To report orphaned, ill or injured wildlife: (250) 337-2021 | 1331 Williams Beach Road Merville, BC

MARS Ongoing Needs

The small things really help, and we are always on the lookout for bits and pieces, odds and ends, such as:

  • Linens (pillow cases, towels, blankets, wash cloths, etc.)
  • Liquid unscented laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • Paper towels, tissues, toilet paper
  • Garbage bags (small kitchen bags and large black ones)
  • Vitamins or supplements (Vitamin B1, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Cod Liver Oil, Calcium, etc)
  • Pet medications (Metacam, Clindamycin/Antirobe, Clavaseptin, Clavamox, Baytril, etc.)
  • Nitrile exam gloves
  • Dust masks
  • Food (berries, unseasoned meat/fish, etc)
  • Plastic storage bins
  • Canadian Tire money

Donations can be dropped off at 1331 Williams Beach Road, Merville.

Other ways to help:

  • You can donate Quality Foods points to MARS. Just ask at the checkout and specify Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society.
  • The Courtenay Return It Centre at 493 Puntledge Road, Courtenay also has a number on file for us so that any returns can be credited to an account for MARS (#135)
  • The Comox Return It Centre at 678 Anderton Ave., Comox. (#336)

Urgent Needs

We urgently need these items in preparation for the 2020 baby season to help us care for hundreds of orphaned and injured baby birds, fawns, raccoon kits, and other small mammals.

  • Baby bottles and nipples
  • Kitten Milk Replacer – can be found at most pet stores
  • Esbilac puppy milk replacer – can be found at most pet stores
  • Baby rice cereal
  • Freeze dried or frozen bloodworms, daphnia, or krill – can be found at most pet stores
  • Chick starter feed – can be found at farm feed and supply stores
  • Canned cat food (pate works best)
  • Eggs (chicken, duck, or goose)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Medical or home-made masks
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Gauze sponges
  • Vet wrap – can be found at farm feed and supply stores
  • Sharps containers
  • Electric heating pads
  • Heat lamp bulbs (250 Watt)
  • Full spectrum grow light bulbs
  • Tarps or heavy duty plastic drop cloths with no holes or rips
  • Foldable metal dog pens
  • Extra large metal dog crates
  • Mountain bike tires for making perches
  • Metal food storage cans

Some of these items can also be found on our Amazon wish list:

Donations can be dropped off at 1331 Williams Beach Road, Merville.







UPDATE from MARS Board of Directors

MARS’ Visitor Centre is now closed in response to the COVID-19 (Corona Virus) pandemic. We will continue to monitor recommendations from our local health authorities and look forward to reopening to the public when it is safe to do so.

The MARS wildlife hospital remains open; staff and volunteers will be here every day to take care of the animals. 

At this time of the year MARS’ volunteers would normally be out in the community raising money for the upcoming “baby” season, e.g. selling raffle tickets, garage sales, special events, etc. to care for fawns, baby birds and baby mammals. Our fundraising activities are now severely limited and we will no longer have revenue from the visitor centre. We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone but any financial support you can spare to maintain our wildlife rescue and rehabilitation program would be very much appreciated. Click here to make a donation >>

Please take care of yourselves and stay well.

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