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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Wildlife Sanctuaries

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

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Giles C.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

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Candice C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

very fulfiling to work the love to help the animals and make a difference

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Erin B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the Center for Wildlife for almost three years now and it has been the most rewarding experience I've ever had. Everyone at CFW has been so nice to me and extremely helpful, not to mention the hardest workers I've ever met. Every day they put in 150% to help injured wildlife recuperate and eventually return to the wild if possible. This organization deserves recognition for the amazing work they do with what little money and resources they have. I have seen animals brought back from the brink of death and later released in perfect health, and it's so amazing to watch and be a part of. I only wish there were more resources available to CFW to build more enclosures and hire more help because of the number of animals that come in (over 1600 animals every year!) CFW also provides educational outreach to the community using the ambassador animals that are non-releasable. Children and adults alike love seeing the live animal presentations and learning about wildlife. OK I know this is a long review but I could go on for hours about CFW and I hope to continue volunteering there for many years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently started working here at the Center for Wildlife and I immediately fell in love with the place and the animals. While working here one is able to obtain hands-on work with wildlife and help them make a full recovery. I have learned a lot in only a short amount of time. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. I never feel uncomfortable asking a question because I know I will be met with a charismatic and intelligent answer. The people that work here love their job and you can see that when you watch them work with the animals. The animals here receive the best and compassionate care. This is a great place to volunteer and hopefully the Center will be around for a very long time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found the Center for Wildlife when I encountered an injured bird that needed help. When I brought the bird to the center I filled out a brief form which included a check if I wanted to learn whether my bird survived and when it would be released. My bird did not survive, but I always felt grateful that I'd found CFW to give the poor thing a chance.

Some years later I wanted to visit CFW to see if I could help in any way. That very day I began as a volunteer. As a teacher I could only volunteer during summer, but that is when the need for volunteers is the greatest.

My first summers were occupied by learning how to care for every kind of bird from the tiniest to large birds of prey. I also helped with turtles and small mammals in the most rewarding situations I'd ever experienced.

Over time however I discovered my greatest talent and interest was working with and caring for baby songbirds, seabirds, woodpeckers, etc. I was in awe of how quickly a tiny featherless creature could eat, grow, explore and exercise their wings indoors; and eventually fly in the outside enclosures. And most exciting of all when the bird began to feed itself...be released again into the wild where they belonged!The work I did with the wildlife, other volunteers and staff at the Center for Wildlife makes me proud to this day because I know I made a difference.

I didn't begin the journey with CFW until I was 55 years old. I was privileged to see a small organization of dedicated naturalists expand, improve, and grow to build the extraordinary rehab facility it is today. I volunteered every summer until my joints and muscles began to fail me. I still miss the privilege of being so close to all the birds, mammals and reptiles that the Center for Wildlife offered me. The passion I felt about my work with CFW spread to all of the children and families that passed though my classroom door over all those years as well. I am forever grateful for CFW because it opened my mind to how fragile all living things are, and that we can each make a difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center for wildlife gives wild birds and animals that are injured a chance to survive. As a volunteer, I feel privileged to assist the dedicated staff members in rehabilitating injured wildlife. We have had the honor of helping bald eagles, osprey, peregrine falcons, various species of hawks, songbirds, opossum, porcupines, and many squirrels. The center offers help for animals that would otherwise die in the wild, whether it be by the side of the road after being struck by a car, attacked by a domestic animal, or just found injured in the forest. The staff is an extremely dedicated, intelligent group that had opportunities to continue their work in corporate America, but chose instead to help our planet.
I have volunteered at the CFW for 5 years and feel honored to be able to have the opportunity.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have wanted to volunteer at CFW for two years, and the minute I turned seventeen, I applied and began to volunteer there. I have also formed a student organization at my high school to fundraise and raise awareness for the center and wildlife. I have had an amazing experience at CFW. From the first day i arrived for orientation and was taught how to clean turtles and make "opossum platters", I felt welcomed and supported by the people who work there and the atmosphere of the place. Take a long, winding, bumpy road past horses and goats, pass a lake on your left, and halfway up the side of a mountain sits the well hidden right turn marked with a painted wooden sign. Here is where I feel at home. The animals are taken care of with unmatched care and compassion. Staff conduct fundraisers and find ways to get the high quality technology, medicine, and foods that actually make a difference in these animals lives. In a world that is being degraded by the ease of consumerism and technology, it is reassuring to see a place that is entirely devoted to rescuing and reversing our negative effects as humans. I have seen so many barred owls come in to the center this winter after having been hit by cars, and each of them is assessed carefully and thoroughly, and here, they are given the best care that they could possibly receive. The Center is brought over 1,600 animals annually, and volunteers, interns, and a very few paid staff members are the heart of the organization. There isn't one person who makes it all happen: it is a passionate community working towards the same cause. And yes, it is hard sometimes. But it is the most meaningful cause I have ever come across, conducted in a beautiful and thorough way.

Thank you CFW.

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