Center For Wildlife, Inc.

Rating: 4.98 stars   54 reviews

Issues: Animals

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
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Center for Wildlife (CFW) provides a unique, priceless service to the inhabitants of Maine and coastal New Hampshire. Care for the animals is not limited to direct interaction with injured wildlife. Rather, CFW helps to prevent the injuries in the first place through programs and events aimed at increasing public awareness and stewardship. I have volunteered at open house events for several years. Each year, CFW and their partners have evolved, learning from the past failures and successes, embracing this knowledge to better hone their services. Should the Center ever fail to exist, it would leave a void in these communities, a void that would impact young and old, as well as the wildlife.

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

animal releases, open house events, partner organization events

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

Like to see continued development of the Center to see its continued success

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Rating: 5 stars  

Last summer I was an intern at the Center for Wildlife. The internship ended in September and I've been a volunteer since. It is absolutely amazing the work and care that goes into helping each and every animal that passes through the door which is well above the thousands by now. Most importantly, all wild animals are treated as such to give them the best possible chance of remaining wild. There have been many times in the 8 months I've been there that someone will bring us an injured animal and tell us it has been very good and still and sat in their lap and let them pet it the whole way there. Such a circumstance can be very frustrating for a rehabber to hear considering that WILD animals do not let people "pet" them and they are just too terrified or injured to attempt to defend themselves, after all they see humans as a predator. For example, a cottontail had arrived with a mom in a minivan with her children once. Cottontails are high stress animals as it is and you can imagine how terrified the animal must have been with all the noise and the young children touching him. Sadly the rabbit died within minutes of arrival, most likely from the stress. Rather than getting upset or assigning blame in situations like these, the staff members are exceptionally patient and courteous with the public and take the time to explain to them what to do differently should a similar situation arise again. They are professional and excellent at what they do. Providing examinations, food, clean cages and medicine and as stress-free an environment as possible to the animals while receiving no state/federal funding. I am proud to volunteer there and I love doing it. You never know what you'll be asked to do, feed baby birds, clean a cage, weigh an animal, make platters, etc... There is always so much to be done! It's all worth it when you see the animal get to go back to it's natural home. Last summer we released four broad winged hawks atop Mount A and it was truly an indescribable feeling to watch the birds we received as fledglings take majestic laps around the mountain, finally well and free.

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

first hand experience. I work with other volunteers and staff members roughly ten hours a week. During the summer it was about 35 hours a week. It is truly an amazing experience.

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

Expand outreach past Maine! When I speak of my internship at UNH, most people have not even heard of the Center!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've led vernal pool walks and helped with the CFW's open house events. They perform a marvelous service for both the injured wildlife they rehabiliate and the community in terms of their environmental education programs. The looks of wonder and excitement on the faces of small children and their parents when on a CFW "Owl Prowl" or amphibian "Big Night" give a sense of how crucial the CFW's mission is, and what an impact it has in raising awareness about nature and the mounting threats to the environment. The CFW is the last resort for thousands of injured wildlife in this large region; they offer a "second lease on life" for many animals, including many endangered species in southern Maine. They are a very committed & talented staff, working all hours, and with a small budget, doing crucial work that balances animal and human needs. In that sense I think they are a model organization, well worth your support.

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

the satisfaction that comes with returning a successfully rehabilitated endangered turtle to the wild, or opening a child's and adult's eyes to the wonders of the natural world in our backyards--

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

increase efforts to build an endowment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Center for Wildlife is a unique and wonderful place in the state of Maine. Fifteen years ago I found some baby squirrels in my yard. The mother was dead. What to do? I found out about the Center and quickly brought the squirrels there. They were nurtured until they were old enough to be released. The expert care and genuine compassion for all animals that come through there is remarkable. They treat a field mouse with as much care as they do an eagle. The center has provided educational programs. They bring bats and snakes, owls and turtles. This service helps educate young children the importance of bats. I have been volunteering there since I discovered them so long ago. The quality of my life has improved because of my association with them. I have an increased awareness of wildlife and feel secure knowing that there is a place to take our injured animals in the area. Please consider The Center for Wildlife. Thank you, Hanna Frank

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

The organization has a good reputation in the area. People are confident that the animals that are taken there will get the best medical care.

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

I would like to see a bigger treatment room.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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The center is amazing, all the staff and volunteers are so dedicated and willing to help new volunteers learn. The lengths they all go to treat and rescue every single little animal that comes to the center is incredible. Its so nice to have a place to bring injured or abandoned animals that not many people would consider worth saving.

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

It is so rewarding to see animals being released into the wild after being treated at the center. I fostered baby squirrels, and once they were old enough, they were slowly introduced into the wild. It is such a great feeling to know that you helped an animal have a better chance at life, no matter how small the animal is. Even if the animals cannot be saved, at least there are people who care enough to try.

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

Everyone at the center does such a wonderful job, I wish they had more funding to be able to take in more animals and have more room for them.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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!

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

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

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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  

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.

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

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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