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December 28, 2010

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December 28, 2010

I've been volunteering at Piedmont Wildlife Rehab for a few months now and am amazed at the work it takes to do this, not only feeding and housing sick, injured and orphaned wildlife until they can be released, but also the hours of clean up, medical attention etc., and all with very limited funds. The rehabbers are very knowledgeable and extremely dedicated to the point of working 18+ hour days when the bulk of the babies come in, which is Spring, Summer and Fall, with a few coming in the rest of the year. They always need donations of money, food, and volunteers since they are not sponsored and rely strictly on donations from the public. Please donate if you can and as often as you can to make sure this wonderful organization can continue it's work.

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

I've seen some of the animals that have been rescued and released.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get some organization to sponsor them so they can continue to do their work

December 11, 2010

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December 11, 2010

It's awesome to have someone in the community who loves all animals, who's willing to answer any question about wildlife. I so appreciate the work of Piedmont Wildlife Rehab! In an area that is rapidly losing wildlife habit and thus has increased orphaned birds, squirrels, opossums, etc., Piedmont Wildlife Rehab provides an indispensable service!

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

They helped me with sick wild house finches.

Ways to make it better...

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

Provide needed funding.

December 10, 2010

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December 10, 2010

I have always been interested in supporting and preserving local wildlife and habitat. I had been seeking a local organization to which I could donate my expertise as a graphic artist. I found Piedmont WIldlife Rehab, Inc. online.



I contacted the president via email and the rest is
history. Since then I've visited one of the places where animals are rehabilitated and have seen the care and attention they are given prior to release. PWR is a small group, but do double and triple the work of a group their size. My hope is that they can get more volunteers to help and more space for their "charges" as development in our area is an ever-increasing problem.



One thing that has really concerned me since beginning my relationship with PWR is the lack of concern, if you will, of local veterinarians to get involved with helping in the treatment of area wildlife. Most will allow drop-offs, but none will get licensed to treat them. Quite a few treat exotic pets, so it shouldn't be much of a stretch. PWR has one vet that will treat their groundhogs, but it's quite a drive from PWR's facility. Rehabbers do wonderful work but there are times when vets may need to intervene.

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

seeing how the animals are cared for.

Ways to make it better...

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

try and get more volunteers and space for the animals.

December 9, 2010

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December 9, 2010

Every where you see a new highway, a new shopping center, or a new development being built where there used to be trees and fields, wildlife have been displaced. Native animals are forced to move in search of food, water, and habitat. In the process, many are orphaned, injured, and hungry.

Piedmont Wildlife Rehab is a small but dedicated group of volunteers who take injured and orphaned wildlife into their homes. The two groundhogs they've raised from infants, Hansel and Gretel, have made huge contributions as educational ambassadors in local schools, scout troops, and community events. Hansel and Gretel represent the hundreds of animals and birds that would have died without PWR volunteers and caring Guilford County residents who bring in animals they've found.

PWR has no government-funded wildlife center, no tax dollars, and no paid staff. Yet they are providing a valuable service for Guilford County, our state, and our environment. Saving wildlife today will help sustain our native species of squirrels, groundhogs, opossums, songbirds, and migratory birds. Without their help, these species could soon be on the road to extinction.

And without our help, Piedmont Wildlife Rehab will not be able to rescue the inevitable injured and orphaned baby birds this spring. It's that simple. They are giving everything they can. They can't save our species without our financial support.

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

Meeting Hansel and Gretel, which was a tangible reminder that living creatures are in need of our help. This is not an abstract need in a corporate office thousands of miles away. These animals are found in Guilford County yards and parks, on sidewalks and parking lots.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find a full-time person to lead the development and fundraising efforts so the rehabbers would have more time and money to take in more animals.

April 28, 2010

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April 28, 2010

Me and my daughter, Emily, helped Melissa with some volunteer work last summer by coming on occasion to help her clean cages and feed baby birds. It is amazing to learn about all the different needs of the wildlife and see how they all get cared for differently in the wild. As a teacher, I wish this is something that could be shared more with our youth. My daughter learned so much. It was hard to see how much Melissa has to do on her own. This organization could really benefit from some constant funding and reliable volunteers. Melissa even donated some pigeons to my daughter and set us up with some donations to help get them a cage built. The experience for my daughter has been amazing. Since then, she has hatched two batches of baby pigeons. I would love to see something positive happen to make her life easier and some of the other ladies who commit so much of themselves to the cause. There are several I do not know personally such as Sue who work very hard as well. I would also like to see these ladies receive more respect and support from our local veterinarians. An outreach program or regular commitment from some of them would be priceless. Also, if they could open their minds to the fact that many of these volunteers could actually teach them a few things about wildlife. Melissa and so many others are a real treasure to have in our community!! The only reason I gave them four stars instead of five is because they don't have everything they need. With proper funds and equipment, they could do so much more. They do an amazing job with what they have to work with.

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

seeing animals I have brought to them rehabilitated and released.

Ways to make it better...

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

like to see them have more funding and vet support.

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

learning about the animals and watching my daughter learn about the importance of wildlife and their role in life.

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

knowledgeable, kind and very giving people.

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

educate a multitude of people and help maintain a positive balance between society and wildlife.

Ways to make it better...

I could have helped more on a regular basis.

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

having enough volunteers, money and community support including that of our local vets.

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

the public needs to be more aware of who they are and what they do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 28, 2010

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April 28, 2010

Piedmont Wildlife Rehab, Inc. is a fantastic organization that provides rehabilitation for wounded or helpless wild animals. This organization also helps educate people about wildlife as well as the dangers of trying to take care of them on their own. It has been a great pleasure to work with Piedmont Wildlife and contribute my help as much as possible. More organizations like this need to exist because there are several animal lovers finding injured squirrels or abandoned baby opossums who have no idea what to do with them. This organization provides that help. Piedmont Wildlife Rehab, Inc. is a great organization with strong leadership and volunteers who really care.

The Great!

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

volunteer support. People really do care about the services of Piedmont Wildlife Rehab, Inc.

Ways to make it better...

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

change nothing. I have great respect for the determination and dedication of the leadership of this organization.

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

being able to care for wildlife.

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

very caring and ambitious

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

expand greatly and have a full staff for several years to come.

Ways to make it better...

Piedmont Wildlife Rehab, Inc. would have more donations. Fund raising is a very difficult objective.

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

raising donations for 24 hour a day care.

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

it is very important to have organizations such as these.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 27, 2010

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April 27, 2010

I helped feed and care for some of the animals on a couple of occasions. I was astonished at the hours Melissa had to put in, around the clock. She is very dedicated. Her comment to me was,

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

caring for the animals and learning from Melissa.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 23, 2010

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April 23, 2010

They work, work, WORK to help the critters that come their way. Folks want the animals helped; want them taken off their hands; but who wants to do the work? Who wants to pay for the help? No one....but these servants. They strive to help - even when they have no money (which is all the time), even when they are full, even when there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. You will find them still making a valiant effort to make a difference. Caring the way they do hurts. It's too bad we don't have more people who care the way they do. If others cared this much and worked this hard, a major difference would be made in this world! Passion. They have passion...

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

Very friendly, patient, and caring. Tender hearts...Frustrated that they can't do more...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 15, 2010

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April 15, 2010

We are homeschoolers, so when I contacted Melissa about donating a cage, I saw it as an opportunity for an educational field trip! Melissa was very willing to have us visit and learn about the animals she had at the time. She took the time to introduce us to several of the animals and tell us about her rehab work. She also shared how lack of funding may prevent her from continuing this much needed work. My son (10 years old at the time), was so touched by this that he decided to do a read-a-thon fundraiser, by himself, to raise money to help Melissa and the animals. Melissa is a very special person and she truly has a heart for these animals. She selflessly gives of her time to care for them.

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

kind, caring, patient, giving and helpful!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 14, 2010

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April 14, 2010

My experiemce with this organization is not as in depth as others but I know there are wonderful and caring people there...they are always there to help if you have a question or a problem...This is a fantastic organization..I contribute when I can...

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

save more wildlife and protect the innocent that depend on them to help and save...the possibilities of this organization is endless if the money is there

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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