Do you know where sick, injured and orphaned wildlife can get help in your community? BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) helps distressed wild animals get back on their paws, claws and wings all year long, but there’s only one time of year when community members can get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at wildlife rehabilitation in action.
Wild ARC admitted a record-breaking 2,508 wild patients last year, and expects another busy spring and summer season ahead. This specialized centre is generally closed to the public to give patients the best possible chance to recover and return to the wild. However, once a year they open their doors and invite the public to explore the facility and learn more about how they help the community’s wild neighbours.
Knowledgeable volunteers guide tour groups through the 10-acre property, explaining how the rehabilitation staff and volunteers care for approximately 140 different species each year.
“It’s a remarkable team effort to care for so many wild patients,” explains Wild ARC’s manager Kari Marks, “and we’re looking forward to this opportunity for the community to discover just what it takes to help these animals return to the wild.”
Wild ARC’s Open House will take place between noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday March 28th and Sunday March 29th – tour reservations are required, visit spca.bc.ca/tourwildarc2015 to reserve.
There is no charge for this family friendly event, but gifts of food and supplies to help care for the animals are much appreciated and a wish list is provided with registration. Wild ARC is located at 1020 Malloch Road in Metchosin.
Only 1,000 guests can be accommodated during the two-day event, so reserve a spot today with your family and friends!
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.