Critter Care Wildlife Society–wildlife rehabilitation centre
Created September 22, 2013 by Angela Fontana
Funding Level$100k - 150k (< 2014)
Community SizeMore than 1,000
OverviewCritter Care Wildlife Society provides short and long term care to native mammal species and, through rehabilitation and public education, helps prevent suffering of injured and orphaned wildlife.
Who we are: Critter Care Wildlife Society is a non-profit organization that began in 1984 when our Founder and Executive Directer Gail Martin and her husband, Richard, opened their home to care for injured and orphaned native mammals. Critter Care has since grown into a 5 acre facility that resides in Campbell Valley Regional Park in Langley, British Columbia. We are the ONLY facility in Southern British Columbia that specializes in rescuing, rehabilitating, and the releasing of injured and orphaned native mammals. We are also one of three centres in British Columbia that care for injured and orphaned black bear cubs. Since 2004 Critter Care has rescued and released over 100 orphaned black bear cubs from along the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, the Sea to Sky area (Pemberton, Whistler, and Squamish), British Columbia's Lower Mainland, and from as far East as Cranbrook, BC. To date Critter Care has rehabilitated and released over 45,000 native mammals. In addition Critter Care has a well known internship program. This program provides valuable hands on work experience for university students and those seeking employment in the animal care field. Our Interns come from all over the world, including countries such as Japan, Australia, Peru, and many points in Europe. Interns are given room and board and spend 2 to 12 months at the centre caring for the injured and orphaned mammals that come through our doors. Many interns come back to complete multiple internships, and many continue on to become veterinarians or skilled animal care staff in other animal rescue organizations. Critter Care is also involved with several secondary schools in their co-op programs. Students come to complete one to three week co-op placements at the centre, and gain valuable real world experience that will help them continue on in university related programs.
Problem: Over the years the number of injured and orphaned mammals in need of our care has greatly increased. So far in 2013 Critter Care has provided care to over 1000 mammals. This is a 15% increase compared to last year. With such increases in numbers every year we need to expand our facilities so we may continue to provide our high standards of care to injured and orphaned native mammals.
Solution: Critter Care Wildlife Society is seeking funds to build several new enclosures. We wish to build a fourth bear enclosure to accommodate the growing number of orphaned bears needing rehabilitation. We also need to build two new raccoon enclosures, what we like to call our coondominiums, to accommodate the increasing number of injured and orphaned raccoons. Due to the demand on our well system we have been using large water tanks that are filled by water trucks every few days to provide enough water to clean the enclosures. We need to put in a second well that would reduce or cut out the need to truck in water, making the centre run smoother, and freeing up funds to cover the cost of species specific milk formula and medical supplies. Finally, we wish to build a nursery designed specifically to house neonate river otters and black bear cubs until they are old enough or healthy enough to move into outdoor enclosures. Both of these animals benefit greatly from being housed away from the main nursery, just as we have done with our orphaned skunks. In the past we have converted our executive director's office and isolation room as temporary housing for such orphans. Having their own nursery will allow us to provide better, more specialized care for such orphans.
Critter Care Wildlife Society is a well established and well supported fixture throughout the Lower Mainland and Southern British Columbia. Without our help thousands of injured and orphaned native mammals would have no place to go. There is no Raccoon 911, no Distressed Fawn Help Line, and no Bear cub ER. They come to Critter Care Wildlife Society where these little patients are rehabilitated and released back into the wild. Our centre needs your support – no donation is too small – no heart is to big. Please help us continue to provide a very necessary service to injured and orphaned mammals in need.
Visit us at our website: www.crittercarewildlife.org
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