Critter Care Wildlife Society is running a Christmas Fur All campaign for the 2020 holiday season in support of the animals at the facility. (Critter Care Wildlife/Facebook)

Critter Care Wildlife Society is running a Christmas Fur All campaign for the 2020 holiday season in support of the animals at the facility. (Critter Care Wildlife/Facebook)

Christmas at Langley Critter Care a first for many baby animals

Facility is running Christmas Fur All campaign

It’s been a bustling year of welcoming babies to the Critter Care Wildlife Society in Langley, where the animals will now celebrate their first holiday season.

“It’s been a hard year for a lot of people… I never thought I would see this in my lifetime,” said founder Gail Martin, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result of the novel coronavirus the facility was unable to host its annual open house and spring gala fundraising events.

“That’s probably at least $100,000 we lost with those two events,” Martin estimated.

Now, the facility is including the animals in the gift giving with its Christmas Fur All campaign.

“Our animals are only in care for as long as they need to, nothing stays over a year,” the campaign reads. “Let us make this holiday something they will never forget; they will only get one!”

The public can donate to the campaign from a list of supplies including a new bedding for a bear, pumpkin pie for a raccoon or a rubber ducky for an otter, among many other items.

Fundraising wasn’t the only challenge Critter Care faced this year.

The facility also relies on its internship program to organize additional support during the busy season that runs mid-March to September each year, but that was interrupted as well.

“Because a lot of our interns are international they couldn’t come in,” Martin explained. “All around it was a difficult year, but the staff I have, they’re amazing.”

And that staff will be at the Langley-based facility during the holidays providing around-the-clock care for the approximately 75 animals on-site.

“There is staff that live on-site, so there are always people there 24/7,” Martin said.

READ MORE: Conservation officers and Langley’s Critter Care work together to rescue orphaned bear cub

The facility is coming off a busy season where they saw “a lot of late babies this year,” but things are starting to slow down as the bears enter hibernation, Martin elaborated.

Aside from bears Critter Care is also home to raccoons and river otters.

“Raccoons don’t hibernate, but when it’s cold, they do slow down,” Martin explained. “The river otters love the cold, they love the ice.”

Although the work is beginning to level off for staff, Martin said things can unexpectedly get busy as the facility expects to see emaciated animals starving, or injured.

“[We] get more injured animals in the winter than the spring,” she said, noting how food sources can be scarce.

Although Critter Care was unable to raise money through its traditional fundraising events, Martin thanked the public for their generous donations.

“All in all we’ve been able to get through,” she said.

To learn more or to donate visit www.crittercarewildlife.org.


@JotiGrewal_
joti.grewal@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Animal SheltersLangleyWildlife

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

Just Posted

Langley Township Civic Facility. (Langley Advance Times files)
Housing, RCMP, Fort roads all discussed at Langley Township budget meeting

A Monday meeting touched on priorities for this year and beyond

Table for sale took a bit more work than first thought. (Mariana Aramburu/Special to The Star)
Ryan’s Regards: Clearing the clutter

Most New Year’s resolutions are abandoned by this point in the year

Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or in writing.
LETTER: Cloverdale man said public pressure only convinces church goers they are right

Engageing churches in discussions on how to reduce transmission would be more effective than bans

When the pandemic forced the shut down of playgrounds in Langley this past Spring it sparked creativity for these Langley grandparents Herb and Cherri Kwan, who found themselves picking up a paint brush to help keep the local kids occupied. (Bernadette Amiscaray/Special to Langley Advance Times)
PHOTOS: Pandemic park closures spark artistic rock creations for retired Langley grandparents

Herb and Cherri Kwan started hiding painted rocks in Routley Park when playground closed

Shortreed Community Elementary. (Langley School District/Special to the Aldergrove Star)
Parent Advisory Council raises concerns over Langley school district power outage response

Fifteen teachers at Shortreed Community School in Aldergrove staged a sit-in strike last Wednesday

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepares a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic, April 21, 2020. (B.C. Government)
B.C. adjusts COVID-19 vaccine rollout for delivery slowdown

Daily cases decline over weekend, 31 more deaths

A female prisoner sent Langford police officers a thank-you card after she spent days in their custody. (Twitter/West Shore RCMP)
Woman gives Victoria-area jail 4.5-star review in handwritten card to police after arrest

‘We don’t often get thank you cards from people who stay with us, but this was sure nice to see’: RCMP

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

An elk got his antlers caught up in a zip line in Youbou over the weekend. (Conservation Officer Service Photo)
Elk rescued from zip line in Youbou on Vancouver Island

Officials urge people to manage items on their property that can hurt animals

A Trail man has a lucky tin for a keepsake after it saved him from a stabbing last week. File photo
Small tin in Kootenay man’s jacket pocket saved him from stabbing: RCMP

The man was uninjured thanks to a tin in his jacket

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Chantel Moore, 26, was fatally shot by a police officer during a wellness check in the early morning of June 4, 2020, in Edmundston, N.B. (Facebook)
Frustrated family denied access to B.C. Indigenous woman’s police shooting report

Independent investigation into B.C. woman’s fatal shooting in New Brunswick filed to Crown

Delta Police Constable Jason Martens and Dezi, a nine-year-old German Shepherd that recently retired after 10 years with Delta Police. (Photo submitted)
Dezi, a Delta police dog, retires on a high note after decade of service

Nine-year-old German Shepherd now fights over toys instead of chasing down bad guys

Nurses collect samples from a patient in a COVID suspect room in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul’s hospital in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
5 British Columbians under 20 years old battled COVID-19 in ICU in recent weeks

Overall hospitalizations have fallen but young people battling the virus in hospital has increased

Most Read