Success Stories

Head Count

In 2016 Wildlife Rescue treated almost 4,700 animals making it one of the busiest years on record. Staff at the hospital treated dozens of different species including more than 200 Northern flickers, 117 black-capped chickadees, 82 hummingbirds, 40 great blue herons, 13 trumpeter swans and five different species of hawk including rough-legged and sharp-shinned hawks. Read More

Hectic Holidays

It was a white, waddling Christmas at Wildlife Rescue where staff and volunteers cared for 20 different species including five trumpeter swans that have been in care for several weeks. With a wingspan of 185cm or more, these large birds have been keeping staff and volunteers on their toes for the past few weeks. The Read More

Sustain Us

Monthly giving benefits both Wildlife Rescue and our donors. By opting for this method of sustainable giving, you can help the organization ensure that it has a steady income all year round. The level of donations fluctuates throughout the year. With the ongoing support of our monthly donors, we can prioritize animal care during our Read More

2017 Calendar

Wildlife Rescue’s 2017 calendar is now available.  We’ve sold out in the past so get yours before they’re gone!  Photographers William Murdoch, Tracy Riddell and Paul Steeves have donated a collection of stunning images that feature animals out in the wild and some of our past patients. From December 5 onwards, the price increases to Read More

100,000 and counting

Thanks to the dedication and commitment of people like you, Wildlife Rescue reached an amazing milestone in 2016. Since 1979, the hospital has treated over 100,000 animals! Meet Elsa, an injured snow goose that arrived at Wildlife Rescue on Christmas Eve last year. A pellet may have shattered her ulna but it couldn’t keep her Read More

Pit Rescue

Wildlife Rescue carried out its most daring rescue of 2016 to catch a trumpeter swan that was stranded at the bottom of a pit flooded with polluted water. The young swan originally crash landed onto the Vancouver construction site, which is undergoing environmental remediation, on Wednesday evening. Believing it would take off again once recovered, Read More

Lethal Leg-hold

A Canada goose that was injured after getting caught in a leg-hold trap has died. The goose was found on the green of a Surrey golf course on the evening of May 19 slumped on the ground and bleeding heavily. It tried to escape but was unable to fly due to its injuries. While it Read More

Set Free

When this young female skunk arrived at Wildlife Rescue, she was severely emaciated and dehydrated and weighed little more than a kilogram. She was in such poor shape that rehabilitation staff thought she would not survive. The skunk was originally rescued from a trap set on a suburban plot in Coquitlam which had been left Read More

The Big Clean-Up

The Wildlife Rescue Association of BC (WRA) has been left to pick up the cleaning bill after a contamination incident at a pond in Surrey left more than a dozen water birds soiled. The Wildlife Helpline got the first call about an oily orange substance in a pond near the Hazelmere RV Park near 8th Read More

Snaking News

More than 500 garter snakes were returned to their home on Boundary Bay Dike in Delta on Sunday following a successful rescue and recovery mission involving the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC. The snakes were unearthed at the beginning of March during repair work on a rock dike being carried out by SNC-Lavalin on behalf Read More

First Class Travel

On a voyage south from Alaska, the cruise ship Diamond Princess gained a stow-away in the form of a Cassin’s auklet (Ptychoramphus aleuticus). Despite the best efforts of the crew to persuade the seabird to fly away, and attempts by passengers to feed it cupcakes, it grew attached to its new home and spent several Read More

The Long Goodbye

When an orphaned pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) fledgling arrived at the WRA in early June, rehabilitation staff knew they had a challenge on their hands. While the Care Centre sees a handful of these woodpeckers each year, fledgling patients are extremely rare. Pileated woodpeckers enjoy a longer-than-average “childhood” and typically spend 10 months in the Read More