Well, here we are again near the end of another year and winter fast approaching. All animal releases have been done and the number of animals spending the winter with us is less than previous years.
This is a good thing. This allows staff and interns to do some in-depth cleaning and organizing the Centre and cages for the inevitable start of the 2019 baby cycle just a few short months ahead.
Interior decorating of cages has started thanks to a tree trimming firm who delivered some wonderful logs and stumps to be put in the larger cages and the stumps for the smaller ones. They helped moving these logs with the use of their equipment. This will give existing and future guests something to climb on and explore. It keeps them occupied, curious and amused. Better known as enrichment.
Once again I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers, our business partners, our amazing supporters, our staff, interns and the Board of Directors who have helped us this past year in many different ways.
I’m sure you all know Critter Care would cease to exist for the animals if it wasn’t for all of you. Please continue with your help. You do make a difference.
Bear hugs and sloppy kisses from your four legged furry friends.
Maureen Binnie, President
AnimalKind – handled with care
Anyone who has dealt with mice in their basement or a squirrel chewing through their home wiring knows that quick and effective action is a must. Wildlife rehabilitation centres frequently see cases of “pest control gone wrong”, but can the problem be solved without unnecessary harm to animals? The BC SPCA’s new AnimalKind accreditation helps you identify wildlife management services that will remove uninvited guests as humanely as possible.
The program accredits pest control and wildlife management companies committed to using animal-welfare based standards with the BC SPCA stamp of approval. AnimalKind has also developed pilot standards for dog training, to help connect dog owners with trainers who use verified humane methods.
To find an accredited company in your area or to learn more about the program, visit www.animalkind.ca
KIDS HELPING KRITTERS:
Recognize this young man? You should. He’s been in our newsletter numerous times because of his kindness to the animals.
10 year old Levi Vizza brought another donation to our Open House this year. Money raised from bottle returns, his allowance and his birthday. I can see Levi becoming an animal rescuer when he grows up.
Also donated during our Open House, moneys raised during both Connor & Evan Ireland’s (no picture available) birthday celebrations. Another example of youngsters caring for animals and wanting to help whatever way they can.
9 year old Sylvia Hellman (no picture available) is yet another youngster who raised money during her birthday to help the animals. She even took the time and drew this special greeting card to go with her donation.
5 year old Addiline Legge and 8 year old Kai Legge brought in with their donation for the animals.
They came to our Open House and brought a trout for the Otters that Kai had caught himself. Yummy says Orca the Otter.
ONCE AGAIN TODAYS YOUNGSTERS ARE HELPING IN MANY WAYS AND ABOVE ALL, CARE SO MUCH FOR THE ANIMALS.
STAFF HELPING PEOPLE:
Critter Care Supervisors are forever going out on rescue of animals, vet appointments or just ordinary errands for supplies. That’s their job. HOWEVER……
On September 17th, Supervisor Brooklynn happened to be in the right place, at the right time and did something that will stay with her forever – she saved a man’s life.
As Brooklynn tells it,
“I was at my last pick up when I noticed an elderly man, walking towards the store looking rather pale and sluggish, I shrugged it off at first just minding my own business, and on my way out he caught my eye again, but this time he was worse, grabbing at his chest and trying to lower himself down towards the pavement. I approached the man as he sat himself down on the curb, introducing myself, letting him know that I am a certified Emergency Medical Responder and I asked if he needed help.
I was starting to get a bit concerned for the man when I noticed him starting to shake and his color was draining from his face, I felt myself start to panic but instead knew that I had to keep him talking so I just started asking questions.
After he said all of those things I started to put the pieces together and realized that this man was having a heart attack and I needed to act quickly. As I was finishing up on the phone with 911 the man slumped over against the bush behind him, I knew ambulance was on the way but I needed to do whatever I could to help him until they got there. I did everything I could to get a response of sign of life from the man but when I got nothing I knew I needed to start CPR.
I saw the ambulance race into the parking lot… I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see paramedics in my life. Two paramedics jumped out and asked what my credentials/training was? I told them that I had just finished the Emergency Medical Responder course two weeks prior; they asked me if I was comfortable helping them get him onto the stretcher, I agreed. I continued CPR while one paramedic set the stretcher/backboard up and the other paramedic started hooking him up to their machines. Once he was all loaded up the paramedic took my info and phone number to pass on to the wife who was meeting them at the hospital.
I got a call from a very emotional lady around 6:30pm that night, she introduced herself as the man’s wife and thanked me endlessly for saving her husband’s life.”
Needless to say we were very proud of Brooklynn.
DUMPSTER DIVING GOES AWRY – TWICE IN ONE DAY:
On October 3rd we had not one but two rescues involving skunks with their heads stuck in dumpsters’ holes.
No one knew how long this poor fellow had been stuck but he was definitely pinned in the hole for some time. Staff and interns spent around an hour and a half lubricating its neck to no avail. Supervisor Breanne decided she’d have to go inside the dumpster to get a better handle on the situation. Needless to say she was covered in garbage juice but did see that the skunks’ neck was badly swollen.
Not wanting to give up but realized they needed help Breanne called Nathan at the Centre for the phone number of the Langley Non-Emergency Fire Department number and was told that he, as well, had to go on a skunk rescue in Surrey under the same condition. The Langley Fire Department were amazing and came within twenty minutes and assisted.
Finally getting this little guy free resulted in seeing it had very serious injuries and was rushed back to the Centre, but despite all this effort he did not survive.
The second call out was in Surrey. Critter Care staff/intern along with the help from the Surrey Fire Department worked for 5 hours to get this poor skunk out. He was taken back to the Centre with minor injuries and is being treated with medication. The fast action of both staff and the Surrey Fire Department helped to save this animals life.
Then, believe it or not, on October 12th we got another call for the same thing. A skunk with its head stuck in a dumpster but this time in Vancouver. Again, staff and volunteers/interns and this time the Vancouver Fire Department rolled on this call.
This guy too had a badly swollen neck but was lucky to survive and was taken back to Critter where he too is on medication and will make a full recovery along with the Surrey skunk.
On behalf of the Skunk population and all other critters we would like to extend our gratitude to Langley, Surrey and Vancouver Fire Departments for their amazing and much appreciated assistance.
If you are a business owner/manager your dumpsters likely have drainage holes and we are asking for your help too. Perhaps you could find a way to attach some sort of screen over the holes to prevent these hungry critters sticking their heads in and then ending up this way. We sure would appreciate this help. Thank you.
An AAH STORY:
Mamma Opossum was admitted on May 5th. It was thought that she was possibly hit with a weed whacker but after full examination this was not the case. She had sparse hair on her head and bloody ears from scratching, she had fleas, a severe neurological problem as well as a very bad upper respiratory and nose infection. She also had an ulcer in her right eye.
To top it off Mama also had 9 six week old babies in her pouch.
She was given treatments that were safe while nursing and after her babies were old enough they were pulled so we could be more aggressive with her treatment. Her babies were raised and released at the end of July.
Mamma is a very old opossum. They only live about 3 years in the wild and we think she is on the higher end of 2.5 years old. She still has some issues with her nose as well. She is a palliative case and will live out her days in luxury at Critter Care being cared for by her foster mommy, Supervisor Breanne.
Deborah Connelly, owner/operator of Unicus Studios in Chilliwack (www.unicusstudio.com) has a love of animals. How can you tell? Right?
With this love and her artistic talent she put on a fundraising campaign for Critter Care where for a $5.00 donation your name would be entered to win a tattoo worth over $900. She raised over $3000. Thank you so very much Deborah.
Grand Hale Marine Products Co. Ltd. is a family-owned business that believe in giving back to the community in a big way. They do this with a concert each year that benefits a charity. The wonderful thing is the band is comprised of owner Spencer Cheung and other family and friends.
For the past few years Grand Hale has dedicated this concert to Critter Care Wildlife Society. Spencer and his family are huge animal lovers. They just had the latest concert on October 20th and boy can they strum a guitar. It was a huge success as always and everyone had a wonderful time.
We thank Spencer and his family & band for all their kind support. They are an amazing band.
Each year Potter’s on 48th Avenue hold a Ladies Night Out at their store. This year it was on November 1st & 2nd. The store is an array of Christmas gift ideas, wine, entertainment and snacks. It’s a marvelous night to come out and see all the Christmas decorations and gifts available. Tickets for this event usually sell out well in advance. This year was no different.
For the past few years Potter’s has donated part of the proceeds to Critter Care Wildlife Society. We always have a table there as well with our calendars and other goodies. Again this year Potter’s has done this for us and we are so very grateful to them.
Critter Care is very lucky in having quite a few wonderful and caring volunteers to call on for special events. We had over 60 volunteers helping us this past year at our Open House and we wanted to thank them all. We decided to have a Pot Luck lunch at the Centre on September 23rd and had a special thank you cake made. Everyone brought something so the array of delicious food was amazing.
Our youngest volunteer, Alice Bolam, shows off the delicious dessert.
INTERN TEAM BUILDING:
On the rare occasion when all the work is done and critters are fed we like to do some fun, yet educational team building with our interns.
This day we decided to do some training in the art of catching, restraining and kenneling rather feisty raccoons. Oh my! This intern caught a big one. Now what.
MEET OUR 2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Taken at this years’ Annual General Meeting on November 4th. Right to Left:
President – Maureen Binnie,
Treasurer – Jan Myrol,
Director – Santa Claus aka Don Griffith,
Vice-President – Lynda Brown
Director – Bob Warnick,
Director – Eleanor Wells.
DATE OF GALA: April 27, 2019
LOCATION: Cascades Casino – Ballroom 20393 Fraser Highway, Langley
Time: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
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 V2Z 1R6