A Salt Spring Island woman has managed to raise more than $11,150 in less than two months for Langley’s Critter Care wildlife rescue society.
Deborah Barnes may not live in Langley, but she has big dreams for the injured and orphaned wildlife that temporarily reside here.
Barnes, who learned about Critter Care last year, wants to “shine big light and love on a gentle organization called Critter Care” and crowd fund $50,000 for the Langley-based B.C. wildlife rehabilitation centre.
“They have given us over 30 years of service. They have cared for and returned to the wild over 30,000 of our injured and orphaned animals,” Barnes wrote on the fundraising page.
Barnes started the online fundraising campaign with a goal to collect money toward the cost of a new animal enclosure. She met with Critter Care founder and operator Gail Martin on Tuesday to hand over the money.
More than 100 people from around the world have contributed to the cause so far. She regularly posted video updates on her fundraising page as well as videos of the animals living at the centre.
“This was my first attempt at a fundraiser like this but I had to try and do something for these animals,” said Barnes.
“Years of hard use has taken its toll on their enclosures. They have also started to run out of room because of a dramatic increase in admissions.”
Last year Critter Care took in 32 bear cubs and eventually had to turn some away after running out of room to take care of them. All but two have been released back into the wild in remote parts of B.C.
This year, they are overrun with fawns and coyotes and are in need of a new enclosure, said Martin.
She’s grateful for Barnes’ efforts which will go a long way.
Barnes comes from a well-known B.C. family. She is the sister of Vancouver parks board commissioner Constance Barnes, and daughter of CFL star and politician Emery Barnes, who was an advocate for the underprivileged and first black Speaker of the House of Commons.
She made her way to Salt Spring Island where she works as an animal photographer.