Did you know that few areas in the world have more diverse wildlife than Alberta? Our province is home to 587 wildlife species, including 411 bird species, 93 mammal species, 65 fish species, and 10 species of amphibians.
Since our founding in 1993, we have admitted over 250 different wildlife species and spring and summer are our peak seasons for animal intakes. On any given day during this time we can have 200-300 animals in care and admitting up to 30 new patients each day.
The majority of animals in our care in spring and summer are babies that have been orphaned or injured. Some are also “kidnapped”, which means they have been taken by well intentioned members of the public but did not need rescuing. This is common for animals such as: hares, squirrels, fawns, goslings, ducklings, and nestling and fledgling birds. We make every effort to reunite these babies with their parents but unfortunately it is not always possible.
In 2015, AIWC provided care for over 1000 baby wildlife animals! Starting May 1st, 2016 we are asking for your help to raise $12,000 to support our costs during our peak seasons of spring and summer.
Every little bit helps! It can range from $100 to over $1000 to rehabilitate an individual animals and all funds go towards ensuring AIWC can continue to serve the needs of Alberta’s diverse wildlife.
- Monetary donations can be made on our CanadaHelps fundraising page.
- Donations of items on our wish list are most welcome too, these are items we use everyday.
To wrap up our 2nd annual baby shower event, we will be hosting an on-site talk on Sunday, May 29th, from 1pm until 4pm at our facility. More information can be found on our upcoming events page.
It all comes down to this:
“We don’t own the earth. We are the earth’s caretakers. We take care of it and all the things on it. And when we’re done with it, it should be left better than we found it.” ― Katherine Hannigan, author.