How We Do It
CWRS Goals & Objectives
1. To rescue and provide appropriate veterinary based care and treatment to injured and orphaned wildlife with the goal of releasing vigorous individuals capable of successfully returning to their natural habitat.
The Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society rescues injured and orphaned wildlife in Calgary and the surrounding area. Animals are either rescued by our team of volunteers, are brought to us by the public, come through Calgary 311 services, or are filtered through local veterinary clinics. Once onsite, the animals are medically examined by our trained wildlife technicians (RAHT or B. Sc), overseen by our staff veterinarian, and an appropriate course of treatment is implemented. Animals are kept at our facility until they are deemed medically fit by our staff veterinarian to be released back into the wild. An appropriate locale is carefully selected by the staff and all healthy individuals are released back into their natural habitat. Migratory animals are kept until the appropriate time of year. Animals unable to be released due to the severity of injuries sustained are euthanized or kept as education ambassadors.
The Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society works closely with Sustainable Resource Development to ensure that all animals are being taken care of appropriately. We are an accredited organization (Alberta Veterinary Medical Association) and do not charge for our services.
2. To provide relevant public education and outreach to schools and other community groups through presentations, visits, displays and literature.
The Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society provides education programs to the public, including schools, seniors’ residences, libraries, fairs, festivals, The Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald’s House and other appropriate venues. The Education program serves to inform the public about our services, address conservation issues and provide information about native wildlife. Our educators volunteer their time, donating thousands of hours a year to the hundreds of programs that we book. When appropriate, an education ambassador is sent as part of the education program. We currently have 3 education ambassadors: Lito (Swainson’s Hawk), Oberon (Great Horned Owl) and Ophelia (Great Horned Owl). Each of these animals was brought to the center injured and due to the severity of the injury could not be successfully released back into the wild.
3. To maintain connections with other local organizations whose primary interest is wildlife, environmental conservation and related public education
The Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society maintains working relationships with the Cochrane Ecological Society, Medicine River Wildlife Center, the Alberta Wilderness Association and other similar organizations. We actively maintain communication with such organizations and will transport animals to their facilities under the direction of Sustainable Resource Development when it is in the best interest of our wildlife patients.
CWRS has been asked to give talks about wildlife and conservation at the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival and for Nature Calgary. CWRS is invited every year to host a booth at Bow Habitat Station, a local fish hatchery and nature interpretive center. These are just a few examples of other local organizations with which CWRS maintains a positive and collaborative partnership.
4. To provide volunteer opportunities and service to the community by making available a venue for members, service groups, and volunteer minimum-security inmates to contribute to a community service while acquiring new skills.
The Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society has a roster of over 200 active volunteers who contribute to the functioning of our society. These volunteers are members of our society. Volunteers help with animal care (cleaning cages and feeding animals), pickups/rescues (picking up animals at veterinary clinics or rescuing animals that are injured), education (running education programs in schools, seniors residences and other public relations events) and as board members.
Minimum Security inmates volunteer their time, under supervision, to help with site maintenance.
Service groups volunteer their time to help with construction projects.