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We Are Open to Accept Wildlife in Need

No day is ever the same in wildlife rehabilitation, without any notice we can receive a wave of new animals in need of care, something that suddenly needs to be repaired, the list goes on!

This last week has definitely put our experience in managing difficult situations to good use. With your support, we are still committed to living out our mission and providing care to animals in need.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have implemented new methods for admitting animals:

  • Please call our Wildlife Hotline at 403-946-2361 if you have questions or concerns regarding an injured or orphaned animal.
  • If an animal needs to come into care, we ask that you drop the animal off at our facility. Please ensure you have called us first. If the animal needs to be dropped off at a partnering veterinary hospital, we will give you instructions for this situation.
  • When arriving at our facility, we ask that you please remain in your car and call our hotline (403-946-2361) to let us know you’ve arrived. A staff member will come outside to take the animal from you. Please ensure the animal is in a container you no longer need.

Our Wildlife Hotline is open every day from 9am to 5pm. If we are unable to answer, please leave a message and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience and kindness during this time. We could not do this without you, and so appreciate your support. We know this is a tough time for everyone, but if you have anything to spare, we would greatly appreciate a donation to keep our operations going. Thank you!

Sincerely,

Holly Lillie
Executive Director

Nature Continues On

Thousands of birds are making their way back to Alberta for breeding season, many more call Alberta home year-round.

As a wildlife hospital, we practice high standards of cleanliness to protect our patients, staff, volunteers, and community. In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and still care for our patients, as of Saturday, March 14th we have decided to temporarily suspend all on-site volunteer shifts.

We will be continuing operations, with a few changes, which include that staff will predominantly work from home, but limited animal care staff will tend to our patients in care daily. In addition, we have put measures in place to continue answering hotline calls and collecting animals from vet clinics.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at 403-946-2361 if you have questions or concerns about injured or orphaned wildlife. We are committed to safely living out our mission, and we need your support to do so.

It is too early to say if we will be able to continue on with the fundraising events we had planned this year, but what we do know is that whether it’s today or next month, wildlife will be in need and we want to be ready to care for them. In addition, we still have 22 animals in our care that will be with us until at least April-June when they can be released and they require daily care.

Thank you for your continued support of AIWC. We truly appreciate all you do for our wild neighbours. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Holly Lillie
Executive Director