Langley wildlife refuge offers TLC to cornucopia of critters

Before the official tours began, Don Griffith was more than happy to give a quick walk-through of the Critter Care Wildlife Society’s facility 481 216th St. late Sunday morning.

Griffith has been a society board member for the past five years and is a self-described "gopher", picking up injured and orphaned animals and transporting them to the facility, for rehabilitation and care.

He retired 14 years ago and found a passion for helping animals and spending time at Critter Care, home to a variety of animals that wouldn’t have survived on their own in the wild.

Critter Care, which is marking its 30th year, held its wildly popular open house this past weekend, and funds raised from the day help to feed and shelter the resident critters at the facility.

Just some of the small mammals currently being tended to and fed at Critter Care are 15 fawns ranging in age from a month-and-a-half to three-and-a-half months old, and three 11-week-old river otters. Baby skunks, a baby beaver, and adolescent black bears are also residents of Critter Care.

The 16th annual open house is one of the society’s biggest (and most popular) fundraisers and thanks to hot, sunny weather, once again drew huge crowds both July 11 and 12.

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