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April 7, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 7, 2010

this is a top notch group with the utmost in professionalism and honesty. i use them on a regular basis and have the highest degree in confidence in whatever the outcome may be is none other than what was ment to be.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the education that is provided as well seeing a completly rehabed animal released back to the ecosystem.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 7, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 7, 2010

The facilities are well maintained, clean and very spacious. Donna is easy to contact and work as well as very experienced with the wildlife she works with.

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

the success and healthy recovery of her rehabilitation of wildlife.

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

not be as successful as Donna is. She has great patience and ability to provide the necessary care to the animals.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

able to see the results of their work with the wildlife from start to finish.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very caring and always easy to work with. They share their knowledge with you as well as keep you informed about the process they go through. They are always willing to bend over backwards to help.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide more care for more animals without having to turn any away. More animals would have a chance at being rehabilited to be release back into the wild.

Ways to make it better...

If my wife and I had more of our time to donate to their cause.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

is the funding necessary to support all they do.

One thing I'd also say is that...

they have done an outstanding job with the resources they were able to come up and provide the necessary time it takes to do this right.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 7, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 7, 2010

Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is the only such facility in our area. Donna and Ralph have done an amazing job in creating and expanding this Center, despite the fact that they both have to work full-time jobs. They are both the kindest, friendliest people to work with! As a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for small mammals and small songbirds working out of my own home, I've had occasion to take them animals for whom I don't have suitable pre-release caging, and--conversely--they've referred animals to me that I specialize in. One of the things I love most about Donna is the follow-up reports I get on animals I've taken to her--they never just "fall off the radar screen"!!! Donna and Phil are doing a fabulous job for distressed wildlife and the public and absolutely deserve and need support to keep on doing this work, which our area so desperately needs!

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

the expansion and ever improving housing they've managed to build despite all odds, in the countless successful releases of rehabilitated animals and the excellent educational articles Donna writes for our local newspaper.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the kindness and friendliness of Donna and Ralph, and their passion for the work they do to help wildlife! They never seem to lose heart, no matter how difficult it is to find funding and support.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 7, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 7, 2010

I have known about the Ellicott Wildlife Rehab Center for about 10 years now and they have become the guardians of critters in need out in the eastern plains of Colorado. Donna and Phil are two of the most amazing people and Colorado Springs is grateful to have them. I have called them for help with everything from bunnies to bats and they always open their hearts and home.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing...it warms the heart to know there are people like Donna and Phil out there.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 7, 2010

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April 7, 2010

It's Sunday morning and we find a sick rabbit under our truck. We don't know how to care for a wild rabbit nor do we want to watch it die. I remember that one of my co-workers helped with a program to transport injured wildlife. I gave her a call and within minutes she arrived and took my injured bunny out to Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. The bunny survived!! Donna kept in touch with us and even sent pictures. My bunny went on to have more bunnies. Happy ending!! As Donna told me they are not saving a species but helping people like me that care and want to help but don't know how. With cities and towns encroaching on our wildlife we are seeing more and more injured animals. I'm very thankful we have people like Donna and Phil.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

offer more school programs and care for more injured wildlife-not only from Colorado but from other states.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

April 6, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 6, 2010

EWRC is staffed by two of the kindest people I have ever met, Donna and Phil. They have a success rate with injured animals that surpasses the standard. I have seen them work with all types of animals from foxes to hawks. They give of themselves and their home. The lower level of their home acts as a dispensary, surgery, feeding station, and nursery. They work full-time jobs and take care of all the animals too. Please consider giving to their organization.

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

EWRC has one of the best recovery rates for injured wildlife in Colorado.

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

I couldn't do the job that Donna and Phil do.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have had the honor of releasing animals back to the wild.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff and volunteers are some of the hardest working people I have ever met.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a permanent education facility and triage center.

Ways to make it better...

I can't imagine a better experience.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Caring for wildlife is expensive; it's a full-time job with no constant stream of financial support.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have enjoyed every minute of my working with the EWRC.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 6, 2010

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April 6, 2010

When my daughters were ages 6 and 11, a wildlife rehabilitator came to school and talked about what she did with wildlife. That was the beginning of an adventure that has made a significant impact on our family. Because of this visit we became involved with the wildlife of Colorado and Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (EWRC)in a variety of ways; helping to build enclosures for rehabbing wildlife, transporting sick/injured wildlife, helping with fundraising for this donation based rehab center, etc. Donna and Phil allowed our young girls to share in these experiences and because of that they have grown up to respect both the wildlife in the wild and the sacrifices Donna and Phil have made for the wildlife in need of help. EWRCs dedication to wildlife for over 10 years, the time and money they continue to give, and the education they have given to our family, and well as many other groups, should be recognized. EWRC does a tremendous job with the wildlife of Colorado, and with their continued educational opportunities we all have imporved lives!

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

There is nothing more rewarding than watching three orphaned baby owls you picked up and took to EWRC being released back into the wild when they were able to survive on their own. It's proof that one person can make a difference!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their total dedication seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

How about 10 thousand bucks? How about 10 bucks? At EWRC every dollar donated makes a difference. The more money, the more difference they could make!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 5, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 5, 2010

I will admit, I am biased! As the founder and president of EWRC, I will say that watching the organization grow from one room in a condo to currently one of the largest facilities in the State has been a rewarding experience. EWRC is an all-volunteer org and funded by no agency, relying on donations and small grants to provide services benefiting people, agencies, and critters throughout Colorado. In spite of challenges including the collapsed economy and limited resources, we continue to experience growth in all program areas. The committment of our volunteers and supporters makes the release of native wildlife back to nature happen. With help, we will continue serving the people of Colorado and helping to preserve one of our greatest natural resources, our wildlife.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Helping native migratory birds, mammals, and reptiles, and helping the people who care about them. Helping foster an appreciation and respect for all living creatures. Visiting schools, nature centers, etc. and the happy faces and excellent questions!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

EWRC staff are the rehabbers, veterinarians and staff, wildlife transporters, youth groups and interns, retirees, homemakers, and of course, us working people! Very dedicated, hard-working, and caring group of volunteers!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build the only facility of its kind in Colorado--a model facility in which to continue caring for wildlife in distress,provide a Learning and Visitor Center, a wildlife medical ward, and intern quarters.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 5, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 5, 2010

Ellicott Wildlife is completely and totally operated and funded by donations. There are no state funds for helping injured or sick wildlife in Colorado, so individuals pick up this gigantic task. They do everything from feeding baby birds to getting coyotes repaired by volunteer veterinarians and then keeping them "wild" until they can be released into the wild again. They are wonderful.

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

The high number of injured and sick wildlife that are returned whole and healthy to the wild.

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

Try to do half of what they do.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their extreme dedication and quality of care they provide to wild animals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely professional and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do more education, build a great facility for treatment, even hire a couple of paid employees!

Ways to make it better...

Every animal could have lived:(

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The high number of animals that are brought to them and the constant need for funds for food and care.

One thing I'd also say is that...

If anyone if deserving, they are.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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