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Critter Care Wildlife Society

Rebuild Two Raccoon Enclosures and a Skunk House

We have eight raccoon coon-dominiums as we call them we got funding to rebuild 6 this year (2010) and we still have two to go. These enclosures are very old and with the continual hosing of water and cleaning each day they have rotted out, to the point that some of the raccoons got out and we had to re-catch them. We have now come up with a new design where the wall are put up on 8 inches of solid concrete so that when they hose the walls won't get wet and rot. We would also like to build a what we call a skunk house - we get a lot of skunks in each year when they are babies they are in the nursery in the triage centre, but there is a point where they are to small to go into the big skunk enclosures but could be outside. We need an in between place for these little guys. The other reason is that in the triage centre downstairs we have a large room that houses four interns, I do not want them breathing in the skunk fumes it is a health hazard.

Hearts on Noses, A Mini Pig Sanctuary

Hearts on Noses: A Moving Experience Phase Two

This is Phase Two of a move to our new location. In this phase, we need to build three structures and address drainage, path, and lighting issues. The primary structure will be a combination secure storage and shelter system, with a dry and rodent-resistant feed storage building and an attached covered area where volunteers, tours, and community service workers can receive instruction. This structure will also contain a food preparation area and cold storage for produce. Two additional structures will provide storage for hay and shavings, and a small quarantine area. Improvements to paths, pens and paddocks by using gravel, mulch and drainage ditches, will ensure all areas provide firm dry footing year round. Outdoor lighting will be installed for the safety and security of both humans and animals. This phase of the project will entail hiring a project supervisor whose responsibility it will be to find subcontractors/laborers, obtain permits, obtain materials, oversee, and ensure each part of the project is completed with the safety of the animals respected.

Kootenay Animal Assistance Program Society (KAAP)

KAAP's Focus on Kootenay Ferals

Our project is to physically assist and educate local people who have a 'feral cat' (unsocialized, not able to be touched by people, unfixed) problem. People are noticing feral cats who have been abandoned in their area/property/barns, but have not been addressing the problem immediately. They wait until they start seeing kittens, and then wait some more until they start seeing kittens of kittens, and then start asking for help. The local animal shelters will not assist in trapping these cats and may not assist in planning for them. KAAP volunteers will provide equipment, instructions, physical set up, spay/neuter surgery for healthy cats, aftercare, and relocation to suitable habitats. We also provide education and referral services in the community, via our web site, central communications phone number (250-551-1053), and personal contact/site visits.