While debate rages on about the sale, value, and protection of fresh water sources in British Columbia and Canada, it can be easy to forget that we’re not the only ones who rely on that water.
In areas of drought, extreme heat, forest fires or other natural (and unnatural) disruptions, wild animals are desperately in need of water. It is not feasible for individual homeowners to provide our wild neighbours shelter, and as we know through experience, it is not safe to give them food.
But leaving out a bowl of water – which you should regularly replace – you can help all creatures from finches and chipmunks to eagles and coyotes keep cool over the hot summer months.
As the heat waves continues across our country and abroad, please also remember to keep your companion animals safe from the extreme weather by always making sure they have access to fresh water and shade from the sun.
If you see an animal in distress, contact your local Humane Society or SPCA for advice – they can take action or refer you to an expert like a wildlife rehabilitator who can help. If you see a dog – or child or senior citizen – in a hot car, please immediately call the police.
Water, like our other natural resources, are here for us all to enjoy – not just those who want to make a profit.
Work like our growing Living With Wildlife campaign is only possible with the support of monthly donors. Please consider become a monthly donor – for as little as $5 a month – and help us create a Canada that is truly fur-free.