MESSAGE OF THANKS:
As 2017 comes to a close and I look back on the year, it is hard to believe the amount of work that was accomplished. We basically rebuilt a lot of the existing centre and the work is still on-going. Unfortunately animal enclosures do not last forever.
With the loss of habitat the animal admissions increase each year along with an increase in the animal cruelty cases. Animals came in with every type of trap imaginable. For me it is like going back 34 years when I first started. I find it harder and harder to look into the eyes of these animals and see the pain and suffering and I ask myself who could inflict pain on an innocent creature, no matter what that creature is. One can only hope that what goes around, comes around. The quote below says exactly how I feel.
“Animals don’t make me cry, what humans do to animals does.”
Critter Care will survive and carry on so that our native mammals have a safe haven in which the people can bring our orphaned and injured native mammals to.
A lot of animal hugs go out to our Board of Directors, our staff, volunteers, and interns who come from all around the world to help us care for the animals and run the centre. A very special thank you to all our Donors who have helped make it possible to do repairs at the centre and build, build, build. To all of you people who support Critter Care please keep on supporting us. The animals need you and we need you.
I hope to see you all at our Open House next year on July 21 & 22. You will be able to see all that has been accomplished.
In closing I would like to Wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.
KIDS HELPING KRITTERS:
Peyton Latham turned 5 years old on March 8th and along with her 3 year old brother, Logan, came out to Critter Care to donate money she collected at her birthday celebrations instead of presents.
Timing was everything as she got a first-hand look at a baby beaver that was just admitted. This doesn’t happen every day. A big kiss from Jewels the beaver for your kindness Peyton.
Declan McColeman turned 7 years old on June 22 and at his birthday party he asked his family and friends to donate money instead of bringing a present.
He wanted to donate this money to help any of the animals who might have gotten hurt. In return for this donation he was lucky to see a baby opossum that was being tended to by its intern mom.
Thank you Declan for your generosity. Your birthday money will go to good use.
Mika, along with her friends, Dakota and Lyla worked tirelessly manning a Lemonade stand and raised a lot of money that she donated to Critter Care to help the animals.
Thank you so much Mika for your generous donation and your hard work. Please pass on our thanks to your friends Dakota & Lyla as well. You did good.
It never ceases to amaze us all at Critter Care the number of children who care about the animals as much as they do, to give of themselves in one way or another. It gives us hope that the future for the animals is there in the eyes of these youngsters.
In July these three baby beavers were rescued after they were spotted by themselves, coming and going out of their den in an oil filled ditch.
It took a few baths in Dawn soap to rid their fur of the oil. Yes, Dawn really worked. It will take longer to rid their system of the oil.
However, as much as it seemed they would all survive, it was not to be. Only one of the three has survived and doing well. Mobi, as he is called has a roommate named Jewels. Both are growing and will be released in the Spring.
On October 4th, 2017 Critter Care got a call from New Westminster Animal Control about a juvenile raccoon caught in netting. The Animal Control Officer was able to cut the netting around the raccoon enough to get him to us. Once the raccoon arrived at Critter Care we were able free his body of the rest of the netting that he was tied up in. After a full exam it was clear that he had no injuries caused by the netting which was a relief! Staff decided it would be best to monitor him for the next few days before trying to reunite him with mom.
Amazingly on October 5th, 2017 Critter Care got another call from the same Animal Control Officer now very frustrated, because she had asked the home owners to take down the netting to avoid future problems the previous day. Now she was going back to the same house to cut out another raccoon which was assumed to be mom coming back to look for her baby where she last saw him. Once the raccoon got to Critter Care we managed to cut her out of the same netting as the day before. After a full exam she was also given a clean bill of health. Then came the task of reuniting mom and baby, we took them out to a shed and let each of them out of their kennels. Considering their stress levels were quite high there was a bit of growling but once they recognized each other they didn’t leave each other’s side. We kept them for a few days before sending them back home.
September 6th, 2017 Critter Care got a call from a Green House about spotting a dead Opossum in their field which they thought had babies. When the driver got there they discovered six healthy babies still tucked in moms pouch. After getting them back to the center they were warmed up and started on milk. They have grown from eyes closed 50g babies to healthy 400g Opossum’s. It has gotten too cold for them to be released so they will be spending the winter with us and will be released in the spring once it warms up.
On September 4th, 2017 Critter Care was surprised when AAA Wildlife Control showed up with a heated box. Heated boxes are used to put babies in when trying to either reunite with mom or to use as a safe space while mom is relocating them. Staff were very surprised to see this box come through the front door in September as they are only used for babies and it is a little late for a baby to come through the door.
However, to our surprise, there was a very scared 8 week old baby, named Rocket, hiding in the corner. Unfortunately because he is so small and still on milk he cannot go in with the others that we are keeping over winter so he is being kept busy with his own private play room set up by his mom. Once he is fed he gets to go to his play room to burn off some steam before going for a nap until his next feed. He will be staying with us until next year when he will be released.
Early on a September morning we were notified by a Conservation Officer and concerned members of the public about an adult coyote with a bucket or large plastic jar on his head. Our staff headed out to investigate and thankfully were able to locate and catch him. They removed what turned out to be a large plastic jar, gave him a quick check over and then set him free.
It is believed this guy had this jar on his head for a day or two. It makes you wonder how he managed
If only all rescues could go this smoothly.
Intern Danae, from Belgium, got to go on this release of couple of raccoons.
Yes she was still smiling after she was told we will be carrying the raccoons up this 8 foot embankment – somehow! All part of the experience.
These guys are doing what they should. We love it when raccoons climb trees during releases. We just hope they don’t go too high.
Then there are the ones that like to explore leafy patches feeling around for bugs and slugs with their paws. Raccoons have amazing hands that can tell them the difference between a snack and a rock without even looking.
And then sometimes the odd one needs just a bit more time to leave the comforts of their kennel.
OUR BEAR GARDEN:
Talk about amazing. After Bear Cage 1 was vacated by its residents back in June, the cage was basically left closed up and not bothered with till it was necessary to have some workers come in to do some repairs and low and behold this is what we discovered.
It seems various seeds from the food fed to the bears made their way below the gravel and took root. This is without any watering or rain whatsoever.
Behold our crop reaped this past September. We guess the bears decided to repay us for our hospitality. AMAZING!
Speaking of gardens… Critter Crew member, Iris Schneider, has been slaving away all summer beautifying existing gardens and adding new ones to our site.
Iris canvased various nurseries for donations of special plants and our sincere thanks go out to Erikson’s Daylily Gardens, Potters Nursery in S. Surrey and fellow Crew member Margaret Bergdal for their generous donation of beautiful plants.
Critter Care was fortunate again when two separate work parties from RBC came to help with all the yard work. One group on June 3rd shoveled and raked gravel in a couple of cages as well as power washed the triage centre. Then on June 25th the second RBC group carried on where the first group left off.
All in all between both groups they were able to get a lot of work done.
We greatly appreciate Work Parties.
We would like to extend our thanks to organizers Barb Cunningham and Barbara Mallar for a job well done in the planning and executing of our 9th Annual Walk-A-Thon.
Our thanks to the Lions Club for manning our Lunch Barbecue and to the Community Critters who come out every year to help at this event.
Thanks to Fat Chance Ranch (Lama’s), North Shore Bear Rescue, Raptor Ranch Rescue, O.W.L, Wildlife Rescue Association, and Metro Vancouver Parks for their wonderful displays.
Also our deepest gratitude goes out to all our special volunteers who helped with various needs of this event and who worked that day in making it a relaxed and peaceful day of fun. Even the weatherman cooperated yet again for us.
Gail Martin steps up to the starting block along with Sarah Nichols of the Fat Chance Ranch and Bandit-the-Meerkat from Community Critters to get the walk started.
Gail, meeting the Lions and getting her burger. How does she always manage to be first in line?
SADIE & SAWYER
FOSTER A FURRY CRITTER
Registered Charity # 896439387 RR0001
o Opossums $35. o Squirrels/Chipmunks $35. o Rabbits $35 o Mink/Marmots/Weasels $35.
o Skunks $50. o Porcupines $75. o Raccoons $75. o Beavers $75. o Coyotes $75.
o Fawns $100 o River Otters $100. o Rare and Unusual (Black Bear Cubs) $250
o I Wish to Make a Donation
My Name: ______________________________ As a fosterer you will
Address: _______________________________ receive a certificate with
City/Prov.: _____________________________ a picture of one of our
Postal Code: __________Phone: ____________ furry critters.
o VISA o MASTERCARD o CHEQUE o CASH
Card # __________________________ Expiry: _______
Total Amount: ________ Signature: ______________________
Please make cheques’ payable to: Critter Care Wildlife Society, 481 216th Street,
Langley, BC V2Z 1R6