In only five days, Critter Care raised $5,000 needed to replace its rescue truck.
A GoFundMe account was set up late last week on behalf of the Langley wildlife rehabilitation centre after its vehicle was involved in an accident, explained advocate and animal care supervisor Dawn Joghnston.
“Thankfully nobody involved was injured, but we have been left without a truck,” she said, explaining that insurance covers part of the cost of replacing it, but not all.
Without the truck, Critter Care couldn’t go on rescues, releases, or complete daily errands, she elaborated, turning to GoFundMe for assistance.
It didn’t take long for her pleas to be heard.
As of Tuesday night, the goal of $5,000 had been surpassed, with $5,295 received from 99 donors.
“The support this campaign has received has been truly amazing and humbling,” Joghnston said.
“I set up the campaign in the hope of raising a few hundred dollars, I could never have guessed how quickly the goal would be surpassed,” she added. “Thank you to everybody who donated. You are playing a direct role in helping the orphaned and injured mammals of British Columbia.”
Although the goal has been reached and passed, Joghnston said she’d keep the fund open for “a little bit longer,” indicating all additional funds raised will be used to cover the cost of upcoming releases.
“I have the privilege of being a animal care supervisor at Critter Care Wildlife Society,” she explained of her role with the non-profit organization and the fundraising drive.
“I moved my life halfway across the globe (from Scotland to Canada) because I believe in everything Critter Care has achieved and the difference it has and continues to make,” she said, explaining how the group is “dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating injured or orphaned mammals… that includes everything from squirrels and raccoons to river otters and black bear cubs – many of which are in need of help as a direct result of human conflict.”
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