Two sea cans are now protecting feed for Medicine River Wildlife Centre’s animals and tools needed to finish building the facility’s new hospital.
Thieves struck the centre twice in the spring, and tools were among the items stolen.
Executive director Carol Kelly said the donated sea cans arrived last week.
“It was perfect for us. Tools and feed take up a lot of space, and now everything is secure,” Kelly said.
She said feed had been stored in the centre’s aging facility, which was easily accessible by squirrels and mice.
“The sea cans are already making a difference. The mice can’t get into it. The bad guys can’t get into it. It feels really good to get that done.”
She said the sea cans can also be used as temporary storage for equipment that will be moved from the old building to the new building.
People can tour the new centre in Spruce View during an autumn open house on Oct. 19 and 20, from noon to 4 p.m.
The wildlife hospital will be double the size of the old building, with five intensive care units, reception area, lounge and learning area, treatment centre, quarantine room, kitchen and storage area.
“We’re well underway, so people can really see what’s happening in the building. I know a lot of people are curious as to what’s going on so they can stop in.”
She said Olive, one of the centre’s education owls, will be at the open house for a few hours to greet visitors.
While construction continues, the centre prepares to care for wildlife injured during fall migration.
Kelly said so far, a few owls caught on barbwire fences have needed help, as well as some ducks, bats, coots and a juvenile golden eagle.
“It’s always a challenge.”