(Wild ARC)

The BC SPCA is pivoting to the digital world as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to push back plans for regular in-person fundraising.

In support of the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (ARC), the BC SPCA will be running an online silent auction from May 1-15.

The auction will feature 75 items, including donations from individuals and businesses like Il Terrazzo Ristorante, Spruce Nail Design and Abigail’s Hotel.

With ongoing COVID-19 restrictions still in place, Wild ARC’s usual source of donations, the annual Spring Into Wildlife fundraiser, could not be held.

Last year the fundraiser brought in $15,000, and Wild ARC is hoping that the online auction will be able a good substitute.

“Putting this auction online is new for us,” says Ginelle Smith, Wild ARC’s manager.

“It’s really easy to look through all the items and place bids, so hopefully we’ll raise a lot of funds for the animals.”

Wild ARC is based on southern Vancouver Island and operates all year round. The wildlife rehabilitation centre’s team has cared for almost 50,000 wild patients since opening in 1997.

“We’re so grateful to the people and businesses who donated the amazing items in our auction,” says Smith. “And we thank everyone who will participate in what we hope will be a fantastic online event.”

The online auction goes live tomorrow for bidding at:

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