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October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

This place is absolutely a heaven on Earth for animals! I have gone to ARWS a couple of times to help out my mom, who is a volunteer there, to just help out with the feeding and maintenance,etc. The entire facility is far beyond what I would have imagined for just a bunch of rescued animals, from baby possums and raccoons to funny llamas. I enjoy it every time I have the opportunity to go there. The animals are handled and cared for exceptionally well, with lots of love and respect. I particularly love the llama that gives me kisses whenever I walk near her, and the calf who like to play with me. Overall, this animal sanctuary deserves more than the 5-star rating, more like 6/5!

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

seeing how so many animals come through this sanctuary, and then being released back into the wild, fully healthy, recovered, and living their lives happily.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

getting to care for so many animals and overall helping them live out the rest of their lives the best they can.

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

extremely kind and knowledgable.

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

spread to the surrounding states, giving its superior care to so many more needy animals out there.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

I love this animal sanctuary and I hope it continues to flourish and prosper.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 15, 2009

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October 15, 2009

I am so thankful for hearing about Antler Ridge. I look forward to apprenticing and becoming a licensed rehabilitator as well. It is so satisfying to be able to help these baby or injured animals to grow up or regain their health and then back to their natural surroundings. This group is VERY caring and responds quickly to the animals needs. I hope they are there forever!

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

taking care of the raccoons was by far my faovorite thing to do. Of course there are so many other small lives that need help.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to give.

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

funding

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 15, 2009

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October 15, 2009

I have been going to Antler Ridge one day a week for over a year now. It is still as exciting now, as it was a year ago. To be given a chance to make a difference in these wild animals lives is very empowering. I have been trained by the Director, Kelly, to know which type of food to feed each species of infant, and how to care for them. In a few months, I will be eligible to be licensed as a wildlife rehabilitator, myself. This is very exciting. We care for raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, fawns, opossums, skunks and wood chucks. Many times we are given an adult animal that needs to recover from a life threatening incident. Usually this is caused by cars or our dogs and cats. Being able to help these animals and return them to the wild is very satisfying.

The Great!

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

being allowed to release some of the animals we have rescued back into the wild. Seeing a tiny baby come into the sanctuary, that is totally hairless with its eyes still closed, and later seeing it released as a 'teenager' back to roam free, is great!

Ways to make it better...

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

train the volunteers more extensively and correct errors they make. Example: when charts for each animal say "gave them food and water" instead of specifying what food they were fed. If the animal gets sick, we need to know what they ate.

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

being totally hands-on. Where else would you have the opportunity to care for so many wild babies. Most people see them in a zoo, or a glimpse in the backyard. I get to feed them (and clean them-lol).

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

all very kind hearted and concerned about the safety and well being of these animals. They all give freely of thier time and expect nothing but self-satisfaction in return.

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

triple in size and help even more animals. We could also afford to have one full time employee there everyday, to facilitate passing information from shift to shift. We could build new cages that have full height doors so that I stop wacking my head!

Ways to make it better...

we had enough volunteers to have two on at a time. Because most people work days, I am there alone all day. Having someone else to talk to and help during the spring when we have the most bottle fed infants would be a big bonus.

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

finding quality, reliable volunteers. People don't realize that we depend on them being there every day. If they don't show up just because they didn't feel like it today, the animals may go hungry until a substitute is found. It creates stress.

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

it takes a very kind hearted, special person to put so much of their own time and money into opening a sanctuary. The invasion of personal privacy is tremendous. Some people have no respect that this is also someone's home.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 15, 2009

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October 15, 2009

My experience with Antler Ridge far exceeded my hopes when, on 2 separate occassions, I happened upon injured wildlife. Not only is Antler Ridge amazingly responsive, considering the enormous responsibility they face on a daily basis, but completely compassionate. This winning combination makes Antler Ridge, in my opinion, a 5 star operation!

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

the rescue and rehabilitation of injured wildlife.

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

Their dedication, compassion, and responsiveness.

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

Professional, positive, happy.

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

Save the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 15, 2009

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October 15, 2009

Antler ridge is a wildlfe rescue group that helps orphaned and injured wildlfe. they care for over 300 animals a year the mission is to rehabilitate them and release them back to the wild.

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

helping release the animals back to the wild

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

they have a caring staff and can do attitude

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

professional that are looking to give back to the environment

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

expand it facility and create a resource for the community

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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