A donation from G&F Financial Group is helping the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC weather one of its busiest seasons on record.
The BC credit union, which is a long-time supporter of the wildlife rehabilitation charity out at Burnaby Lake, donated a grant of $7,500 through its charitable arm, the G&F Financial Foundation. The funds have been used to purchase priority items for the Wildlife Rescue 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,” said 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 G&F Financial Foundation as it enables us to carry out more treatments and more complex procedures.”
In less than six months, Wildlife Rescue has already admitted more than 2,200 animals. With the new equipment funded by G&F Financial, 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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