Three years without any government gambling grants means that a South Langley animal charity is relying more than ever on private donations.
The Critter Care Wildlife Society is opening its doors on July 9 and 10 for its popular annual open house.
This is the only time during the year that members of the public are invited to come into the facility, to get a glimpse of the animals in recovery there.
Critter Care takes in everything from flying squirrels to bobcats, black bears to deer, raccoons to otters.
Many of the animals are injured, often by being hit by cars, and are dropped off from around the Lower Mainland by the people who have found them.
Animals are treated and rehabilitated for eventual re-release into the wild. A few animals are life-long residents at the shelter, as they have been with humans too long, or have injuries too severe to allow them to survive on their own again.
Critter Care president Maureen Binnie said the open house this year will have crafters, a book sale, ice cream and snacks, info booths, and entertainment like the Paws 2 Dance group and Westcoast Thunder Drill Team.
"Donations of bleach and all paper products such as toilet paper, paper towels and Kleenex are highest on our wish list," Binnie said.
The open house will take place Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Critter Care's shelter location at 481 216th St. The shelter is adjacent to Campbell Valley Regional Park.
The open house is one of the group's three biggest annual fundraisers.
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