Do you want to volunteer with wildlife in Canada? Looking to do something meaningful while being immersed in Canadian culture? Then come volunteer at the Wildlife rescue center near Vancouver, Canada - one of the world’s most livable cities! Surrounded by mountains, ocean, ski resorts and Canada's wild nature!
If you are interested in rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife but would prefer to stay in the in the urban areas in Vancouver than this is the project for you! In this project, you will volunteer at the largest wildlife rehabilitation facility in terms of intakes in Canada. Wildlife Rescue serves nearly 5000 wildlife patients each year! Wildlife Rescue rehabilitates injured wildlife, raises orphaned wildlife, and treats pollution-damaged wildlife with a goal of releasing back into the wild. In this Project, you will be contributing to the rehabilitation of a wide range of native bird species, including songbirds, water-birds and shorebirds.
- Volunteer and care for birds, mammals and reptiles
- Live in the Greater Vancouver Area
- Get to learn about animal husbandry
- Get to explore Vancouver and the Canadian Outdoors
- Improve your English and live with a Canadian host family
What to Expect
Here is what volunteers should expect when onboarding with us as international animal care volunteers:
Start time in the fall/winter is 9:00 am. The volunteers will come in at that time, sign in their names and start the time clock to begin logging their hours. They will most likely get changed, as the work may include getting dirt/food on their clothes. They will then attend the morning huddle, which is a time where the hospital staff and all of the animal care volunteers get together to plan out the day, go through what patients are in care, go over any special or sensitive patients, and go through any other notes to the volunteers.
They will then begin making the diets for all of the animals in care, this may include preparing extra food for following shifts. After that, they will go out to an enclosure with the diet(s), perform a full clean of the enclosure (this differs for different enclosure types) and put fresh enrichment, linens, and diet in the enclosure. For inside enclosures, the volunteer may be required to handle the animal as well, removing it from the cage.
After the feedings and cleanings have been completed, the volunteer may have lunch at this time or a time later when they wish to go. Extra tasks are performed such as; sorting laundry, washing dishes, cleaning kennels and enrichment supplies, taking out garbage and recycling, assisting staff with various procedures, sweeping and mopping, etc.
Food top-ups will also be done to ensure the animals have enough food and water throughout the day and night. The volunteer will assist with shut down duties but their shifts will end before closing. They will then get changed and sign out.
In the summer we have multiple start times for internationals as our hours are extended. For the month of July, the start times are; 8 am, 12 pm, and 3 pm. For the months of May-June and August-September, the start times are; 8 am and 2 pm. The duties for the spring/summer are the same, however, the volunteer may get trained on how to feed the baby birds, and therefore be put on rounds of feedings during their shift, if they desire to do so.
Housing & Meals
Live with a Canadian family and that includes your own bedroom, laundry facility in the house, wireless internet, cable TV and meals. Of course you can also make use of the living room, kitchen and washroom. It’s a great way to get to know the real Greater Vancouver Area and improve your English.
You will be provided with 3 meals a day on weekends and two (breakfast and dinner) on weekdays, specific catering available on request only.
You will leave a huge impact on the wildlife animals as well the local communities who are relieved of injured, nuisance, and sometimes potentially dangerous animals which are rehabilitated. You will help to keep the wildlife population of Canada healthy. The project depends on the help of volunteers to achieve their goals.
Vancouver is one of the biggest cities in Canada, and consistently ranked one of the best place to live. Vancouver is unique in that every neighborhood has a completely different feel and attractions, which draws a variety of people to the city.