When it comes to giving, some people stop at “nothing.”

So we say, “Do your giving while you’re living, then you’ll be knowing where it’s going!”

-Rick Warren

Volunteer Your Time

Volunteer at the Centre

At North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre we couldn’t operate without our amazing volunteers. We’d love to welcome you to the team!

Contact us if your passions include:

  • Event Planning
  • Gift Shop (one 4-hour shift/ week)
  • Grants & Fundraising
  • Office Support
  • School Presentations
  • Tour Guide
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Yard Work
Download the Volunteer Application Form (PDF)
Read Volunteer Testimonials

Join the Green Teen Program (Youth)

Q. Are you between the ages of 12 and 18?

Q. Are you passionate about inspiring others to learn about animals and their natural environment?

Q. Can you offer a minimum commitment of 2 hours per week during July and August?

Why not consider a rewarding volunteer opportunity to learn, and in turn, educate our Centre’s visitors about the fascinating world of wildlife!

Orientation and training sessions will be scheduled to provide you with the necessary knowledge to fulfill your volunteer role.

View Detailed Program Information
Download the Green Teen Application Form (PDF)

Full-time Student Internship Volunteer Positions

> Open to both international volunteers as well as local residents
> A full-time commitment required (5 days a week for a period of 4 months)
> Positions run from late April/early May to the end of August
> Accommodation (rustic camper) can be provided to out-of-town applicants
> Preference given to those with their own transportation
> International volunteers require a Working Holiday Permit before being accepted

View ‘Animal Care’ Intern Descriptions
View ‘Wildlife Garden’ Intern Descriptions

Send completed application forms to the Centre:

Mail | North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Box 364, 1240 Leffler Road, Errington, BC  V0R 1V0  
Fax |
250-248-1274   Email | wildlife@niwra.org

For more information, contact Jodi, our Volunteer Coordinator: 250-248-8534

Adopt an Animal

Your symbolic adoption through the purchase of Care Shares for a bird or mammal that must remain with NIWRA supports that animal by providing:

  • food
  • annual check-ups
  • medical care
  • even “toys” to enrich and stimulate natural behaviours

We receive no government funding for this care. Your support is critical to these animals.

Give a gift that keeps on giving. It’s simple!

  • At Christmas
  • For a birthday
  • Any special occasion
Adopt Now

Purchase Bear Shares

New bear cubs have arrived at the centre. 
Please contact us if you would like to contribute to our Bear Program.

On average, it costs $40 per day to meet the needs of each bear that arrives at the centre. Because we receive no government funding, we rely entirely on your donations.

Bears usually spend several months with us until they can be released. And we’ve had as many as 22 in one season!

Here is where your help comes in!

Purchase “Bear Shares” and support the tremendous amount of work involved in meeting the daily needs of our bears until they can be released back into the wild.

Learn More

Donate by Mail

Please download, print and complete our donation form. Then mail it, along with your payment, to:

North Island Wildlife
Recovery Centre
Box 364, Errington, BC
V0R 1V0

Tax receipts will be provided for donations of $10 or more.

Download Donation Form (PDF)

Donate Online

Online donations to our wildlife recovery centre (NIWRA) can be made via the CanadaHelps.org website.

Use your credit card to make:

  • one-time donations
  • monthly donations
  • dedications
  • anonymous donations

Receive an electronic tax receipt immediately following your donation.

Donate to Us at CanadaHelps.org

‘Wish List’ Donations

We gratefully accept non-cash donations so please take a look at our wish list.

TAX RECEIPT INFO:
We are bound by the regulations of the Income Tax Act and the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency and so tax receipts are issued at our discretion.

Please contact NIWRA administration prior to donating if you would like a tax receipt.

View the ‘Wish List’

Leave a ‘Wildlife Legacy’

A charitable bequest is a form of planned giving: a deferred, or future gift, described in a donor’s will.  As a donor, you can designate our organization (North Island Wildlife Recovery Association) to receive a fixed amount, a percentage or a residual interest in your estate. Such gifts allow us to initiate projects otherwise beyond our reach while providing you with immediate and long-term tax advantages of benefit to yourself and your family. Planned giving bears witness to deep commitment and creates a lasting legacy for generations of wildlife.

We strongly encourage donors to consult their own trusted legal and financial advisors when considering which options are most beneficial.

A donor can name an organization as either the owner or the beneficiary of a life insurance policy.

These are gifts which can be made during a donor’s lifetime, which generate immediate income and tax relief for the donor, and designate an organization as the capital beneficiary.

When a loved one dies, family and friends can continue the work of a life well lived by donating to an organization in memory of the deceased.

Our major projects have involved substantial capital costs at the outset. Seed money for unique and ambitious undertakings such as the Eagle Flight Cage, the Museum of Nature, and the Vancouver Island Bear Rehabilitation Program has come from charitable bequests from donors wishing to continue their support in perpetuity. Because of the caring of these individuals, NIWRA has developed and grown into a world class wildlife rehabilitation centre. Please consider naming the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in your will.

View Our Video about ‘Wildlife Legacies’
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