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The perfect “wild” gift for someone who has everything

The BC SPCA is urging you to go “wild” with your gift-giving this holiday season. For that person on your list who loves wildlife and the environment, how about honouring them by sponsoring a special wild animal in need in their name?

This year the BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) treated 10 per cent more animals than ever before, from tiny baby hummingbirds to eagles, owls, otters and deer fawns.

One of Wild ARC’s biggest costs caring for such diverse species is the wide variety of food they eat. Although some foods are donated by businesses and individuals, many items are highly specialized and must be purchased from unique suppliers in Eastern Canada and the U.S. More animals means more food, and this extra food is a strain on limited financial resources as Wild ARC relies almost exclusively on public donations.

Help wildlife and scratch off those hard to buy for people from your list this year by giving a little wild gift. A selection of special wild animals can be sponsored via our website at www.wildarc.com. Donation levels range from $25 to $100 and are tax deductible. Your gift recipient will receive a beautiful wildlife e-card or printable card featuring stunning photographs from our annual wildlife photography contest. Sponsorship certificates can also be purchased. You can obtain them directly from Wild ARC at 1020 Malloch Road in Metchosin, or by calling 250-478-9453.

Wild ARC, located in Metchosin, B.C., is the wildlife rehabilitation branch of the BC SPCA and the only wildlife rehabilitation centre for southern Vancouver Island. Since it opened in 1997, Wild ARC has taken in more than 22,000 injured and orphaned wild animals. This continuation of care is only possible thanks to the help of more than 100 volunteers and the generous support of the local community. As it is a registered not‐for‐profit organization that receives no direct government funding, Wild ARC relies solely on the support of the local community and fundraising initiatives in order to fund its good works.

The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization funded primarily by public donations. Our mission is to prevent cruelty and to promote the welfare of animals through a wide range of services, including cruelty investigations, emergency rescue and treatment, sheltering and adoption of homeless and abused animals, humane education, advocacy, farm animal welfare, spay/neuter programs, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.

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