How to Safely Drop-Off Wildlife During COVID-19

With the weather getting colder hundreds of wildlife are in need of your support this time of year. 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, food shortages, winter cold snaps 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. We have arranged a drop-off hut for members of the public to safely bring injured and orphaned animals to the hospital for help.

If you find an animal in distress outside the local Wildlife Rescue rehabilitation centre please contact Wildlife Rescue Support Centre immediately for directions on how to safely remove this animal and seek help.

Below is your step-by-step guide that takes you through the process of dropping off rescued animals. We assure you that there will be no physical contact or interaction with any staff or volunteer during your rescue drop off.

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.

Please adhere to these Wildlife Rescue COVID-19 Protocols

Dropping off at Wildlife Rescue On-site

  • 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.
  • If you need to drop off wildlife outside these hours, please contact our friends at Animal Emergency Clinic of Fraser Valley
  • Please refrain from accessing the site if you have tested positive for COVID-19, are under self-quarantine, self-monitoring or have traveled 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”
  • Once inside, you will find, gloves, disinfectant wipes and a walkie-talkie to your right.
  • Please put on gloves and disinfect the walkie-talkie.

  • Hold down the left button at the top, speak into the walkie to introduce yourself, letting the hospital staff know you are here to drop-off an injured animal
  • Staff or a volunteer will answer back and provide any details or answer questions you may have. There will be no physical interaction.

  • Safely place the box with the animal inside in the shed
  • You will find a clipboard with a case sheet. Please fill as much information as possible–where the animal was found, do you know the injury? LEAVE YOUR NAME AND PHONE NUMBER in case we need to contact you with questions.
  • Disinfect the walkie, close the shed and remove your gloves.
  •  Place the gloves and wipes in the trash bin located to the left of the shed.
  • Thank you for saving wildlife! A staff member will be in touch with you if you would like an update on the animal you rescued. BE SURE TO leave your name, email address, and phone number.

 

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.


Posted in Education, Home Page, What's New, Wildlife Stories
Tags: , , , , ,