Have you ever wanted to help rescue and rehabilitate orphaned and injured wild animals? Every year this volunteer project treats over 2,000 wild birds and mammals from throughout the Vancouver Island region, over 85% of which have been directly or indirectly impacted by humans. their mission is to provide humane care to injured, orphaned, sick, and distressed wildlife based on established rehabilitation standards and the animal's natural history. Each animal is treated individually and assessed for eventual release back into the wild. In an attempt to reduce our community’s impact on wildlife, they also aim to educate the public about wildlife, animal welfare, and co-existing with nature. Working with wildlife at the centre is rewarding but physically demanding, and it is by no means an ’easy holiday option’! Animal care volunteers are needed most during the busiest summer months of April through September, however volunteering through the winter is possible.
This is why:
This is a fast paced, intense, and physically demanding environment. Four hour shifts pass quickly due to regular feedings that must be kept on schedule and endless cleaning duties. Volunteers help with bottle feeding young mammals and hand feeding young birds, preparing diets for self feeding animals, cleaning and enriching animal cages, and general cleaning around the facility such as dishes, laundry, and washpad. Volunteers that are handy with tools may also help fix or build cages and other structures. Volunteers work both individually and as a team to complete the required tasks. Animals that volunteers work with regularly include: squirrels, raccoons, songbirds, and waterfowl. For safety reasons there are some animals at the centre that are restricted to staff, including: deer, mink, otter, cottontail bunnies, and raptors.
Consider that working outside every day in every kind of weather can be extremely hard and it can make for a long day.