(Wild Arc / Facebook)

Every year, thousands of Christmas trees are sold on Vancouver Island and used for decoration in homes – but they can have a purpose after the holiday too.

Christmas is over and you are taking the ornaments, lights and tinsel off the tree. Before you toss your Christmas tree to the curb, consider donating it to wildlife. Many animals benefit from recycled trees that they use as a toy or a home.

Wild ARC, a shelter for orphaned or injured wild animals, in Metchosin is asking locals to donate their live Christmas trees as enrichment for their wild patients.

Trees (clear of any ornaments, tinsel, or other bits that critters can get tangled in) can be dropped off at the BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre on 1020 Malloch Road between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day.

“Now that the Christmas is over, consider giving your live, cut Christmas tree a second life as enrichment for our wild patients,” the organization wrote on their Facebook page.

“We are not able to arrange tree pickups, but if you’re able to find a ride for your conifer, our wild patients will very much appreciate the added greenery!”

 

Related: 21 places to get your Christmas tree chipped in and around Victoria