Since 1979 the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC has been the lifeline to more than 100,000 injured and orphaned animals, giving those we cared for a second chance at a natural life.
To this day Wildlife Rescue cares for 5,000 animals annually, far more than the 1,500 the hospital was designed for. The only reason we have the privilege of doing this work is because of you, and together with your help we are going to face down one of our biggest challenges yet.
Each spring and summer thousands of baby birds and ducklings are admitted and cared for at the hospital. And for the first time in our history the hospital is temporarily closed! Do note, we are still accepting patients and caring for injured wildlife with a strong network of partners, so keep coming by!
This past winter has taken a huge toll on our thirty-year old facility. Due to overuse, water damage and wood rot the building is in dire straits. To top it off, this condition led to rodents escaping the snow by moving into our warm hospital!
It is critical that we address this now to ensure a healthy and safe space for both the wildlife and the people who care for them. Your helpful support turns a dangerous situation back into life-saving conditions.
Wildlife Rescue employees have ripped out walls, crates, and materials from the hospital as part of the restoration efforts.
AAA Wildlife Control has helped tear out cabinets to get behind and underneath them in search of more rat nests and entry holes.
AAA Wildlife Control employees looking at an entry hole for rats. Due to a cold winter, rats nested throughout the hospital for warmth and food.
An entryway for rodents.
The hospital has been emptied during this time.
While our hospital building is under repair, our staff and volunteers continue to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife in distress with a strong network of partners. This structure includes:
• Helpline operations have expanded to address the many calls coming in and to work together with a variety of other organizations to provide the care and treatment needed.
• Volunteer teams transfer animals brought to our Centre to other partnering rehabilitation organizations.
• Burnaby SPCA has dedicated a room in their shelter for our staff to take in, exam and stabilize animals before transporting to a partnering rehabilitation centre.
• Critter Care Wildlife Society is accepting all mammals and their volunteers are working with our volunteers to transport out to Langley.
• We are providing Wildlife Rescue hospital staff to Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center in Abbotsford who is accepting songbirds and waterfowl from our program on a regular basis.
You ensure the future for wildlife rehabilitation by supporting us to reach a goal of $50,000 by May 1st.
Your donation provides much needed respite in time for baby season! These improvements will improve our ability to provide ongoing medical care better than ever before.
Some areas of attention include:
• A leaking hot water boiler
• Inadequate food storage capacity
• Wash stations for cleaning contaminated fur and feathers
Together we continue to honour the legacy of those who started Wildlife Rescue Association all those years ago. Our partnership is a commitment the best achievable care for wild animals that fall victim to human activities and returning them to their natural environment.
We are profoundly grateful for the support of these organizations with which we share passion, commitment and dedication for a high quality of care for wildlife. Please join us in this community effort!
Donations of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt provided the donor’s full name and address are provided.