So, there I am, standing up in a little, beaten-tin boat slowly filling with water, with my dog carrier, long welding gloves and phone on the seat behind me, when a tourist on the dock nearby offers their guidance, “Don’t fall in!” “Thanks”, I sarcastically mutter. Summer’s almost over, right? Fortunately, it was a short paddle to my rocky destination under a pub to rescue a baby raccoon, and I didn’t fall in. However, the guy videoing this odd scene may have preferred that Instagramable outcome. When the already-dented boat clanged against the rocks, the crying baby raccoon, the size of a kitten, started desperately running over the rocks toward me. Her mom had been viciously killed by an off-leash...
Coastal Animal Rescue and Education (CARE) Network is one step closer to opening a regional animal shelter thanks to a $30,000 donation from Tofino-based adventure tour operator Ocean Outfitters. Since CARE launched their fundraising campaign in April 2019, the non-profit has raised about $65,000 for a new animal care facility and shelter located near the Tofino-Long Beach Airport. James Rodgers, CARE Network executive director, said the generous boost from Ocean Outfitters is earmarked for shelter fencing, which includes kennel runs and an electrified perimeter fence to keep wildlife passing through the area at a safe distance. Read More Here
Tofino’s no-stone-left-unturned approach to finding a tourist’s lost pet reached an improbably happy conclusion Thursday morning when, after over a month of thorough and collaborative searching, Jitterbug was found. The Shizu-Poodle cross went missing on Oct 15 but is now making his way to the Okanagan to be reunited with his ecstatic guardians. “This is a visitor to our fine coast and community and we take the safety and well being of all our locals and guests seriously, four legged or two legged,” Coastal Animal Rescue and Education Network co-founder James Rodgers told the Westerly News Thursday afternoon. Read More Here
A juvenile bald eagle is soaring above the West Coast again after spending several months recovering at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington. The centre’s Animal Care Supervisor Tawny Molland arrived with the young bird on Sept. 30 and released it off an Hitacu beach, alongside volunteers from the Coastal Animal Rescue and Education Network. “It’s a great success story,” Molland told the Westerly News after the release. “When they come in, they’re injured, they’re down and then to be able to rehab them and be able to release them into the wild, it’s full circle. It’s something that’s truly amazing.” Read More & Watch the Video Here