Center for Wildlife, Inc.

Rating: 4.98 stars   54 reviews

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Location: PO Box 620 Cape Neddick ME 03902 USA

Mission: The mission of the Center for Wildlife is to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick and injured wild animals, and educate the public about wildlife and the habitats they need to survive.
Geographic areas served: Maine, NH, New England
Programs: Wildlife Assistance Hotline, Medical Treatment and Rehabilitation Clinic, Research, Training, Education & Awareness Programs
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EIN 22-2778845
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Rating: 5 stars  

CFW is a truly remarkable organization. With no federal or state funding, they are able to provide excellent medical care to a wild animal population that would otherwise go by the wayside. Thousands of birds, small mammals, and reptiles benefit from their care each year and the CFW asks for very little in return for their efforts.

They are largely volunteer-powered and paid staff are by no means getting rich! There is an overall atmosphere of a true passion for the mission there that is infectious and leads to people falling in love with the Center over and over.

Furthermore, they leverage their animal care to provide educational opportunities to the community - whether it is a program in schools or libraries, or simply to educate a member of the public who comes in to drop off an animal - they are helping humans and wildlife coexist more peacefully in Southern Maine.

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

Attending numerous spellbinding wild animal releases

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

Give them fiscal stability

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with The Center for Wildlife for over 15 years. In that time, the organization has gone from a small wildlife rehabilitation center operating out of a trailer with no running hot water, to a facility with. among other things, an indoor treatment center, an outdoor enclosure for eagles, and an impressive educational building. But one thing has remained consistent: the dedication, hard work, love, and complete commitment of the staff, volunteers, and Board to caring for injured and orphaned wild animals, always with the goal of returning them to the wild and their native habitat.

As someone who has volunteered at CFW for many years, served on the Board, and brought in my share of injured animals to receive care, I have enough stories to fill many pages. All of them are about wild animals in desperate need of help, and the Center being there to provide it. It is the only facility in the area to do this work, and without it, far too many animals would die. They would never get that second chance the Center gives them.

So thank you, everyone at CFW, for all that you do. I hope you realize how very much you and your work are appreciated!

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

treating injured and orphaned wild animals

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

give them more money to accomplish even more!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The CFW provides a learning experience like no other. Every trip to the Center produces a personal connection with the animals which nurtures curiosity, understanding, and compassion for the wild around us. Every visit leaves me in awe of the natural world and inspired to help protect it better. The CFW is an incredible place staffed by great people doing amazing things for all who share this planet.

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

I have witnessed numerous groups of people from all over the country become more knowledgeable about nature and inspired to help make a difference.

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

Give it more funding! They do amazing things with very little. I can't imagine what they could do with more funding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered over 1 1/2 years at the York Center for Wild LIfe. It was an amazing experience - to be so close to wild life, helping to feed, clean enclosures and be with an incredibly caring, dedicated staff. It's pretty tough during those long winter months in Maine, and they never miss a day - the animals need them and that's that. While always remembering that the animals are wild and being aided to go back to the wild, I made close acquaintanceships with porcupines, opossum, beautiful falcons, hawks and owls as well as innumerable birds, squirrels and ducks. I also got to see an albatross who had gotten blown inland during a storm. They never turn down a wounded animal and survive mainly on donations, which makes what they do even more admirable and amazing.

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The outreach work that they do, bringing "ambassador" animals to schools and organizations and sending out invitations when they release birds into the wild is a great way to teach the public about the importance of treating our wild animals and their habitats well.

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

Find a way to increase their funding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I used to volunteer at the Center For Wildlife when I was 16 years old. I would do whatever it is that they needed done. Cleaning cages, laundry, changing water, making food platters or feeding the birds or squirrels.
I no longer volunteer there, but my mother, Anita, is part of the staff. She takes care of a lot of their paper work involving animal admissions and donations.
The Center for Wildlife is an amazing non-profit organization that deserves more recognition and funding. The amount of effort the hard working employees and volunteers put into keeping the organization going is mind boggling. The biggest thing that I think the general public doesn't understand is just how much more to it there is than just making sure the animals are taken care of. The to-do list goes on and on! They also do educational shows for kids. The children get to see at least one animal, be involved with activities and conversations and they get to learn about why it is so important to have these animals around. The educational shows is a wonderful program.
It has been my pleasure to keep in contact with the CFW and occasionally help out at big events. They are a wonderful group of energetic people that are making a difference in the world of wild animals.

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The Center for Wildlife has saved the lives of some very important animals that live in New England. They help teach our community about how to care for the wildlife around them, the to do's and not to do's about wild animals and so much more. I have been taught so many things about how to be sure I do my part in keeping the wildlife wild.

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

There are a lot of things that could be improved upon at the Center for Wildlife, it's just a matter of finding the money to do so. Expanding the main building would be the biggest and most needed project. Right now it is a trailer and a half attached to each other, along with a couple other unattached buildings. I would love to see their office, treatment room and special care rooms all become a section of their own as opposed to all in the same sort of area, like they are now.

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Rating: 5 stars  

There is a very special place here in Southern Maine, the Center for Wildlife. With a humble existence, they take in and treat hundreds of animals that literally have no where else to go, as no other rehabilitation facility exists for our special wildlife. And somehow, as our local human population has expanded, so has the Center's work. There is a small committed team who run this place, but they also rely greatly on rotating volunteers. As the Internship Director and adjunct faculty for a local university, I have sent many students to the Center to complete their internship, and every one of them has had an extraordinary experience. Not only does the Center help imperiled wildlife, they serve the educational community, and the public at large. They teach interns and volunteers who then become wildlife stewards and educators themselves. Further, the Center for Wildlife reaches into the community to teach. Many times they have come to my environmental studies classrooms as guest speakers, and have provided thoughtful, and thought provoking lessons on co-existing with wildlife. I have come to rely on the Center for Wildlife, they are a unique place for the rehabilitation of diverse animals from owls and hawks to snakes and turtles, and a center for the education of our academic and at-large community.

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

Every student has had an extraordinary learning experience.

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

Encourage them to build another facility in Cumberland county.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was an intern at CFW a few summers ago, and one day I was sitting at the desk when a large, gruff, mechanic-type looking man came in. In his hands was a small washcloth, which he held out to me. Inside, was a nearly newborn mouse. Apparently the mice had nested inside his lawnmower, and he "didn't want to talk about" the rest of the story. He was close to tears. I think that moment really exemplified the importance of CFW to me. People want to be able to help wildlife and rarely have the means to do so. It's important for people to give back to wildlife, and it helps raise awareness, especially with regards to suffering turtle populations in the area. Everyone who works there is worth their weight in gold. I mean that, truly. It was a wonderful experience, they treat their interns and volunteers like family, and their role in the community is so important.

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

My own life. CFW was just one stepping stone of many to get me to where I want to be.

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

Give them more money! They deserve every cent.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We work with the Center For Wildlife year round. They bring their rehabilitated wildlife to our site to provide education programs. The programs are wonderfully popular with the live animals and then visitors are able to explore those animals habitats on our trail system. We are beginning a new K-2 program this week in collaboration with CFW that does just that: view the live animals, then explore their habitats. Our partnership with Center for Wildlife had added another dimension to our programs.

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

Participating in multiple programs and feeling the awe of seeing wild animals up close.

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

Provide more funding so they can increase their education programs with an emphasis on habitat stewardship in communities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My mom takes daily walks in the field and woods behind her house. This field and wood surround a natural pond where there are many year-round wildlife residents. Canada geese are an almost permanent fixture there, whether overwintering or stopping by on their migration. One fall day, looking out toward the field getting ready for her daily walk, my mother noticed a Canada goose that had stayed in the same spot all morning while the others had not. She went to investigate. It turns out the goose had walked right into a rusty old metal foot trap that the farmer of that field must have left there for a fox or groundhog, but sure enough it had trapped this goose instead. My mom ran back to get a large basket, a towel, and something to pry the old rusty trap open. After successfully freeing the goose she waited for him to fly away. He didn't. He just sat down and hissed and hissed at her (his only defense). She bravely loaded him into the basket (he put up a very feeble fight) and decided to have him spend the night in the basket sheltered in the garage with food and water and if he hadn't regained his strength by morning, she knew just where to take him, the Center for Wildlife. Well, the next morning, the goose still would not stand up. So she called CFW and let them know what happened and they told her to bring the goose right in. The goose had some superficial wounds, was dehydrated and weak. Who knows how long he was stuck in that trap before my mother noticed him and took action. The staff at CFW cleaned and looked after his wounds, and monitored him for a few days while he hydrated and regained his strength. My mom called to check his status after a few days and the wonderful caring staff at CFW let her know that physically he was healed, but he was showing signs of depression. See, the staff educated us that geese mate for life, and mated pairs raise and protect their young together. They are very social creatures and family-oriented and they show signs of depression when they are all alone. They asked us if there was still a flock of Canada geese in the field or if they had already moved on without our little injured guy. We confirmed that they were still there. So, the staff allowed us to come pick the now healed Canada goose up, bring him back to the field and release him next to that flock, in hopes that he would be accepted. They were on the fence with releasing him back to where he was first endangered by the farmer's foot trap but the benefits of being with his flock again outweighed the chance that he would stumble into another trap. We got the large animal crate as close to the flock as we could without scaring them off and opened the door to the crate. The goose hesitated, then took a few steps out and off he flew toward the flock. There was much raucous honking as he flew over the flock. Suddenly 3 other geese took flight and joined him and they flew over the treeline together. I like to think that it was his family waiting for him to come back before continuing on their migration. The care and education the CFW staff provided regarding this Canada goose, not only helped to him heal but made that homecoming and family reunion possible. They are amazing.

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

Cape Neddick, ME

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

I wouldn't change a thing

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have attended CFW's presentations featuring their non-releasable wild animals. I also follow their facebook page. CFW consistently presents pictures, stories, and most impotantly, education regarding wild animals of the New England area. Their staff is so knowledgable and the compassion they have for the critters is palpable right from the FB page! I carry gloves, blanket and supplies in my car in the case of wild animal emergency. I know that if I call CFW, they will assist me in the animal's rescue.

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

My own city, where I know that animals will be out hunting on the roads at night. I will drive with this in mind!

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

contribute more money and supplies! They are doing the most wonderful compassionate work on behalf of animals, with the goal of release into the wild.

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