Looking for a gift for that person on your list who loves wildlife and the environment? Or for someone who has everything? Maybe even a nostalgic gift for that person living abroad? Honour them this year by sponsoring a special wild animal in need in their name.
Gift options include a mailed personalized certificate with a photo of an animal patient, an e-card, or a printable card that can be selected at spca.bc.ca/sponsorwildanimals
Your tax receiptable gift of $25, $50 or $100 will sponsor the care of an injured or orphaned wild animal for a week of treatment at the BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC).
This year, Wild ARC has treated a record 2,400 already by the end of November – 400 more animals than ever before! Your sponsorship will help everything from tiny baby hummingbirds to eagles, owls and deer fawns.
A recent example of one such wild animal in need was an adult male Northern Pygmy Owl (photographed) who was admitted on Nov. 25 to Wild ARC. The smallest of the owl species, he hit a window and was lying stunned on the ground. He was picked up and brought into the centre in good body condition, thankfully with no bruising or broken bones. Suffering from minor head trauma, he received supportive care and cage rest for a two-week period. Flying well and now fully recovered, he was released back where he had been found on Dec. 8.
Help wildlife and scratch off those hard to buy for people from your list this year by giving a special wild gift. A selection of 10 special wild animals for 2013 can be viewed online spca.bc.ca/sponsorwildanimals.
Sponsorship certificates can also be purchased in person from Wild ARC at 1020 Malloch Road in Metchosin, or by calling 250-478-9453.
Photo caption: adult male Northern Pygmy Owl rescued by Wild ARC
The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization funded primarily by public donations. Our mission is to prevent cruelty and to promote the welfare of animals through a wide range of services, including cruelty investigations, emergency rescue and treatment, sheltering and adoption of homeless and abused animals, humane education, advocacy, farm animal welfare, spay/neuter programs, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.