Give the Gift of Saving Wildlife
365 days a year, Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation is open to admit and care for injured and orphaned wildlife. 95% of the animals we admit are as a result of human activities, such as: window strikes, vehicle collision, hitting power lines, barbed wire, fishing line entanglement or ingestion, domestic cat and dog attacks, and exposure to toxins.
So far in 2017, over 1,400 injured and orphaned wild animals have been admitted into our care. It ranges from $100.00 to well over $1,000.00 to rehabilitate an individual animal, depending on their age, species, and injury.
This year, we have achieved a 52% success rate for the patients in our care! The national average success rate in wildlife rehabilitation is 33%. The best defense mechanism of wild animals is not showing when they are injured, and sadly when they do come into care they are often in critical condition. We constantly strive to provide the best level of care to our patients, and it is shown through our amazing success rate this year.
In addition to our Wildlife Rehabilitation Program, we also offer services to the public through our wildlife hotline (403-946-2361). This phone line is open every day of the year to receive calls from members of the public with questions or concerns regarding wildlife. Each year we take over 5,000 wildlife related calls. In our peak seasons from May to August, this breaks down to over 100 calls a day!
Through outreach programming, we’re working to create strong co-existence between Albertans and wildlife. So far in 2017, our Wildlife Education Program has provided wildlife education to over 4,100 individuals. We are advocates for encouraging environmental stewardship in all generations.
Each year the demand for our services increases. We need your support to continue caring for Alberta’s wildlife in need. As the demand for our services grows, so does the cost of operations. As a non-profit organization, we operate on a small and conservative budget, and rely solely on successful grant applications and donations to operate.
Examples of costs:
·1 bottle of antibiotics: $17.00
· Food for 1 owl, for 1 day: $8.00
· 30,000 mealworms (this will last for 7-8 days in our peak spring and summer seasons): $565.00
· Specialized feeding nipples for orphaned mammals: $200.00
· Utilities for our buildings for 1 month: $463.00
· Milk replacer for injured and orphaned baby mammals: $1,800.00
On average, it costs $40,000.00 to keep our facility operational every month. This year, due to the increased demand for our services, we are experiencing a shortfall of $55,000.00. Please give today to ensure Alberta’s injured and orphaned wildlife receive the second chance they so richly deserve. Your support will save a life.
All donations made to AIWC during the month of December, no matter the source (check, cash etc.) will be added to our fundraising goal of reaching $55,000 in donations by December 31st, 2017.
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.
If you would prefer to donate via cheque, donations are gratefully accepted at our mailing address:
Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation
PO Box 68
* All donations over $15.00 will receive a tax receipt via mail/e-mail 3-4 weeks after the donation has been made.
Eternal Hope by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license ( https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Thank you for donating to help care for Alberta’s wildlife in need. We truly appreciate your support.
Your support is vital to ensuring animals receive a second chance, animals like this Northern pygmy-owl who was admitted into our care yesterday. He is suffering from head trauma, and in the photo, you can see the bruising on his beak. We suspect he was possibly hit by a car, but is now receiving supportive care at our hospital and we are hopeful he can make a full recovery.
Thank you for your support to help injured and orphaned wildlife, it is so appreciated!