August 27, 2021 – 7:00 PM
A generous family in Summerland shares part of their farm to help save animals. They authorize the Interior Wildlife Rehabilitation Society to build its rehabilitation center on their property.
“We plan to occupy this unused plot to build temporary structures and enclosures for various species of wildlife in need of care,” said Jonathan Laumer, co-founder of the Interior Wildlife Rehabilitation Society, in a statement from hurry. âIt consists of a small stream with a greenbelt, is partly wooded with willows, poplars and pines, and has a small old barn, providing excellent natural habitat and giving it a country charm.â
Aside from the South Okanagan Rehabilitation Center for Owls in Oliver, which only rescues injured raptors, the closest licensed wildlife rehabilitation center to the Okanagan is BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops.
“We are here to educate the public on coexistence with wildlife, and if an animal is in need of care, it will have modern facilities and experienced caretakers to assess, treat and rehabilitate it until its release – no long-distance transport required, “veterinarian Eva Hartmann said in the statement.
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Wildlife rehabilitation centers in British Columbia have to rely on private donations rather than provincial funding.
“However, a government license is required and can only be granted once a facility is ready to be built and inspected by the government to meet modern British Columbia wildlife care standards.” , says the press release.
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Society is run entirely by volunteers. A fundraiser took place – online due to COVID restrictions – where 72 awards were presented by local businesses and individuals who are also keen to see a change in the Okanagan when it comes to our native wildlife.
Society members are still looking for donations to build the new facility, and specific materials are listed on the in-kind wishlist on the company’s website here.
âThere is also a virtual list of necessary items that can be ordered through Amazon.ca in support of our growing hub,â Hartmann said.
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