Give the gift of saving wildlife this Christmas

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Tired of giving materialistic and un-meaningful gifts? Step up your gift giving game this year by giving the Gift of Saving Wildlife, a fundraiser in support of the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation (AIWC).

“Throughout the month of December we’re trying to raise $55,000 for operations. We have a GoFundMe page that people can donate to and donate money. In addition, people can volunteer,” said Holly Duvall, executive director of AIWC.

It typically costs $40,000 per month to keep the facility operational, but this year the demand has increased drastically.

This year alone the conservation centre has treated more than 1,400 injured and orphaned wild animals.

The cost to rehabilitate an animal ranges anywhere from $100 to $1,000 depending on the needs of the individual animal.

“A lot of the injuries that we were unable to help pass due to limitations and not having the resources – we are now able to do so,” she said.

“So I think that plays a big part in our success rate as well.”

The conservation centre’s success rate in patient care in 2017 increased 19 per cent from 2016.

“We’re really proud of our success rate this year,” said Duvall. “We reached a 55 per cent success rate…so we’re really impressed.”

Duvall credits the increase in furthering the investment into animal rehabilitation care within the facility.

For any donations more than $50, AIWC will issue a tax receipt as a little extra incentive.

“And that’s great for this time of the year. It’s not too long until you actually get that tax receipt back,” Duvall said.

The organization is also in need of volunteer help to maintain the facility throughout the year.

“Whether it’s directly at our clinic or helping with odd jobs, a lot of construction, things like that,” she said.

“So there’s a lot of ways that people can help without, you know, certainly donating as well.”

For more information, visit aiwc.ca

To donate, visit gofundme.com and search AIWC.

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