PHOTO: Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center

Volunteer Chris watches over an opossum at Elizabeth's Wildlife Centre during the open house on Saturday and Sunday.

Volunteer Chris watches over an opossum at Elizabeth's Wildlife Centre during the open house on Saturday and Sunday.

Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center hosted its annual open house event on Saturday and Sunday at their facility on Verdon Way.

The center was established in 1986, and became a non-profit organization in 1999. Elizabeth Melnick, founder and primary caregiver of the Center, is a qualified registered nurse and wildlife rehabilitator. What first began as a rescue center from her home, expanded into Elizabeth’s backyard with construction of aviaries and small housing facilities.

Today, the center is now a fully functioning, independent facility, capable of handling hundreds of injured/orphaned wild birds and animals. The center has four buildings that serve as care-giving facilities.On site are pre-release buildings, and a waterfowl pond for rehabilitation purposes.Each year the center admits over 1000 birds and animals and approximately 50% are fully rehabilitated and released. Each animal is assessed, given necessary treatment, rehabilitated, and if fully recovered, released to their natural environment

The two-day event allows patrons a chance to see what the center is all about, and participate in face painting, games and snacks.