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

GROWLS Meeting Dates for 2019 at The Roxy 7 PM

    • Thursday, February 28th – General Meeting
    • Thursday, April 25th – AGM & General Meeting
    • Thursday, September 26th – General Meeting

    • Thursday, November 26th – General Meeting

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).