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February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

As my husband and I were driving through our neighborhood one Sunday afternoon last May, we had to stop to allow a little baby groundhog struggling to cross the road safely. We knew this wasn't normal. Our families of groundhogs have lived in our yard ever since we moved in years ago. We knew that the mama would never allow her babies to wander away. Never. In fact, she nurtures them pretty much all through the summer until they are grown and can live on their own.
We knew this little baby had lost its mom. We went home to get a box and drove back to where the little groundhog was sitting in a neighbor’s yard. A man who lives in the house came out and said that the baby had been around for 2-3 days. So my husband and I placed him in the box and took him to our house. We placed clover and grass inside the box, as well as some cloths. We wondered if our mama groundhog would take care of the little orphan. However, information that we found on the internet said that a mother groundhog would not welcome an outsider.
I had no idea what to do. As my husband continued to research the web for information, he suggested that I call The Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick - approximately 40 miles away. At least they might be able to give me some advice. Well, they gave more than advice. They asked if we would be willing to drive him to the Center where one of their staff members would be delighted to take him in. (They told me that groundhogs were her favorite!) We of course agreed.
When we arrived, the staff quickly took the baby groundhog and the box to a back room where they had prepared a pen for him. They gave us an "admission ticket" with a number to reference should we want to call and check in on him.
I did call to follow up and spoke with the woman who was caring for him. She said that another baby groundhog was brought to the Center, which was good for both of them. She adores groundhogs and took extra special care of them. I continued to email her throughout the next few weeks and she always replied with a detailed account of how the groundhogs were doing – which was amazingly well! She cared for them until they were grown and ready to be released. My husband and I are grateful to have such a wonderful place nearby. I let others know about the Center for Wildlife whenever I have the opportunity. They forever have my support!

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

visiting the Center and learning important information about respecting and caring for wildlife.

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

I don't think I would change a thing about the way in which they operate. I just wish there were more Centers throughout Maine!

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

I read about the work of CFW in the news and am so happy that this organization exists to help animals throughout this area and the wider region. I am happy to see that CFW is getting more serious about fund raising and getting attention outside of the local area. The website has greatly improved too. All the best!

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

hearing from volunteers and reading stories in the news

Ways to make it better...

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

Encourage more programs off site, more benefits off site

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

Two years ago I brought a wounded chickadee to the Wildlife Center in Cape Neddick Maine. I was very impressed with their knowledge, kindness and expressions of gratitude for bringing the bird to them. Since then I have been to several of the Center's Open Houses and have learned much.

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

Seeing them continue to grow and expand their services.

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

No changes.

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

I volunteered at the Center for Wildlife for two years. I had a zoology degree and working there gave me invaluable experience which helped me later find a career in wildlife rehabilitation. During my time there, I began to see how critical it is to have this rehabilitation center up and running. It is the only major wildlife center in Southern Maine. They provide so much time and effort for mammals, birds, and reptiles. The staff goes above and beyond for every injured animal. They make do with what they have and they do a fantastic job with it. But it would be so nice for them to have the funds for new caging, a better facility, or better equipment to help the wildlife of Maine. They help so many animals, and I can remember countless times having to come up with caging ideas on the spot to accommodate every animal! I would love to see this facility expand with the proper funding, they provide amazing rehabilitation for wildlife and wonderful education for the public.

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

Having the staff let me help with all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation, going on injured animal calls and rescuing the animals myself to bring into the center and helping with educational programs.

Ways to make it better...

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

rally to raise more funds so that they could improve and expand their facility to help accommodate the wide amount and variety of species they deal with.

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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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

This is more related to funding, but being able to pay interns would be a nice bonus. Even if it was just a stipend. It is hard to do internships and hold a full time job. But it is usually not available to a non profit.

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

It taught me many critical skills to pursue a career in wildlife rehabilitation and in education. I felt like I had a mentor in one particular staff member who always had time to answer my questions. I met some great people and had some unforgettable experiences with wildlife.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I felt it was invaluable career wise and I'm glad I volunteered there. I always wanted to help more and give the staff the support they needed.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

The CFW is an irreplacable haven the rehabillitation and caring of animals on the S Seacoast. there is no other place anywhere near Portsmouth, hampton, York Kittery or Kennebunk where one can take injured aninals. They do a superb job and deserve all the funding they can get, as the animals need theis place desperatelt due to human encroachment and expansion.

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

I have vistied and enjoyed seeing the aninals that can't be re-released into the wild. I have seen children benefit from inter-acting the animals.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to help them find additional raise more funds so they could help more animals.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

I have taken several birds over the years to the Center For WIldlife and it's such a good feeling knowing that these injured birds and other animals have at least a fighting chance at being rehabbed. If by chance they cannot be saved, they will at least die humanely. Most of the birds I have found have been injured by human contact, albeit unintended, such as the beautiful hawk I found that had been struck by a car. I was able to transport the hawk in an open box--it never struggled or attempted to escape. It was incredible to see such a bird up close.
Thank you Center For Wildlife for being there for the many unfortunat wild creatures that need your help!

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

I became a volunteer after bringing several birds I had found to them I was so impressed with the quality of care they rendered I decided to become involved with the organization. I plan to stay with them as long as they need my help!

Ways to make it better...

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

I would love to see them get more funding for their work.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

CFW saves wildlife with a caring and dedicated staff of mostly volunteers. With no federal or state funding, they are able to care for and rehabilitate wildlife brought to them from throughout the region. Those they are not able to release back to the wild are used for education programs in schools and for the general public. My non-profit environmental group has volunteered for 3-4 years at their facility helping in spring clean-up activities. After completing our work, the staff has given us a short tour of the facility, introducing us to the permanent bird residents and showing us their rehabilitation area. We have seen the staff in action caring for newborn baby birds, squirrels and other wildlife.

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

I have been given tours of their bird enclosures and met some of the permanent residents, those too injured to be returned safely to the wild. I learned more about these wild creatures and the ways of their wild cousins.

Ways to make it better...

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

expand their programs and facility throughout the State of Maine and into other States. More funding would be needed to accomplish this.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

The Center for Wildlife is an excellent facility, and the only one like it in the area. I brought a wild animal to them once, and another time someone came to my house on short notice to get an animal that needed their help. The first time I used their service I searched online, and found that most other places like the CFW only accept certain animals. Their ability to accommodate several different types of animals, and their goal to release the animals back into the wild where they belong make this an invaluable asset to York County. Without CFW there would be many animals suffering and unqualified people attempting to care for them. It is so important that CFW keep running, and that people in the area donate to support them.

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

two ways-when I brought an animal needing help to the organization, and when someone from CFW came to my house to pick another animal up.

Ways to make it better...

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

Honestly can't think of much...I wish they had more funding so they could have even extended services (although they do excellent as it is!)

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

CFW is performing an invaluable service for the birds and animals of ME with no government funding. For this I will do anything I can for them.
they accept volunteer time and donations of bags of acorns to paper towels plus the money recieved is so well used I only wish I could do more.
Hardly a soring goes by that I don't take them a baby bird and I am so grateful they are there.

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

seeing rehabilited animals released into the wild

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

It is run so well I can't think of a thing.

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

I became aware of CFW two or three years ago. My sister-in-law began volunteering there, and then continued as an intern. Her love for the animals she cares for is apparent to anyone who knows her, and she keeps family and friends informed about the work CFW does from her Facebook profile. As she learns about Maine's wild creatures, she in turn teaches us about them when she posts photos of the animals, birds & reptiles in her care. She comments about them & updates us on their progress as they are rehabilitated. She spreads the word about the work CFW does to everyone she meets. She is a wonderful ambassador for a wonderful organization that is very much needed. CFW works to educate the public with their educational programs. Like most of my neighbors living in a rural area, I've had many instances when I've encountered an animal needing help, but the game warden refused to have anything to do with it. Other animal welfare groups restrict their care to domestic animals. There was never anywhere to turn. Now that I know about CFW I feel confident that I can get help for an injured animal.

The Great!

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

I've seen my sister-in-law care for animals & share information about them as part of her internship.

Ways to make it better...

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

Like to see them open branches throughout the state of Maine, Get their program into all of Maine's elementary schools, and I'd like them to be able to do more effective fund-raising.

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