Okanagan wildlife facility puts $15,000 grant to good use – Kelowna Capital News



The Interior Wildlife Rehabilitation Society is based in Summerland.  (Photo/IWRS)

The Interior Wildlife Rehabilitation Society is based in Summerland. (Photo/IWRS)

Okanagan wildlife facility puts $15,000 grant to good use

The Interior Wildlife Rehabilitation Society will use the funds to build a heated nursery





The Interior Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (IWRS) has received a $15,000 gift from the Central Okanagan Foundation.

The Summerland-based wildlife center will use the funds to build a heated nursery. A 20-foot shipping container will be transformed into a heated and insulated unit with the help of professional volunteers.

IWRS has completed its first season under its permits to rehabilitate and release native wildlife in the Okanagan. The care facility is financed privately.

“Providing a service that is not financially supported by the government but is expected by the public can be a challenging task to undertake,” said Eva Hartman, co-founder and president.

“But we take it because there is no other option.”

The wildlife association’s work is carried out by volunteers, from veterinary assessment and animal care to building the facility’s indoor and outdoor structures, as well as educating the public on how to coexist with wildlife.

More information about IWRS can be found on their website.


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