Animal Shelter ‘Bearly’ Getting by – Put Out Call for Donations
Smithers, B.C. – If you’ve got any fruit or vegetables to spare an animal shelter in Smithers could sure use your help.
Demand is fierce at the Northern Lights Wildlife Society because they’ve got 25 bear cubs and three deer fawns to feed.
“They are eating like crazy right now and trying to get ready for hibernation,” says shelter manager Angelika Langen, who notes they’ve never had so many cubs so early in the season. “So we’re looking for apples, pears, cherries, plums, whatever people have or vegetables in the garden, carrots and so on.”
She says the animals go through six buckets per feeding – about 25 pounds of fruit and vegetables – three times a day.
“We just got a load in of 500 pounds of apples and they only lasted three days.”
She says those willing to help in the Prince George area can ship their fruits and veggies free of charge.
“We have some lovely ladies that have offered to make pick ups at people’s places,” says Langen. “Or they can bring it directly to Bandstra and Bandstra will ship it to Smithers for us. But if they don’t have the transportation to bring them there then we have some volunteers that are willing to help.”
Those unable to make it to Bandstra can call Langen on her cell at 1-250-877-1181 for pick up information.
Locally the Northern Bear Awareness Society has helped by providing a link on its Fruit Exchange Facebook page says president Dave Bakker.
“It’s another option for people to take advantage of to address the excess fruit issue that we have in the city.”