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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Rescue/rehabilitate/release wild animals

Programs: Animal rehabilitation and care of over 300 animals

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

1 Anne K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Jennifer C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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,

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.