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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

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first learned of the CFW from Facebook. I follow their link all the time. What an incredible organization. I have learned so much from following their posts. I have had to email and call them on a couple of occasions and both times they were just fantastic in being a resource and tool to help me do the right thing. Their immediate repsonse to my email the first time truly astounded me....I did not expect anyone to get back to me for quite some time....but I think it was within 30-60 minutes they emailed back. I couldnt believe it. I live in a very rural setting, and I can tell you that knowing who they are are, and what they do with a lot of wildlife around me. Thye truly make me feel that I am not alone if I find an injured bird or animal if I am at odds as to what to do. Expert advice is only a click or call away.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Kim B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center for Wildlife is an organization run entirely on private donations and serves the need of injured wildlife. If you have ever seen a wounded bird or turtle and wanted to help but did not know how, that is what the center for wildlife does. As humans encroach more on the habitat of wildlife we run the risk of injuring them. In most communities there is no place to take an injured wild animal and they are left by the side of the road to die. In York we have the Center for Wildlife. THe employees and volunteers are dedicated to rehabilitaing the animals and educationing the community to coexist with the wildlife in our backyard.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a board member of the York Land Trust and I have worked with the Center for Wildlife staff on preparing educational programs for the public. I have been very impressed by the staff's knowledge base and their willingness to work with other organizations. They bring valuable ideas to the meetings and are excellent collaborators. I have seen them share their excitement and understanding of animals with public school children. I have also attended their open house and was impressed with the facility and their focus on the well-being of the animals and birds in their care.

Review from Guidestar