Center for Wildlife, Inc.

Rating: 4.98 stars   54 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 620 Cape Neddick ME 03902 USA

Mission: The mission of the Center for Wildlife is to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick and injured wild animals, and educate the public about wildlife and the habitats they need to survive.
Geographic areas served: Maine, NH, New England
Programs: Wildlife Assistance Hotline, Medical Treatment and Rehabilitation Clinic, Research, Training, Education & Awareness Programs

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I cannot say enough about this group of dedicated volunteers who are just so passionate about caring for the wildlife that surrounds us. I've brought a few animals to them and I really like that they will care for and release these animals even if they are prey for other animals in their care. For instance if you found an injured mouse they'd help it and release it and not just feed it to a Hawk or Owl in their care.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have brought a few animals to the center for rehabilitation and I have also called them and asked for advice when I have seen an animal that I believed needed help. They are always quick to respond and very helpful.

The thing I like best is that if I bring in a prey creature, like a mouse, they won't feed it to an owl at the center. They will rehabilitate it and release it. It might eventually be taken by a predator in the wild, but the animal is assisted and released despite being so common and so low on the food chain.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I brought an injured pigeon for rehabilitation and they helped me rescue a 7 day old raccoon and a snapping turtle.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them an endowment! But alas, I am broke myself ;)

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Rating: 5 stars  

My class enjoyed several educational programs led by the Center for Wildlife this past year. The programs were enriching for both staff and students alike with a variety of activities including discussion and hands on analysis by students. We look forward to working with the Center for years to come.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a progressive educator, it can be difficult to find like minded and like practiced teachers out there. In their educational programs, The Center for Wildlife does not try to tell students what to think nor give them answers. Instead, they provide real, hands-on experiences for students with the animals that allows the students to think and construct their own understanding. With the bat program, for example, this knowledge can also be followed by action on the teacher and students part. It is exciting to know that the Center for Wildlife is doing such an educational service for the community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The questions and interest that came from my students.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Perhaps a summer camp?

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Center for Wildlife (CFW) provides a unique, priceless service to the inhabitants of Maine and coastal New Hampshire. Care for the animals is not limited to direct interaction with injured wildlife. Rather, CFW helps to prevent the injuries in the first place through programs and events aimed at increasing public awareness and stewardship. I have volunteered at open house events for several years. Each year, CFW and their partners have evolved, learning from the past failures and successes, embracing this knowledge to better hone their services. Should the Center ever fail to exist, it would leave a void in these communities, a void that would impact young and old, as well as the wildlife.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

animal releases, open house events, partner organization events

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Like to see continued development of the Center to see its continued success

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Working with injured wildlife is rewarding and challenging! The Center for Wildlife staff is very good at what they do, and handle cases with great care. The fill an important and valuable niche in our region.

Thank you for all you do!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Rating: 5 stars  

Last summer I was an intern at the Center for Wildlife. The internship ended in September and I've been a volunteer since. It is absolutely amazing the work and care that goes into helping each and every animal that passes through the door which is well above the thousands by now. Most importantly, all wild animals are treated as such to give them the best possible chance of remaining wild. There have been many times in the 8 months I've been there that someone will bring us an injured animal and tell us it has been very good and still and sat in their lap and let them pet it the whole way there. Such a circumstance can be very frustrating for a rehabber to hear considering that WILD animals do not let people "pet" them and they are just too terrified or injured to attempt to defend themselves, after all they see humans as a predator. For example, a cottontail had arrived with a mom in a minivan with her children once. Cottontails are high stress animals as it is and you can imagine how terrified the animal must have been with all the noise and the young children touching him. Sadly the rabbit died within minutes of arrival, most likely from the stress. Rather than getting upset or assigning blame in situations like these, the staff members are exceptionally patient and courteous with the public and take the time to explain to them what to do differently should a similar situation arise again. They are professional and excellent at what they do. Providing examinations, food, clean cages and medicine and as stress-free an environment as possible to the animals while receiving no state/federal funding. I am proud to volunteer there and I love doing it. You never know what you'll be asked to do, feed baby birds, clean a cage, weigh an animal, make platters, etc... There is always so much to be done! It's all worth it when you see the animal get to go back to it's natural home. Last summer we released four broad winged hawks atop Mount A and it was truly an indescribable feeling to watch the birds we received as fledglings take majestic laps around the mountain, finally well and free.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

first hand experience. I work with other volunteers and staff members roughly ten hours a week. During the summer it was about 35 hours a week. It is truly an amazing experience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand outreach past Maine! When I speak of my internship at UNH, most people have not even heard of the Center!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've led vernal pool walks and helped with the CFW's open house events. They perform a marvelous service for both the injured wildlife they rehabiliate and the community in terms of their environmental education programs. The looks of wonder and excitement on the faces of small children and their parents when on a CFW "Owl Prowl" or amphibian "Big Night" give a sense of how crucial the CFW's mission is, and what an impact it has in raising awareness about nature and the mounting threats to the environment. The CFW is the last resort for thousands of injured wildlife in this large region; they offer a "second lease on life" for many animals, including many endangered species in southern Maine. They are a very committed & talented staff, working all hours, and with a small budget, doing crucial work that balances animal and human needs. In that sense I think they are a model organization, well worth your support.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the satisfaction that comes with returning a successfully rehabilitated endangered turtle to the wild, or opening a child's and adult's eyes to the wonders of the natural world in our backyards--

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase efforts to build an endowment.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I first learned of the CFW from Facebook. I follow their link all the time. What an incredible organization. I have learned so much from following their posts. I have had to email and call them on a couple of occasions and both times they were just fantastic in being a resource and tool to help me do the right thing. Their immediate repsonse to my email the first time truly astounded me....I did not expect anyone to get back to me for quite some time....but I think it was within 30-60 minutes they emailed back. I couldnt believe it. I live in a very rural setting, and I can tell you that knowing who they are are, and what they do with a lot of wildlife around me. Thye truly make me feel that I am not alone if I find an injured bird or animal if I am at odds as to what to do. Expert advice is only a click or call away.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Assistance with injured animals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I cant not think of nor do i feel qualified to answer this. More funding for them would be a postive change.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Center for Wildlife is a unique and wonderful place in the state of Maine. Fifteen years ago I found some baby squirrels in my yard. The mother was dead. What to do? I found out about the Center and quickly brought the squirrels there. They were nurtured until they were old enough to be released. The expert care and genuine compassion for all animals that come through there is remarkable. They treat a field mouse with as much care as they do an eagle. The center has provided educational programs. They bring bats and snakes, owls and turtles. This service helps educate young children the importance of bats. I have been volunteering there since I discovered them so long ago. The quality of my life has improved because of my association with them. I have an increased awareness of wildlife and feel secure knowing that there is a place to take our injured animals in the area. Please consider The Center for Wildlife. Thank you, Hanna Frank

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The organization has a good reputation in the area. People are confident that the animals that are taken there will get the best medical care.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see a bigger treatment room.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The center is amazing, all the staff and volunteers are so dedicated and willing to help new volunteers learn. The lengths they all go to treat and rescue every single little animal that comes to the center is incredible. Its so nice to have a place to bring injured or abandoned animals that not many people would consider worth saving.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It is so rewarding to see animals being released into the wild after being treated at the center. I fostered baby squirrels, and once they were old enough, they were slowly introduced into the wild. It is such a great feeling to know that you helped an animal have a better chance at life, no matter how small the animal is. Even if the animals cannot be saved, at least there are people who care enough to try.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Everyone at the center does such a wonderful job, I wish they had more funding to be able to take in more animals and have more room for them.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have needed to bring several animals to this rescue site. Animals I had no knowledge how to help myself. I am so grateful for their exceptional help , caring and expertise. Thank you for being there

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

having been helped in a caring professional manner

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand to more facilities

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