Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center hosts benefit Jan. 28

Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will be holding its annual Wild Things benefit auction and dinner Jan. 28 at the Bellingham Golf & Country Club. All proceeds will be used to treat injured, sick and orphaned wildlife here in Whatcom County so they can be release back into the wild.

The auction will feature items such as weekend getaways, luxury treatments, professional services and locally crafted items. Dinner will consist of gourmet dishes catered by Bellingham Golf & Country Club and include live jazz by the Mark Kelly Quartet. Tickets are $50 before Dec. 31 and $60 after.

Established in 2000, NWRC admits more than 950 animals annually. With just one full-time staff member and one seasonal staff member, the organization relies on volunteers and interns throughout the year.

“We started as a small group of people transporting injured wildlife to facilities that could provide the best possible care for that type of species,” president and founding member Kraig Hanse said in a press release. “A few years later we were able to open our own facility at Nugent’s Corner where we now treat and rehabilitate the wildlife in our community. By not transporting them outside of Whatcom County, we lessen the stereo on the animals, making their recovery time quicker.”

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