SIERRA WILDLIFE RESCUE

Rating: 4.97 stars   32 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 2127 Placerville CA 95667 USA

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2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Sierra Wildlife Rescue is an extremely valuable asset to our county. We are a mostly rural area with many different types of animals and birds. Sierra Wildlife takes care of every animal they receive, no matter how large the numbers. I have brought several birds to Sierra Wildlife in the eleven years I have lived here and I am always confident that the birds will be well taken care of and that they will do their best to make sure these birds are returned to the wild. I brought a hummingbird in a few years ago that one of my cats had captured and the day after I brought the bird in to Sierra Wildlife Rescue, they called me and asked me to come back and get the bird as it was healthy and ready to go home. I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to bring that little fellow home and let my son release him back to the wild.

Sincerely,
Michele C. Kreisl

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

the birds I have brought home again once they were healthy.

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

say that I can't think of anything I would change as Sierra Wildlife Rescue is always trying to find ways to better their organization on their own.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have attended 6 training classes. Each instructor has been extremely experienced and educated regarding their topic matter. Instructors have also included veterinarians that perform wildlife medical treatments.
The experienced rehabbers are very good about mentoring new rehabbers to make sure the wildlife is medically treated properly and the novice can handle the long term care of the animal.
I think the long term dedicated volunteers have very good communication. Whenever I need information they are quick to answer my inquiry or contact the next person in the organization that can be of assistance. The volunteers donate an enormous amount of personal time to ensure the success of Sierra Wildlife Rescue as a viable organization for our community.
The workshops are varied and respected that they attract rehabbers from other wildlife organizations and even the Forest Service to attend.

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

I have talked with full time rehabbers and they show me pictures of the injuries they have healed and animals they released back into the wild.

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

Find a way to pay salary for up to two people to permanently staff the office and do fund raising. Development of a small and informative natural history exhibit and demonstrations. As with any volunteer organization that relies on limited funding to operate, the buildings that have housed the office, primary education space, and rehab space has had its limitations. The current building is the most appropriate so far but still needs improvement. They need more parking space too!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Expanded knowledge about wildlife in my region

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Very proud that we have such a great organization as part of our community

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

each spring i look forward to feeding the baby birds at sierra wildlife rescue. i work the morning shift. we usually start by 7 o'clock. work starts fast. the cages need to be uncovered, food needs to be warmed, water dishes have to be changed and cages need to be cleaned. different birds have different feeding habits and when they are young they may need to be fed every 15 minutes . and the fun begins. some times there is not a minute to think. I love it . 50 to 100 birds all needing care , and hopefully to be returned to the wild i know that swr is involved with rehabing many different kinds of animal maybe someday i will do that but for now i love the baby bird nursery

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

happy faces

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

not my job

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Rating: 5 stars  

Although there are many volunteer opportunities available at Sierra Wildlife Rescue, I became involved with their Baby Bird Nursery (BBN) program due to my love of birds and birdwatching. Baby birds often end up on the wrong side of the equation in interactions with wildlife and humans. Through progams like BBN, we can make a difference by helping injured, sick and abandoned birds. Due to Sierra Wildlife Rescue's careful monitoring, strict protocols, and extensive training program, the BBN has a good success rate.

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

helping to rehabilitate and care for injured, sick and orphaned birds.

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

expand it's paid staff and volunteer base so more could be done.

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Rating: 5 stars  

SWR is wonderful all volunteer organization with great wildlife rehabbers. They are dedicated, and selfless in caring for all the assorted species encountered in El Dorado County.
I volunteered and was on the board when I lived in the area. I am still a member and donor because of the great service they provide for the animals and the community.

K.L.K.

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

Helping return healthy animals to their wild state.

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

Try to ensure they had a larger volunteer base.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I attended a SWR class a year ago and knew right away I would like to be a part of the fawn rehab. group. The team leaders are absolutely available, knowledgeable and support release with as little human interaction as possible during the rehab. process. My entire family is now involved in the rehabbing of local wildlife, in particular fawns. Unfortunately, there are not enough people that know how precious our wildlife is to the environment. SWR is a small group that is doing their best to get the word out to the local communities about conservation. SWR is a fantastic way to give back to the environment, community and learn about conservation in the process. Help us get the word out and become a volunteer or donor with SWR.

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

the release of the yearlings back into the wild where they thrive and are not habituated

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

provide ongoing information to the communities about SWR and their mission as well as how the public can help.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love volunteering for this organization because the members and volunteers are passionate about their cause. Wildlife is so important to our culture. This organization rescues and rehabilitates injured wildlife and releases it back into the wild. We have such a symbiotic relationship with wildlife and this organization teaches how to rescue, rehabilitate and release these important creatures back into the wild. This organzation also plays an important role in educating adults and children about the different facets of wildlife, which is so important to preserve wildlife for future generations. These volunteers spend countless hours picking up injured wildlife and rehabilitating them for release. I serve in the baby bird nursery and my experience has been so valuable in taking care of injured birds and knowing that they will soon be released.

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

I've seen injured or orphaned animals being brough into the center and the volunteers are so caring and go to great lengths to insure that these animals are properly cared for with the hopes that they can return to the wild.

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

I don't have any at this time.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Sierra Wildlife Rescue came to my property, after I called on a Redtail Hawk that seemed grounded and injured. They were able to catch the bird safely and take it in for assessment. My 4 year old son and I were able to be apart of the rescue, it was very inspiring. The volunteer from Sierra Wildlife Rescue said they would bring the hawk back to our property, after is was healed, where it would be released back into the wild.
Unfortunately, the hawk was not able to fully recover from the sustained injury. SWR sent us a picture of our hawk and a note letting us know that although it is unable to return to the wild, it is safe and well cared for living at a facility where it is used for educational purposes.
I was very happy that there was an organization whom I could call to save this Redtail Hawk. Thank you so much SWR,

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

The rescue of the Redtail Hawk

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

I would change nothing, the organization was very friendly and professional.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Living in a small town next to a scenic river opens your life up to a menagerie of wild critters. I personally have used Sierra Wild Life Rescue three times with great results. One was: "What to do with an injured young deer at three am on a Sunday morning?" Two was: "Help there is a baby opossum making a home in my coffee beans!" (I own the local bakery/coffee shop). Three was: Ben, a small mallard that I feed bread to on walks with my dogs. Ben took on something that wanted to snack on him and the out come was a foot that needed to be amputated. Ben is back good as new, minus a flipper, and happily being a duck in his pound. Thank you Sierra Wild Life Rescue!

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

In all of my community.

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

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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?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

Sierra Wildlife is a great organization that provides help to the wildlife of El Dorado County. As a volunteer I have seen dedicated individuals provide a variety of needs to achieve the goal of rehabilitating animals back into the wild.

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

I have seen birds with injuries rehabilitated so they are able to return to the wild.

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

Try to get the word out to more people about the work we do.

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