Wildlife in Crisis, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Animals, Environment

Location: PO Box 101 Wilton CT 06897 USA

Mission: WIC is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, founded in 1989 to care for injured and orphaned wildlife. Our facility receives over 5,000 calls about distressed wildlife every year. At WIC, the emphasis is on emergency medical care and temporary housing for injured and orphaned animals-not on keeping releasable animals in cages for public display. We run a nurture center- not a 'nature' center. Since there is a direct correlation between rising numbers of injured and orphaned wildlife and unbridled development the purpose of our Wildlife in Crisis Land Trust is to protect wild animals by preserving their natural habitats and providing them with permanent sanctuary. Since our ultimate goal is to help people live harmoniously with native wildlife, we provide ongoing practical environmental educational programs to surrounding communities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I was a resident intern for WIC in the summer of '08 and I continue to volunteer there on a weekly basis. My involvement with the organization has been immensely beneficial to both my personal and career development. WIC is a truly amazing organization that puts the well being of all wildlife before anything else. The organization's dedication to the life of each individual animal is truly unprecedented. This is something I was able to experience while working for the organization. We worked all day and all night to ensure each and every animal received the care and attention necessary so that it could be released back to the wild. WIC saves thousands of injured and orphaned animals each year. Being able to be present during the releases of hundreds of animals was truly a gratifying experience that illustrated the importance of WIC in giving injured and orphaned wildlife the second chance that they deserve.

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

The care and release of hundreds and hundreds of animals, who would have died if it were not for the meticulous care of WIC.

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

Continue doing what it's doing!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Watching hundreds of animals get released into the wild.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Environmentall conscious individuals who all had a passion for wildlife and the environment. All were truly hard working.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a vet clinic, develop a larger rehabilitation clinic, buy more land that could be preserved as a nature reserve, hire a full-time manager and offer interns compensations.

Ways to make it better...

My experience could not have been improved. It would have been great to have received a salary, but I understand the organization has to dedicate 100% of the donations it receives to the care of animals.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding. The organization is expanding and deals with more and more animals each year. It needs funding so that it can further develop its facilities to care for the increasing number of animals it cares for.

One thing I'd also say is that...

My experiences with WIC and Dara Reid, the CEO and director have been nothing but positive. Dara is someone truly admirable who has dedicated her entire life to caring for wildlife through WIC.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Wow, this group has been around for twenty years and still going strong, working night and day helping the local wildlife. Very dedicated group.

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

many times over, just take a tour of there location, it's amazing what they do!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

there true and honest belief of what they are doing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

open a wild life in crises in each state making a big difference. With all the house developement the wild life are losing there homes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

As a former summer intern I had the chance to really see just how much hard work goes into making this organization a success. It's great to see so many injured and orphaned animals have a second chance at life. Dara has put her heart into this place and without her, the staff and all the supporters, WIC wouldn't be what it is today. Personally my internship was an experience I'll never forget and it has given me the experience I need to pursue my career goals. I only wish I were able to continue volunteering at such a great place.

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

my own personal experience as an intern. I had a first hand look at every detail of the place and have seen what goes on 24 hours a day to care for WIC's residents

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

not do a very good job. I really don't know how Dara manages to do everything she does. She really is an amazing person to have been able to start this whole oragnization when she was just over 20 and still be able to raise a family.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing all the work being worth it when an animal is released back into the wild. It's amazing what a little warmth and food can do for an animal that almost didn't make it. It's great to see them be able to go back to where they came from.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all amazing people that have a real passion for what they do.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build their dream facility. They have plans for a new and improved facility but do not have the funds. With the money more animals could be cared for and be given permenant homes if needed.

Ways to make it better...

I didn't have to work so many hours. During baby season it could get very stressful working up to 15 hours a day but I never regretted a single minute I was there and I would choose to re-live the experience in an instant if I could

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not having enough space and money. Each year more non releasable animals make WIC their permenant home and more releasable animals come in every year. It is a very small space and we always put a great deal of effort into conserving resources.

One thing I'd also say is that...

thank you to WIC for providing me with such a great experience! And please spread the word about this organization, it can never have too much support.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I had the great privelege to work as a weekly volunteer at Wildlife in Crisis several years ago and only quit due to personal health reasons. If I were able to, I'd still be there, as the work they do is invaluable and it was so gratifyiing to be a part of it. At WIC, injured wildlife are well cared for, rehabilitated and released back into the wild where they belong. Thank goodness there are people like Dara and the rest of the WIC staff in this world!

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

rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife, and releasing them back into the wild.

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

continue to try and expand...the work is so important.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the gratification of knowing I personally helped injured and orphaned wild animals recover and return to normal lives in the wild. It was so much fun to be up close and personal with the wildlife I love!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very competent and passionately devoted to their work.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand to help even more animals and develop a large scale community education program.

Ways to make it better...

I hadn't had to quit due to personal health constraints. Otherwise, I'd still be volunteering there.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

continuing to try and raise money on an ongoing basis.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Working there was a once in a lifetime experience for me. Growing up as a city kid who always loved animals, I never thought I'd have an opportunity to do something of that nature.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

There is nothing as inspirational and awe-inspiring as watching the tireless work of Dara, Peter, the interns and volunteers nurse orphaned wild animals until they can survive on their own ... and then release them into the wild. Thank you for giving God's creatures a second chance!

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

watching the release of healed hawks back into the wild.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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