July 8, 2014 5:32 pm

Abbotsford wildlife centre needs your help

29 years ago, Elizabeth Melnick started a small wildlife rehabilitation centre in her Abbotsford neighbourhood.

Since then, the facility has expanded from caring for 100 to 1,000 injured and orphaned birds and small wildlife a year.

Problem is, Elizabeth’s Wildlife Centre survives on donations and volunteer labour. The facility costs $100,000 per year to operate.

While the work load is increasing, funding and volunteer numbers are not. Five volunteers are needed for the facility to operate optimally.

Melnick wonders how much longer she can stay open.

The centre is the only facility of her kind in the Fraser Valley.

Melnick advises people with outdoor cats to keep them inside, especially this time of year.

She says it’s the time of year when babies are being born.

Cats are the number one cause of injury to the animals Melnick cares for.

To help Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center, go to www.elizabethswildlifecenter.org

Watch tonight’s News Hour for more on this story.

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