Councillor Sav Dhaliwal, Chair of Burnaby City’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission, was invited on a tour of Wildlife Rescue’s Care Centre to see how a one-time grant from the City is helping the Association deal with one of its busiest seasons on record.
The $7,500 grant was made at the end of 2014 to allow Wildlife Rescue to purchase priority items for the Care Centre including an anesthesia machine, an incubator and surgical instruments.
The number of animals treated at Wildlife Rescue has grown by 45% in four years and in 2014, Wildlife Rescue became the busiest wildlife rehabilitation centre in Canada. With resources stretched to pay for the extra food and medicines required to treat the increased intake, staff have been unable to buy the equipment they need.
“We have been hoping to buy this equipment for several years,” says Linda Bakker, Team Leader of Wildlife Rehabilitation. “The Care Centre was originally built to handle 1,000 animals a year and we are gradually building our capacity to match our current annual intake. We are really thankful for this grant from the City of Burnaby as it enables us to carry out more treatments and more complex procedures.”
Since the start of the year, Wildlife Rescue has admitted more than 2,200 animals. With the new equipment funded by the City, the rehabilitation team is now in a better position to deal with the influx.
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Yolanda Brooks, Communications Manager
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