The 29th bear brought to Critter Care in 2019. Critter Care has now released eight of its cubs into the wild, but is still caring for 21. (Facebook photo)

Cash hard to come by to raise Critter Care’s costly bear cubs

Hit by COVID-19, Critter Care is hoping to raise donations from the public

Langley’s Critter Care Wildlife Society is hoping that Giving Tuesday will inspire people to contribute towards the “bear necessities” for the 29 bear cubs the society has taken on over the past year.

Critter Care, located in Langley’s Campbell Valley Regional Park, is a rescue and rehabilitation facility for injured and abandoned wild animals.

They take in everything from tiny flying squirrels up to black bears, mostly cubs left orphaned near human habitation.

This year, Critter Care had 29 cubs to care for, of which eight were released a few weeks ago.

That leaves Critter Care with 21 cubs still requiring feeding and medical care, including a special milk formula, and for some, round-the-clock care.

It costs about $85 per cub, per day, according to Critter Care.

The cancellation of the Critter Care annual gala fundraiser means a $90,000 reduction in funding this year, and closed borders and cancelled flights meant that the society had to scramble to find new interns as international students couldn’t come this spring.

READ MORE: New rescue surprises Critter Care with birth of three otter pups

In addition, the society recently finished building it’s fourth bear enclosure, a four-month project that cost more than $100,000.

With the Giving Tuesday campaign, Critter Care is asking for donations from the public to support their work, which involves taking in almost 2,000 wild animals a year.

Animals range from bears and deer to raccoons, skunks, opossums, squirrels, deer, and even the odd lynx.

Members of the public can donate online at

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Langley Lodge reports one new COVID-19 death, bringing total to 24

Death toll surpassed 22 on Wednesday, making that specific outbreak the deadliest in B.C.

IHIT names homicide victim found in the Fraser Canyon this week

Police asking for tips into the suspicious death of 29-year-old Alicia Berg

Langley Animal Protection Society raises more than $13,000 through annual fundraiser

Furry Tails race was held online due to COVID-19, becoming their most successful year to date

VIDEO: Seventy-two Langley Fine Arts students record collaboration on their cellphones

Musicians performed Lake from Patrick Hawes’ work The Blue Bird Variations

VIDEO: Langley Fundamental jazz band performs for local seniors every Thursday

Music group joined by graduates looking to celebrate and spread cheer in the community

Trudeau offers $14B to provinces for anti-COVID-19 efforts through rest of year

Making a difference in municipalities is a pricey proposition

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

Thanks for helping the Aldergrove Star to continue its mission to provide trusted local news

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

Indigenous families say their loved ones’ deaths in custody are part of pattern

Nora Martin joins other Indigenous families in calling for a significant shift in policing

‘Alarmed’: Health critic calls for more data on COVID-19 in trucking industry

Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec said that level of detail is not being collected

UPDATED: Pair accused of ‘horrific’ assault at Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park arrested

Police say Jason Tapp, 30, and Nicole Edwards, 33, did not show up to meet their bail supervisor this week

Kelowna Mountie who punched suspect identified, condemned by sister

‘How did he get away with this? How is this justifiable?’

PHOTOS: Anti-racism protesters gather in communities across B.C.

More protests are expected through the weekend

Most Read