COMING TO THE OPEN HOUSE?
With all the babies needing lots of TLC, we’re going through so much paper products, it sure would be great if you could bring along a box or two of Kleenex, a roll or two of paper towels and even toilet paper would be a big help to us. Doing this is a huge help to us at this time Thank you.
MESSAGE OF THANKS AND CONTINUED NEED:
This year’s start to baby season has to go down as a first for us when it comes to unusual admissions. First was an adult opossum with babies in her pouch (see her story following). She was suffering an injured leg. The next unusual admission was mommy coyote with her very young pups. She was not injured, she just happened to be somewhere she was not wanted and was trapped by the property owner and we were asked to take her in. We did, to allow her pups to grow bigger and we would release her at that time. The last one was of an adult beaver with an injury on her lower back and as we learned afterwards was pregnant (see her story following).
Needless to say following these unusual admissions the normal influx of needy critters has been going on endlessly. Coming in from a variety of ways including just the other day by helicopter landing in our field bringing in two very tiny fawns.
Critter Care has grown exponentially over the years as has the corresponding expenses needed to keep it the haven it is for our animals. I can’t express deeply enough our thanks to all of you who faithfully contribute to this need, as without that support this haven would not exist. We pray this supports continues to be there for the animals.
Maureen Binnie, President
What does one have to do to get a bite of food?
Beatrice & Babies:
March 20, 2018 Critter Care received a call about an injured opossum. When Critter Care staff arrived they found that the person had put her in a box. Once back at Critter Care she was given a full head to toe exam and that’s when we noticed 3 small babies in her pouch, staff did notice she walked with a funny limp so to be extra sure of her injures a quick visit to the Vet was in order. Luckily for her it was confirmed she had an old break in her back foot but it was already healed and she would be okay, so for now she is staying here, being kept fat and healthy so that she can raise her babies the best she can, once the weather improves and babies get a bit bigger the whole family will be released.
Sitka (mom) Aspen (baby):
April 20th, 2018 Critter Care received a call from a concerned member of the public regarding an injured beaver in the Vancouver area. Upon arrival we noticed that the beaver had a very large puncture wound on her back at the base of her tail that was infested with maggots, and she was also EXTREMELY aggressive and hard for staff to handle. After cleaning her wound a vet appointment was made to have her sedated and thoroughly checked out. While at the vet we discovered that she was pregnant which explained the aggressive behavior. She was cleaned up and sent back on her way to Critter Care where staff set her up fit for a queen in the beaver enclosure awaiting the arrival of her little one. May 7, 2018 baby was born. It is now May 29th, and he has just about tripled his body weight, mom and baby are doing well and are just waiting for baby to get a bit bigger before release.
May 4th, 2018 Kylo was brought to Critter Care by a member of the public who managed to catch him running alone down Hwy 1 on the Langley/Surrey border. He was given a full examination and received a clean bill of health. He was our first coyote pup of the season, so he was set up in one of our isolation rooms and given lots of enrichment to keep him busy. A couple weeks went by and 3 more pups were brought to us after mom was hit by a car in North Vancouver. All pups are together now and have since moved outside to a shed, enjoying more space to rough and tumble around and lots of new smells. They will stay with us until later in the summer when they will be big enough for release.
Papaya and Blue(berry):
Critter Care received a call from a gentleman May 14th, 2018 about 3 baby raccoons that fell 20+ feet from the rafters at his job site in Port Kells. Unfortunately, when our volunteer arrived one of the babies had passed away due to its injuries, the other two had minor injuries but were very traumatized. After a full exam one of the babies was given the “OK”, the other had a slight concussion and bruising along the nose which made bottle feeding extremely difficult. He was syringe fed for the first 24 hours to allow swelling to go down and they have both since joined the family group and are doing well.
Duke and Daisy:
On May 15th, 2018 the Animal Emergency Clinic of the Fraser Valley received 2 fawns from mission after their mom had been killed. The clinic held them over night and they were transferred to us in the morning, they were both very small when they came in so they were kept inside until they were stable and on the bottle. They are now in our fawn enclosure with free roaming privileges for a few hours a day to scurry around together. They will be released in late summer when they are old enough.
As of the writing of this newsletter, two more young fawns from the Sechelt area were flown in by helicopter, landing in our field. Looks like Duke & Daisy have some playmates.
Seymour & River:
May 28th, 2018 Critter Care got a call from Conservation regarding two orphaned bear cubs on their way down from North Vancouver. Staff got the cage, food and medical supplies ready for their arrival. When Conservation showed up both cubs were already awake so they were given a once over and because they fell out of a tree during capture, they were kept in a large kennel in the triage centre pending a Vet appointment the next day.
Following their visit to the Vet they were moved outside to the isolation section of one of our bear enclosures where they are now living. They were only given the shed for the first couple days to get use to their new surroundings, once they were comfortable they were given the run of isolation during the day and locked up at night. Now they have the whole isolation part of the cage at all times, eating lots, and doing what babies do… making a mess! The neighborhood they came from was nice enough to sponsor the cubs and their care while they stay with us so they were given the opportunity to name the cubs. Seymour is the boy and River is the girl. Both happy, healthy and doing great!
WANTING TO HELP?
Do you want to help the animals’? Here are a few simple ways you can, all the while you are doing what you need to do or would like to do for yourself:
Nature’s Fare Market www.naturesfare.com/find-a-store/langley/
Critter Care is a proud member of Nature’s Fare Market 3% Club. That means if you already shop there, or plan to, check them out at the 120 – 19880 Langley Bypass location, just leave your purchase receipt or a copy of it (they will copy it for you), and advise that it is for Critter Care and we will get 3% of your purchased sales.
Just a great way to support the animals while doing your own shopping in a great store!
Canadian Tire Dollars
Most of us shop at one time or another at a Canadian Tire store and receive Canadian Tire Dollars. You can save those dollars then bring them in or mail them to Critter Care. It’s surprising just how beneficial those dollars are to us. When we get a sizable amount we can purchase any number of things we need.
Langley Bottle Depot 20137 Industrial Ave, Langley, BC
Willowbrook Recycling 19641 60th Ave, Langley, BC
Most everyone takes their bottles & cans to recycle. Right? Well, why not go to one of the above recycling establishments as Critter Care has accounts with each and you can donate your recycle monies to Critter Care. Just ask the attendant to put it to Acct.905 at Willowbrook Recycling or Acct. 522 at Langley Bottle Depot.
Critter Care GOLD CLUB
Shop Smart and help us buy milk for our babies! Join the Gold Club at www.ccGoldClub.org today. It’s convenient, easy, and costs you nothing extra!
KIDS GIVING TO KRITTERS:
Justine Flaubert (left) from Coquitlam got her friends to bring donations for Critter Care to her 12th Birthday.
Kai McLeod (right) from Kelowna won a contest put on by his school, Watson Road Elementary School, that earned him $50.00 and he asked that it be given to the animals of Critter Care. That’s a win for the animals too.
Fort Langley Leo Club
The Fort Langley Leo Club hosted a benefit concert on May 18th, Friday night, at the Chief Sepass Theatre in Fort Langley. It was emceed and organized by Erica Won, the president of the club, and consisted of a wide variety of performances unique to Langley Fine Arts School from musical theatre to dance solos and writing pieces. Through much hard work and dedication, they were able to raise and donate $500.00 to the Critter Care Wildlife Society.
In prior years, the Fort Langley Leo Club raised money from the concert to donate to the Red Cross, an international organization. Though, they wanted to try something different this year. They decided to go local and help the one thing that everybody loves: animals. They talked with teachers, fellow peers, and community members, to see which organization aligned most with their values. They stumbled upon the Critter Care Wildlife Society and after doing much research into their website, they decided to contact the organization. They were able to get a private hour with the facility to get a better understanding of what exactly Critter Care did, and get a representative, John Wilcock, to speak to audience members on the night of the concert. It was a great experience for the Fort Langley Leo Club to work with a local animal rehabilitation centre and be able to see the positive impact their donations would make.
From the bottom of their paws and from deep in their hearts the critters wish to extend their thanks to all children who give of themselves to help them.
On behalf of those who can’t speak for themselves, we at Critter Care would like to thank everyone who came out to our Spring Auction & Dinner. We hope you all enjoyed the evening and came away with some bargain items and or trips.
Special thanks go to all individuals and businesses who donated all the wonderful variety of items for bidding on. Our deepest thanks to Lesley Fox and Adrian Nelson of The Fur-Bearers for their informative presentation on the Beavers. We all learned something new. Our deep gratitude to Randy Hind and John Cotton of Cotton Auctions for their amazing and successful calling for the Live Auction items and to our friend Linda Aylesworth of Global TV for once again acting as our MC for the evening.
And last but not least by any means is our heartfelt thanks to all our volunteers who did an amazing job of canvassing, for helping with the set-up and working during the evening. Thanks to Charlotte Boychuk for all the amazing photos she took during the evening. You all were a big part of making this event so successful.
BIG HUGS FROM OUR FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS
THE ANIMAL BILL OF RIGHTS
To our special friends
The right to live without hurt and pain
And to love and be loved.
The right to a warm and healthy environment
And to be provided food and shelter.
The right to happiness and companionship
And to live in peace and comfort.
The right to protect and to be protected
And to cuddle and to be cuddled
The right to age gracefully and with integrity and beauty
And to be given respect as a worthy companion.
The right to have your RIGHTS represented by a caring friend
And to part from this life with dignity.
SEYMOUR & RIVER
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 $150. o Rare and Unusual (Black Bear Cubs) $500.
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