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  

I brought CFW three baby squirrels whose mother had been killed. They took them in and one of their wonderful volunteers cared for them. CFW is such a wonderful organization. They are truly concerned about the wellbeing of the animals and most importantly provide all the care and attention they need in order to be returned to the wild where they belong. They also share their knowledge with the public with open houses, animal ambassadors and through the web (website, Facebook, etc). They are always trying to engage the community in activities and fundraisers to help them continue their mission of providing a safe, nurturing environment for the thousands of birds, animals and reptiles that need their assistance. Keep up the great work!

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

seeking assistance for orphaned squrriels (at no cost to me) and by attending their annual open house to learn about all they do at the CFW.

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

no recommendations at this time.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Center For Wildlife is an amazing place staffed by caring and talented individuals who demonstrate their love of wildlife every day. As a volunteer I have learned so much that I can pass on to others to increase awareness of our native animals, and the difficulties they face in their world. As a preschool teacher I feel that I am educating the future stewards of the earth to be more aware of the effects of our actions on wildlife and the environment.

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

I've had the experience of personally releasing some of the rehabilitated animals such as squirrels, ducks, songbirds, and a Barred owl. To see them healthy and free again is an awesome sight!

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

The CFW could do even more great work if they had a bigger facility.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The CFW really lives up to it's Mission Statement: "...to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick and injured wild animals, and educate the public about wildlife and the habitats they need to survive". I have seen the passion that the staff and volunteers put into their work - they are truly dedicated to helping wildlife return to thier natural habitat after illness or injury. I am most intrigued with the lengths they go to to rehabilitate an animal when others would have just given up. Putting screws into a turtles broken shell, and fixing a wing of an owl so it can once again fly are just two examples of the amazing work done there.

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

I first became aware of this organization when a friend of mine hit a turkey with her car, She took the bird to the CFW and within just a few weeks it was releazsed back into the field.

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

I would create a steady stream of funding for this agency to allow them to continue their work without financial worries.

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Rating: 4 stars  

York Center for Wildlife provides an important service in southern Maine, caring for and rehabilitating wildlife. They also have educational outreach programs which help children and adults gain a closer understanding and relationship with wildlife and nature.

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

Releasing rock doves in Prescott Park

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

Double the volunteers' salaries.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unsure

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

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?

more free muffins in the staff kitchen!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

super, thanks for asking.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer at The Center For Wildlife for over 5 years now. I love it there! The staff and other volunteers are so great and caring to all!!! It is a fun and loving environment. I have also had to bring injured animals in and they do everything the help save the animals that come in.

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

seeing and releasing wildlife back into the wild

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

the only change that I would is to change the building! we need a bigger place!

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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

yes, they have tought me almost everything to know about the local wildlife and how to help them, also how to teach the public about them as well.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

happy and wanting be there!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The CFW is an amazing organization-how they "do it" given the stresses involved I do not know; I first brought them an animal in 2006 and was so impressed with their dedication and persistence to the mission and although I'm not Bill Gates by any stretch of one's imagination I have since then donated thousands of dollars and continue to support them anyway I can. It's not often I back up such work with donations given the potential for scams but this outfit is the exception in a big way. They are worth EVRY DIME.

They are creative in their fundraising approaches and I support all of them. I am a random, periodic donor for special needs they have that blind-side them as well as joining their 5-year donor program in 2006; I am now in my second 5-year committment.

Anything anyone can do for the CFW will be money well spent.
Thank you.

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

Rescuing an injured animal I found in my yard in 2006.

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

Help them get bigger, better facilities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

i love this organization.

CFW is an incredible resource for our community and i feel great about supporting their important work. staff is always top notch, informative, and incredibly helpful when you find yourself with a critter in need of care. from mighty raptors to the tiniest of newborn mice — they're always willing to help.

in a world where we continually encroach on wildlife habitat, it's so comforting to know that there's a local organization that cares so deeply and works with such integrity to help injured or misplaced wildlife.

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

having brought a multitude of injured animals into CFW over the last 5 years. they've taken wonderful care of every critter and kept us abreast of their progress.

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

increase capacity. increase size of staff/volunteers.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I donate and will continue to donate to the Center for wildlife because of the exceptional work they do on rehabilitating birds and animals. To see all the successful rehabs and releases is quite extraordinary. The staff and the volunteers are all hero's in my eyes.

Bob Watson

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

Yes

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

Give them more money to help more projects

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Rating: 5 stars  

My first encounter with the Center for Wildlife was many years ago when a dear friends pet seagull was injured. Our friend (Polly) was paralyzed from the waist down and wheel chair bound. Polly lived alone directly on the ocean. She had befriended a seagull which she named Susie who came to her home every morning and tapped on the back door for breakfast. Sometimes she would come back later in the day knowing Polly would be happy to see her and give her a snack. One day Polly was visiting with us when her neighbor called and said that Susie was on the front lawn and hurt. Susie had a very large fish hook lodged in her wing. Somehow Susie knew that if she got to Polly she would help her. Polly and her neighbor brought Susie to the CFW where she was cared for until she was healed. Once healed Polly picked Susie up, brought her home and released her. Susie continued to come every morning until one day when there was no tap on the door. Polly got concerned and looked outside and saw Susie lying on the patio near the door.....Susie had died. Susie's death was devastating to Polly as she looked forward to their mornings together. Thanks to the great care given Susie by the CFW they spent many more mornings together than they would have. CFW didn't just save the life of an injured bird, they saved the life of one of Polly's best friends.

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

A tour of the facility and through the experience of others

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

Continue to grow and care for more wildlife.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I work at a Montessori school in the area, and we have both visited the Center for Wildlife and had them come to our school to give presentations. This is a wonderful service in teaching children to respect and care about the larger world, the wild animal world in particular. The Center staff brought in live animals for the children to see, thus providing concrete examples of what they're talking about. As an extension of their visit, we dissected the owl pellets the Center provided, further enhancing the learning experience. We are so grateful to have such an organization in southern Maine!

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

Outside of my role as teacher, I contacted the Center when a bird in our neighborhood got hung up on a telephone wire and the Center was involved in the "rescue." They informed me that they had to euthanize it because its bill was so badly damaged. Sad news to hear, but I felt grateful that there was an organization to help this bird who might otherwise have died a slow and painful death.

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

...make it more affordable to have them come in for a school visit. I don't consider this their "fault," however; it's just a wish.

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