Staff at the BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Center (Wild ARC) say they are in desperate need of building materials to keep the animals in their care safe.
Many animal enclosures on the four-plus-hectare property in Metchosin, British Columbia, need repairs or modifications to accommodate the wild animals housed at the rehabilitation center.
The agency is appealing to the public for donations of lumber and plywood as it prepares to welcome new animals in need of care.
“We’re a nonprofit, so we don’t have a lot of money to do things,” Wild ARC director Ginelle Smith said. “There’s a lot of building and building going on and I’m sure there are a lot of companies or individuals who have spare parts they don’t need.”
Smith says Wild ARC is looking for a range of lumber, ranging from two-by-two lengths to plywood sheets. She says the need to rebuild the enclosures is even greater this year due to climate change.
“Some improvements are needed due to heat domes in the summer and [also] bird flu outbreaks,” Smith said. “We have to rebuild some quarantine pathway and what we are asking for is help for us to do that.”
Smith says that in 2021, Wild ARC staff rehabilitated over 3,200 wild animals at Malloch Road facilities. She says the organization plans to care for even more animals in 2022.
“We’re getting busier every year and we just need more spaces for our patients who come here,” Smith said. “Our flight enclosure, outdoor deer and bird enclosures all need to be improved.”
Smith says staff had wood stored at the facility, but due to requests for new spaces it has now been depleted, leaving their stores empty.
“If we could get two dozen of each size [of lumber] that would hold us back for a while,” Smith said. “It’s extremely important because we have big projects going on at Wild ARC because we have patients who will be here any day now.”
Smith says the wildlife rehabilitation center has operated under significant pressure due to a series of viruses affecting wild animals, such as deer and birds.
“We mostly had to rearrange our deer area for the deer fawns when they come in,” Smith said. “Getting the wood so we can get through what we have to go through is extremely important.”
Donations of wood can be dropped off at wild bow at 1020 Malloch Road, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., seven days a week.