Wildlife centre holds public awareness day

Elizabeth's Wildlife Center will be at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre on July 21

  • Jul. 21, 2013 12:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Melnick is holding a public awareness meeting to educate people about her wildlife centre.

Elizabeth Melnick is holding a public awareness meeting to educate people about her wildlife centre.

Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center will be holding a public awareness day at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre on Sunday, July 21.

The event will run 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. near Sears, and will include activities for children, displays and there will be someone there to answer questions about wildlife.

Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center has been in operation in Abbotsford for over 27 years, with its main purpose to take in all wild birds – except birds of prey – and all small mammals, such as opossums, squirrels, bunnies, ducks, geese, sparrows, finches and crows.

The animals come to the centre sick, injured or orphaned, and Elizabeth Melnick strives to rehabilitate the animals and return them back into the wild as soon as possible. The centre also provides educational presentations for schools and various other groups to educate the public on how to coexist with wildlife and how to reduce the hazards that are out there for animals.

For people who would like to donate supplies, the centre is always in need of paper towels, tissues, bleach, laundry soap, Dawn dishwashing detergent, strained baby food of chicken with broth – not with vegetables or rice – and strained baby food with fruit, especially applesauce.

Melnick relies on donations and the support of volunteers to run the centre, which has treated many animals – including working with local veterinarian Dr. Ken Maquisten, who built a prosthetic for a sandhill crane whose leg was shattered by a flying golf ball.

To make a monetary donation to the centre, visit Sevenoaks on July 21 or donate through PayPal on the centre’s website: www.elizabethswildlifecenter.org.