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GROWLS  is a registered non-profit society whose mandate is the rescue of ill, injured or otherwise disabled wildlife and the preservation of natural wildlife habitat on Gabriola Island, British Columbia.


Our main role is to rescue and transport injured or sick animals to a veterinarian or to one of the wildlife recovery facilities on Vancouver Island or Salt Spring Island.

Our long-term vision is to foster the education of GROWLS volunteers and our community to be more knowledgeable and respectful of our natural world.


We do not want to keep wild animals as pets…the goal is to release animals back into the wild. We strive to provide the best care possible and with minimal stress to the animal.

Growls Emergency Phone

To report an animal-in-distress on Gabriola Island, phone GROWLS at


Please leave a voice message (Note: only 1 minute available to record a message, give Name, Phone # and nature of problem).

GROWLS Members

It is time to hold our Annual General Meeting for Growls. Different times call for different ways to meet with one another. After enjoying a successful board meeting through zoom, we have come to the decision that holding our AGM on Zoom is entirely feasible. So, we have scheduled a meeting.

Time: May 21, 2020 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 812 4832 8435

Please join us…

We’ll kick the meeting off with a reading of the AGM Meeting Report minutes for last year.
  – Motions to accept all standing Directors.
  – Treasury Report for 2019/202
  – Liz Ciocea to educate us on bats.
  – Pam McCarney to chat about the starfish on the island.
  – Sharron Palmer-Hunt to talk about our beautiful nesting Eagles.

Hope you are able to attend. 🙂

GROWLS AGM April-25-2019 Word (DOCX)
Financial Report 2019-2020 (PDF)

Make a Donation

While GROWLS is a volunteer organization, there are numerous expenses which can not be expected to be covered at all times by the organization’s generous on-island members. To wit:

    off-island transportation costs incurred in getting wildlife to rehabilitation centres (e.g. ferry fees, vehicle mileage, etc.);
    purchase and maintenance of rescue equipment (e.g. safety apparel, catch poles, cages, etc.);
    re-stocking of perishable/consumable items (e.g. safety gloves, anti-septic wash, homeopathic solutions);
    administrative costs (e.g. web site fees, printer cartridges, advertising); and
    training costs (e.g. seminar attendance, seminar hosting, guest speakers).