With animals more then ever before requiring our help, the shelter is in constant need of feed, housing and medical care for it’s occupants.
No government funding is available to assist with ensuing costs. Grants received by companies and organizations are usually project specific and can not be used to cover ongoing expenses such as listed below.
Therefore the shelter relies solely on private and corporate sponsorships. All board members are working as volunteers. Moneys and goods raised for the shelter are being used exclusively for the care and well-being of the animals. There are a number of aspects that need to be addressed when caring for wildlife:
Adequate feed and housing for the various species:
A wide variety of feed is required, such as meat, fish, fresh vegetables and fruit, grain and milk-replacers. Obviously a bear requires different housing than a moose. It is the shelters aim to provide housing as close to a natural environment as possible in order to provide the best preparation for a return to the wild
Veterinary care is often required to deal with starvation, broken bones or open wounds
Intensive care for very young or severely ill animals:
Young and sick wildlife requires extensive care. Facilities have to be sanitary and provide adequate heat and resting area for the animals
Transportation and capture of animals in need:
With dwindling governments funds and resources, the shelter has now also taken on most of the capture of wildlife in need. For that life-traps of various sizes are needed, as well as volunteers to transport animals.
Relocation of rehabilitated animals to their original region:
In accordance with the permits issued to the shelter, animals are to be released in the region of origin. That means that a bear from Penticton or the sunshine coast has to be transported back to those regions and within the region has to be brought to suitable release areas. While transporting a bear to the shelter when very young is relatively easy, transporting a large bear back to those regions is much more complicated. Proper transportation boxes are required, volunteers have to donate time to physically move these animals and funds for gas, food and lodging have to be secured. Especially with bears, often in the region, helicopters are required to transport animals into remote areas. There for the release costs are often higher that the costs accrued raising the bear for a year.
Educating the public:
We strongly believe that all our work has little impact if we don’t share our knowledge and can evoke the compassion in our fellow men. It is therefore a high priority to educate interested individuals or groups. There is a high demand for presentations through groups ( such as Rotary or Lions Club) and from schools (for in class presentations) To provide such lectures volunteers are needed to offer the courses, funding is required to provide a slide presentation, posters and other education oriented means.
In order to care for the animals a certain amount of equipment is essential. We need a Vehicle to pick up the daily food donations in town (a daily roundtrip of 30km) as well as to rescue and release wildlife. As our shelter is situated in the very back of our property (approximately 1km away from our house) we need transportation to bring the food to the animals several times each day. In the summer this is done with an ATV and I the winter with a snowmobile. In order to process donated carcasses (to feed the meat eaters among our guests) we need a frontend loader on the tractor (the tractors use has been generously donated by Mountain View Adventures). Maintenance and replacement of these essential machineries is an ongoing need.
Our permits require us by law to carry 2 Million Dollar liability insurance. Yearly cost for this is currently $2500.