‘Wild and woolly’ open house planned for Critter Care, July 11 and 12

South Langley facility, which rescues orphaned and injured B.C. wildlife, opens its doors to the public for two days each year

Rosie the porcupine is among the orphaned and injured wild animals being cared for at Critter Care rehabilitation centre in South Langley. On July 11 and 12

From a baby porcupine to marmots and mink, this year’s open houses at Critter Care wildlife rehabilitation centre is going to be wild and woolly.

“This has been an absolutely crazy year, very busy with so many animals,” said Critter Care founder Gail Martin.

“This heat has been hard on all the animals and the volunteers and staff, too.”

Critter Care released nine bears back to the wild on June 24. They still have six in their care, including the two cubs that arrived small and emaciated last May.

Critter Care specialize in the treatment, care and release of sick, injured and orphaned B.C. mammals, including skunks, raccoons, coyote, deer, otters, bobcats, lynx, bears, opossums and squirrels.

Once a year, they open the facility to the public to let them see how it all works and for people to have the chance to meet some of the babies and see all their antics.

This year, the two-day open house takes place on Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Along with plenty of entertainment, food and tours to see the animals, animal rescuer Norm Snihur will be there along with his two-seater helicopter.

“Norm picks up wildlife for us all over the province and brings them to us,” said Martin.

“He brought us a couple fawns from Gibsons last week. He does it for all the animal rescue centres and has for years.

“He is one of the many amazing volunteers we are lucky to have.”

Snihur has flown as far as Kamloops and as close as Victoria to safely transport injured or orphaned wildlife.

Highlights of this year’s open house will again include RCMP, a fire truck and firefighters from Hall 5, a stilt walker, face painting, dunk tank, bouncy castle, animal mascots and the West Coast Thunder horse drill team will wow the crowds. Food is offered all day.

Admission is $2 per adult, kids are free.

Critter Care is in great need of toilet paper, tissues, garbage bags, cleaning products, towels, receiving blankets and even kiddy pools to cool the animals. There is plenty of parking. Tours should be booked upon entry. Critter Care is at 481 216 St. in Campbell Valley Park.