Since 1979 more than 140,000 animals have been treated by Wildlife Rescue.
Thanks to the support of individuals like you, Wildlife Rescue can provide a lifeline for animals in distress.
Happy Earth Day! Started in 1970, Earth Day was envisioned as a way to demonstrate support and motivate action for a healthy, sustainable environment.
Wildlife Rescue believes passionately in this vision. We believe each wild animal deserves our respect and that it is incumbent upon each of us to help prevent harm to wildlife and to protect wild animals in their natural environment.
Last month, a horrifically injured Glaucous-winged gull was brought to our hospital with fishing line entangled around its tongue and neck. By the time it was able to be captured and brought to us, the damage was too great and the most we could do was end its suffering humanely. This was a devastating loss for our staff, volunteers, and for the caring individual who brought the animal to us.
Another avoidable injury that our hospital has seen more than once is when a young skunk is brought in with a plastic drink lid slowly choking its airway after getting its head stuck and unable to free itself. Thankfully, those that are found and brought to us generally have a happy ending.
Among the many challenges urban and suburban wildlife face, getting stuck—whether in fencing, leftover food and drink containers, garden netting, soccer nets, even hammocks—is one of the most difficult to survive without early intervention from human helpers.
So what can you do?
Well, as famed anthropologist, Margaret Read, once said,
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Here are a few things you can do to make a difference this Earth Day and become a hero to wildlife for years to come!
Take the Lid Off!
Stow it away!
Patch it up!
Your individual actions DO make a difference. 5 years ago, at Wildlife Rescue hospital, we were seeing quite a few animals injured by the plastic six pack beer and soda pop rings. Thanks to a concerted effort by animal and environmental groups, and with fantastic coverage by the media, people got the message to cut the holes before discarding or recycling. Now, it is rare for us to see animals trapped in them.
We hope that on this Earth Day, you join us in taking care of our wildlife by making personal changes to protect our environment!
If you encounter any of these cases, whether you think it’s an emergency or simply want some information, please contact us at our helpline at 604-526-7275.