It’s been another busy year at Wild ARC – the year isn’t even over and we’ve cared for more than 2,600 wild animals this calendar year.
During the busy season from May to September, Wild ARC staff were busy reuniting baby animals with their wild moms (including baby birds, deer fawns, raccoons, goslings, squirrels and rabbits), caring for orphans, as well as continuing to care for other sick and injured animals.
It takes more than just Wild ARC’s skilled rehabilitators to care for thousands of wild patients each year. Despite all the extra precautions and challenges due to COVID-19, our dedicated team of more than 220 active volunteers collectively donated more than 24,500 hours of their time in a wide variety of animal care and husbandry tasks, and limited fundraising activities.
Our dedicated staff and volunteers were thrilled to be recognized when Wild ARC was awarded the Favourite Non-Profit Best of the Westshore Award – for the second year in a row!
Want to do your part in helping wild animals this holiday season? Check out these four easy ways you can help.
1) Sponsor a Wild Animal or enclosure
Choose a favourite wild animal and support their recovery by funding a week of their care, or increase your impact by sponsoring a wild animal enclosure for one, two or three years. There are many wild animals that need your help, sponsor one week of care for a hummingbird or raccoon in need, or even sponsor a flight pen to help us care for eagles and other large raptors.
2) Make a wild patient care package
It takes a long list of items to help our wildlife center run smoothly. Take a look at our supplies wish list (PDF) to find out what kind of food, animal care items, office supplies and cleaning products we need. Bringing in a care package of our most-needed items is a great holiday activity for the family and shows your support for local wildlife.
PS – are you doing any holiday shopping on Amazon this year? Consider adding a few items from our Amazon wish list to your order.
3) Make a Donation
Making a donation online is fast and simple – as a registered charity, you’ll receive a tax receipt for your donation. Whether it’s food, medical supplies, or other care items, a direct donation helps us use funds where they’re needed most for wild patients on the road to recovery.
If you want to help wildlife all year round, consider joining a monthly donation plan. Knowing we have these donations helps us plan ahead for the busy summer season.
*Donate offline by calling 1-250-478-9453 , or mail us a cheque at 1020 Malloch Road, Victoria BC, V9C 4G9.
4) Volunteer your Time
Our busy animal care season generally runs from April to September, but helping hands are needed year-round. From wildlife transport to facility cleaning and maintenance, check out our wide variety of volunteer roles.