How to Safely Drop-Off Wildlife During COVID-19

Posted April 9, 2020 by Vindi Sekhon

During the busy Spring and Summer months, injured and orphaned baby birds are in need of your support. Together, we can continue to provide services in our local communities by helping wildlife in need.

Hundreds of injured and orphaned wildlife arrive at Wildlife Rescue due to window and car strikes, nest disturbances, and natural and human disturbances.

You can be of service to wildlife and the environment while maintaining healthy and safe physical distancing practices. Guided by the Province of BC, Wildlife Rescue staff and volunteers are working diligently to minimize the number of people on-site.

Below is your step-by-step guide that takes you through the process of dropping off rescued animals.

Found an animal in distress?

  • If, at any time you are unsure what to do, please call the Support Centre for advice on how to handle injured wildlife.
  • If you are going to handle wildlife on your own, we suggest wearing gloves for the safety of animals and yourself. Use a cardboard box with small ventilation holes and a completely secure top. Place a towel inside and put the animal on the towel, closing the top quickly and securely. Place a towel over the box.
  • Items such as towels will not return be returned to you for health and safety reasons.

Dropping off at Wildlife Rescue:

  • Please call our Support Centre to notify us prior to arriving.
  • Our drop off hours are from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • The Wildlife Support Centre is available to answer questions from 10:00 am–4:00 pm daily, 7 days a week.
  • Please refrain from accessing the site if you have tested positive for COVID-19, are under self-quarantine, self-monitoring or have travelled outside of the province and country in the last 10 days.
  • If you plan to drop wildlife at the center please follow these instructions:
    • When you are within sight of the end of Glencarin Drive – a back windy road – you will notice the administration building on your left with a shed-Drop Off Hut in front. Yellow tape markings are set up for physical distancing
    • Please park in any of the parking spots in either parking lot.
    • Walk towards the Administration building, away from the yellow tape and into the Drop off Hut in the front. You will see a sign that reads “INTAKE SHED”
    • Place your bird in a secured and ventilated box on the shelf inside the intake shed.
    • Completely fill out the front side of the white intake form (located on the clipboard) so we know where the bird was found and what happened to it.
    • Place the form under the box.
    • Ensure the door to the Intake Shed is securely closed when you depart.
    • Donations may be made on our website 24 hours a day. We discourage cash donations from being left in the shed overnight.

While Wildlife Rescue does everything it can to rescue injured wildlife, it can only take these animals in with your support. Animals in remote and rural areas are hard to access and with limited transportation during these unprecedented times makes the task challenging for all. With your support, we can help wildlife in need.

Thank you for saving wildlife during these critical times! There is a small donation box in the shed for you to support the animal you dropped off or donate here.

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