Our Impact 2020

1. We rescued 4,784 injured, orphaned, and pollution-damaged animals

Wildlife Rescue took in thousands of animals in 2020, with the majority of them belonging to the bird and raptor families. In fact, this sector accounted for 97.7% of the rescue, rehabilitation, and release program!

Some of these kinds of birds included:

  • Red Crossbills
  • Pine Siskins
  • California Quails
  • Northern Saw-whet Owls
  • Hummingbirds (Anna’s and Rufous)

Second up, 1.9% of our intakes were mammals, which included:

  • Big Brown Bat, Little Brown Bat, Silver-Haired Bat, Yuma Myotis
  • Eastern Gray Squirrel

Finally, the last 0.4% belongs to what we classify as “other” animals, mainly consisting of reptiles and amphibians, which included:

  • Western Painted Turtle, Garter Snake
  • Western Toad

2. We took 24,589 calls from people in need of help

Sometimes all it takes is a call to help better a situation. While we take in nearly 5,000 animals a year, these are animals who come into us after the Wildlife Helpline advises the finder to bring the animal in. Before that, our experts are on the phone helping assess the situation as best they can.

3. Volunteers gave a total of 26,877 hours to Wildlife Rescue

252 volunteers gave their time, expertise, and care to wildlife. This accounted for a combined 26,877 hours of volunteer time powering this organization!

As a non-profit, we wouldn’t be able to do the work we do without these amazing core group of people who care so much for wildlife they give their precious time to us.

They are the best!

4. The animal rescue and transport traveled 68,520 kilometers

The Rescue, Transport, and Release (RTR) Team traveled all those kilometers to reach animals in distress. The majority of pickups happened in Vancouver, but the program covered animals from all around the Lower Mainland including Abbotsford, Richmond, Burnaby, New West, and beyond.

This service is essential for the rescue program, as well as final transfers of animals to the wild, or to bring them to partners for continued care when our capacity was reached.

5. Wildlife Hospital was open 365 days

Injuries can happen at any time, and we need to be ready when they come. Because of this, Wildlife Rescue’s hospital was open every day last year, and will be this year as well!

Since Wildlife Rescue opened its doors in 1979 we have rescued, rehabilitated and released more than 120,000 animals.

With the ever-increasing number of developments, the steady population growth of the province, and the continued encroachment into wildlife habitat, the impact on our animals is anticipated to only get worse. That is why we’re needed more than ever.

Wildlife Rescue has been here for 40 years due to the generosity of the public. As a non-profit, we rely on our volunteers and donors to keep us going every year. We’re growing, and we can’t wait to see what 2021 brings.

If you want to help Wildlife Rescue continue on please consider giving back. Learn more at www.wildliferescue.ca/give/.