A squirrel gets treatment at Wild ARC. (Courtesy of Wild ARC)

A squirrel gets treatment at Wild ARC. (Courtesy of Wild ARC)

Wild ARC seeking donations for creature comforts

Got new sheets? Animal shelters will take your old ones

It didn’t take long for Wild ARC to run out tree space.

After a public Facebook post Dec. 28 asking for live tree donations, they’ve already hit capacity.

“The pile’s been growing by the minute,” said Wild ARC’s Wallis Moore Reid. “There’s lots of people coming in, we’re very thankful for that. If we let it go on we could get fifty trees.”

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When the animals are put outside their enclosures, Wild Arc uses the greenery to create visual barriers. Inside the enclosures, branches are used to make the animals feel more comfortable.

The trees usually last about a month before they loose too many needles. Moore Reid said Wild ARC will be updating their Facebook soon, asking people to stop bringing trees.

However, they would still like your business cards and linens. The business cards are used to make tags, while the linen is used to handle the animals.

“We use the linen to handle the animals because they are wild, they are stressed in our presence,” Moore Reid said. “So we like to create a visual barrier every time we’re handling them. So we make sure that their heads are fully covered, and that there’s a barrier in between us and the animal.”

The Victoria SPCA branch on Napier Lane is also seeking used linens to give to their resident animals. Dealing with domesticated animals, the branch will also take used plush toys in good condition.



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