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Critter Care Wildlife Society

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Meghann Cant

The very first presentation I gave to my Animal Science 500 class. We were allowed to speak on any topic of our choosing. I decided on Critter Care. My internship there introduced me to the world of wildlife rehabilitation.
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  • 1. Critter Care Wildlife Society Meghann Cant January 21, 2008

2. Overview

  • What is Critter Care?
  • What does Critter Care do?
  • How is Critter Care run?

3. 1. What is Critter Care?

  • Provides short and long term care to native mammal species
  • Provides public education

4. History

  • 1984
  • Started by Gail and Richard Martin
  • 1993
  • Registered as a nonprofit charitable society
  • 1998
  • Formed a partnership with the GVRD

5.

  • Rescue
  • Rehabilitation
  • Release
  • Education

2. What does Critter Care do? 6. Rescue

  • Examples:
    • Hit by a car
    • Attacked by a cat or dog
    • Orphaned
    • Nest site or den disturbed
    • Kept as a pet

7. Rehabilitation

  • Assessment
  • Treatment
  • Feeding
  • Housing
  • Grouping
  • Enrichment

8. Release

  • Health status
  • Size
  • Weight
  • Age
  • Species-specific behaviours
  • Survival skills
  • Family or social groups

9. Education

  • School and senior groups
  • Presentations
  • Community events
  • Media interviews
  • Phone calls

10. 3. How is Critter Care run?

  • Funding
  • Fundraising
  • Staff
  • Volunteers
  • Interns

11. Funding

  • No government funding
  • Grants
  • Donations

12. Fundraising

  • Open House
  • Golf Tournament
  • Silent Auction

13. Staff

  • 2 to 3 paid staff members
  • Summer versus winter

14. Volunteers

  • Clean cages
  • Make up diets
  • Fundraise
  • Pick up animals
  • Construction
  • Community events

15. Interns

  • International program
  • Hands on experience
  • Supplied with food and housing
  • Provide around the clock care
  • Stay for a minimum of2 months

16. Challenges

  • Urban wildlife conflicts
  • Non-native species
  • Release sites
  • Urban development

17. Future Directions

  • Addressing the urban black bear issue
  • Finding sustainable sources of funding
  • Sharing experience and expertise

18. Any questions? Photos courtesy of Critter Care Wildlife Society