Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center requests donations after influx of animals in need

Recent cold snap resulted in site seeing an increase in birds and other small animals requiring care

  • Dec. 21, 2016 5:00 p.m.

Elizabeth Melnick feeds a group of orphaned house finches

Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center in Abbotsford is desperately in need of monetary donations to help support an influx of animals needing care due to the recent cold snap.

“The phones are ringing off the hook and every day birds and animals are coming in in record numbers,” said Brenda Rost, education co-ordinator.

She said the animals are having trouble finding food due to the severe weather conditions.

The centre’s hydro bill has gone up as a result of having to keep heaters going around the clock to keep the animals warm.

Rost said donations of clean used sheets are also needed to line the outdoor cages. The centre’s pipes and hoses froze, and volunteers and staff are having to haul water in pails to the clinic, nursery and outdoor enclosures.

Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center provides care and rehabilitation for injured/orphaned wild birds and small animals such as squirrels, rabbits and raccoons.

Monetary donations can be mailed to: Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center, PO Box 15015, Sevenoaks, Abbotsford, BC, V2S 8P1. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more.

They can also be made online through PayPal at elizabethswildlifecenter.org.

For more information about how to help, call 604-852-9173.

(Below: A hummingbird is among the birds currently in care at Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center.)

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