The Lucky Duck Rescue & Sanctuary

Rating: 4.54 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 9136 Wheatland Avenue Sun Valley CA 91352 USA

Mission: To rescue injured and/or abandoned domestic ducks for possible adoption to qualified homes or living at the sanctuary for the duration of their natural lives.

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Rating: 1 stars  

Lucky Duck came to our elementary school when a mallard duck set up her nest in our school planter. She agreed to take Daisy and her ducklings to her place to keep them safe from cats, and birds. All of this was televised on Channel 4 and the promise was to return Daisy and her ducklings back to Rowland Heights when they were able to fly and release Daisy back to her own environment. She was not forthcoming in her information to us and seemed very angry when we showed concern on what was happening. Today we learned from a flyer posted on her site that Daisy and her ducklings would be released to almost certain death in the LA river on Sunday. We worked very hard to keep her safe while at the school and assumed she would do the same. Very very disappointed in someone who claims to rescue. Just an update on this review, Lucky Duck released Daisy and her babies on June 29th and refuses to give us a location. We have also been banned from making any comments on her site.

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

Mean what you say, and follow through

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

My first experience with Carol Chrysong and Lucky Duck Rescue was a few months ago when I was asked to participate in a duck rescue at a local water/debris basin. The basin was being drained and cleaned in preparation for the coming winter storms. Unfortunately, someone had abandoned a large group of domestic ducks at the basin, and as the water level dropped, the ducks were in increasing danger of being killed by coyotes and losing their habitat and food source.

On the day of the rescue, Carol arrived in a pick-up truck, wearing rubber boots, and armed with a plan to save the ducks. She had us set up a fenced pen and spread us out along the banks to help guide the ducks to their temporary holding pen. She then placed one of the ducks she had brought from her Lucky Duck Sanctuary in the pen to act as a beacon for the abandoned ducks. That duck understood his role and immediately began calling out to the ducks in the basin. The abandoned ducks quickly took interest in the new duck and with the addition of a little feed dropped along the path, the ducks were soon waddling along headed to the pen. Within 5 minutes all the ducks were safely inside the pen and a cheer went up among the volunteers who had showed up to help out that day! Carol then transferred the ducks into individual travel containers and they were off to their new life at Lucky Duck Rescue and Sanctuary.

A few days later I contacted Carol to discuss a story I was writing for the local paper about the rescue. In the course of the conversation she invited my 10 year son and myself to come visit her facilities. My son had participated in the duck rescue at the debris basin and had become fascinated with the creatures.

That weekend we paid a visit to the Sanctuary and were absolutely in awe at what she is doing there. She has about 90 ducks & geese all separated into housing that keeps rival duck groups separate. There are ducks swimming in kiddie pools, there are ducks strolling with their mates, there's even an old basset hound that watches over the ducks and welcomes visitors to the facility.

I really can not comprehend how Carol is able to pull this enormous effort off all on her own. She has dedicated her life to these animals, she has a natural ability to understand their needs. She is also a great teacher as she spent time with my son explaining the different kinds of ducks and the story behind how they came to her sanctuary.

Carol is a very special lady and a I am so glad that I got the chance to meet her. My son & I look forward to our next visit to Lucky Duck Rescue and we have a new found respect for these amazing birds.

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

seeing the happy health ducks at her facility, and knowing that Carol is working to protect these creatures every day.

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

try to find funds and volunteers to help Carol operate this facility.

Rating: 5 stars  

As one of the sisters of the woman who runs The Lucky Duck Rescue & Sanctuary, I watched her intense passion for ducks develop from her childhood. She fell in love with her first pet duck, named Susie, as a young girl. She has been wonderfully drawn to the beauty of these animals from the start. Over the years, she's grown in her knowledge of ducks and become quite inciteful in her dealings with them even before this work began.

Now she has begun a really good work and it has grown quite fast. She has a strong commitment toward the survival and well-being of these animals. She really cares about them--actually, she loves them. And she absolutely loves this work. Hers is the only domestic duck rescue within a large area. She's become known as an expert among those she helps.

At this point, her biggest need would be big pens for the ducks. Please come alongside her and provide financial assistance to meet this need. These would help the work operate more efficiently. Any additional help you can give would be greatly appreciated. She would love this work to continue growing and thriving as she reaches out to meet the needs of the duck population within her reach.

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

I've heard feedback of some who've benefited from her work. Her reputation is very positive. She's respected in this field.

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

Help her get a little more organized. I'd also bring in one or two reliable assistants to help her.

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been in support of this non profit duck rescue for 3 years. Being the first in Southern California to have an opporating domestic duck rescue on the internet, I am amazed at the care and well being of the ducks living there. The first time I was on the property, there were a little more than 60 ducks. Now, there are over 100 ducks that are being cared for by the rescue's founder, Carol Chrysong. Being semi-retired, this sanctuary has become a place of relaxation and joyful observation of these fun creatures.

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I have been at the rescue when families come to visit ducks they have brought to the rescue, unable to care for them themselves. I have seen the looks on their faces when they find their duck in good health, looking happy in their new environment with new friends.

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

I have spoken to Carol about her immediate needs for the rescue. She has told me that because the rescue has grown so quickly, bigger pens are desperately needed for safety from night-time predators as well as the over-mating that occurs during mating season, which is now here. If, I could, I would help get these pens built. As it is, I will continue to donate what I am able to.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

Carol , is doing a great job providing a positive living environment for the rescues for all the water fowl that has been abandoned or need a home.
I have also rescued many ducks, and have learned what their best needs are for shelter health and well being. Clean water which is used for bathing and drinking , finding insects or vegetation to consume. Water fowl are very smart and have a terrific memory and learn very quickly.
Housing for the birds needs to provide enough space as each bird is territorial. Their needs to be plantings for shade,greens like dandelions for consumption as well as soft earth to investigate ,find and consume worms etc.

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

I have visited twice, and am grateful for all that Carl has already done for the Birds

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

Have a crew of volunteers who help out with the daily routines necessary,

Rating: 5 stars  

It was a wonderful experience to visit this place.
This is a small but dynamic water fowl resue organizaion.
They sincerely care for each and every one of their residents.
To view over 100 bidrs, includng ducks, geese, musovies , birds and animals wandering around the faciliity is truly an amazing experience.
Despite the struggle for funding, they do an awesome job helping these birds and animals.
Carol, the director of this non profit group, loves and cares for all of her residents. She has give each one a name.
I really enjoyed my visit.

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

In the quality of care the animals were given. The pleasure of wataching these annimal roam around the property.

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

They certainly could use a few more larger pens to accommocate all the new arrivals. Ovioulsy, the need additional funding.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

That a few dedicated people can make a real differnece.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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

The Lucky Duck Rescue and Sanctuary provides expert care and housing for more than 100 ducks both wild and domestic who are orphaned, injured, or homeless. Caring for all these birds is not easy, and The Lucky Duck does a great job of keeping them healthy and happy.

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

Providing treatment to injured and sick ducks that Carol takes in. It's very rewarding to be able to help these animals recover.

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

Continue to expand outreach and educational programs so we will have fewer abandoned animals in the future.

Rating: 5 stars  

The Lucky Duck takes care of abandoned or injured animals both wild and domestic. The sanctuary incubuses the major portion of he home and property. Hundreds of ducks and other birds are nursed to health and released. If unable to survive in the wild, they are retired safe and sound in the sanctuary.

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I am a naturalist and greatly admire Carol's work and dedication to protecting and caring for natures casualties.

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

I would like to see it expanded.

Rating: 5 stars  

Carol, the Duck Lay, provide what every rescue should: Lots of TLC and individual care. Frankly, I don't know how she does it. What I do know is that she deserves, and should get, both financial as well as volunteer help. She helped us with the lack of companionship that our duck the we rescued from some very sick people who were going to use it in a sacrifice ritual. In short, I cannot say enough good things about Carol and the work she does - and it is work! Hard work.

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

Yes.

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

I would provide volunteer services but livmore e too far away. And if I weren't retired I would contribute money.

Rating: 5 stars  

My son needed service hours for Scouts and we heard about Lucky Duck Rescue from our homeowners association. What Carol has done to save these animals is amazing. She's turned her yard into a multi-space haven for injured and abandoned ducks. The more vulnerable ducks are housed in areas where they will not be harassed by stronger ducks but most are free in large outdoor areas. There are lots of pools and shady areas. It's fun watching them root for worms when the pools are emptied. The property is in a semi-rural area and Carol needs more secured areas to keep the ducks safe at night from coyotes and foxes, which roam the neighborhood looking for easy prey. She has done a great job rescuing many ducks that were raised as school projects, then abandoned when the year is over. Her next mission is to educate the schools that raising animals without permanent homes is a really, really bad idea. I have a lot of admiration for Carol. I hope she is able to raise more funds to keep her Foundation going and improving. She's made a big difference.

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

Carol goes out and rescue's ducks that have been abandoned in local canyons. These ducks are bred for food and cannot fly as their bodies are large but their wings are small. I've seen her care for ducks that were previously kept in horrific conditions and sufered permanent injuries. She keeps them is special areas where they will not be stressed by the other ducks. Every one of them get time in the pool even if she has to put them in because they cannot walk well.

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

Help her build stronger enclosures to protect the ducks from scavengers. She would like to build an aviary so the birds can get out and exercise. Carol runs the organization very well. She just needs more help to continue to improve the conditions.

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