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May 10, 2010

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May 10, 2010

My brother lives in Twin Peaks, my Grandparents lived in Cedar Glen, I have gone past Wildhaven for years on the way to Hook Creek, never knowing that the ranch even existed. We went on a Saturday when they had just opened due to snow on the road. I was blown away by the facility, Diane and her Husband are unbelievable people. The are taking care of the animals that us human have humanized making them not able to be released back into nature. If I lived in the mountains I would be volunteering at this facility. The birds that I was able to see up front and close was amazing to me. I am not working at this time, but when I do find a job I will be donating money to this fantastic operation. It is a MUST go if you are visiting the mountains. Thank you Diane for all you do.

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

Educating people not to humanize animals!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 1, 2010

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May 1, 2010

I have always been an animal lover and when I retired I was lucky enough to become involved with this organization. It gives me a great deal of satisfaction to help in any way I can to improve their lives. The work that is being done here is amazing. A lot of time, money and effort is given by the director of this organization as well as all the volunteers.

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

They would be able to enlarge and upgrade the existing enclosures as well as build new ones. They would be able to purchase food and supplies and pay for all other expenses without having to worry about grants and donations.

Ways to make it better...

I was able to spend more time volunteering.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 30, 2010

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April 30, 2010

I have been a volunteer for this organization for about a year and a half. In that time I have been able to experience many things that I feel very fortunate to have been a part of. Sometimes, I help shovel snow or clean animal enclosure, which isn't always fun, but they are things that need to be done to keep the facility functioning. Other times I get to give some of the animals attention, which is for their enrichment, as well as mine. One of the animals I enjoy spending time with is Wiley the coyote. I take him on walks and help show him when the public is on site for a tour. He loves to get out of his enclosure and I feel very privileged to be able to spend time with him. The ranch is located in a beautiful mountain setting and the tireless administrative staff does a great job keeping the facility running smoothly. Of course, they can't do it all, and that is where the many volunteers come into play. I am proud to be one of those volunteers. Thank you for reading. Rodney Ninow

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

Build larger and new enclosures for their many permanent resident animals. Rebuild the eagle flight cage that collapsed during a recent snow storm. Pave the driveway and parking lot for better access to the staff and public. And many more things.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 30, 2010

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April 30, 2010

I have been a volunteer at Wildhaven Ranch (San Bernardino Mountain Wildlife Society) for more than three years. In this time I have had the opportunity to work with most of the animals on site, this includes permanent residents and future rehab animals. When I went through the initial training I was told that it is a privilege to work with the animals...they were right. Every day I spend with the raccoon's or the foxes or the great horned owl makes me realize how lucky I am to be able to be so close to these wonderful creatures! Spending time with all of them heals my soul and reminds me what really is important in this world! Like any small/big facility it suffers from growing pains. The need for qualified employees, a steady cash flow. That way the founders could just spend time taking care of the administration of the property. Instead of being stretched so thin, ending up being responsible for so many different jobs! I think that the land that has been purchased for Wildhaven has benefits far beyond the obvious. Their presence means there are 35 acres that won't be developed in future years. That is a huge thing in So. California. It means that not only are we trying to protect the natural wildlife of the San Bernardino Mountains but that we are protecting the habitat these animals need to live. WHR is a very

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

my ability to handle wild animals.

Ways to make it better...

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

be more diligent with handler teams to help provide better consistency for the animals .

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

the other volunteers and the animals.

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

wonderful to work with.

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

improve the animal enclosures. Hire trained, responsible staff and improve facility structures i.e. class rooms, rehab enclosures.

Ways to make it better...

I had more "on the job" training.

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

keeping good volunteers and money.

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

this facility does offer the chance to work with wildlife in a way not found at other facilities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

April 29, 2010

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April 29, 2010

"Bears With Us" a bear education program I developed and direct has become my mission. As a bear advocate I give presentations at schools and community events. I respond to bear nuisance calls, evaluate the problem, educate the homeowners and have hazed bears back into the forest - emphasizing "A Fed Bear is a Dead Bear." In 2003, two day old bear cubs, Quincy and Woodie, ignited my passion for bears. Sadly, both died, leaving me with my commitment that through education our mountain residents could co-exist and live in harmony with bears. My continual education consists of attending bear symposiums, visiting renowned wildlife biologists, bear trainers, anything - Bear. I have been a caregiver to Little Bear and Snickers since 2005. They teach me on a daily basis! Native American legend believes bears are head of the Animal Council because of their strength, courage and fairness. These are attributes I endeavor to achieve. The bears have given me purpose and renew my life.

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

Being able to make a positive impact on a captive bears quality of life. Being an educator and hearing positive feedback from the public. An example, "My granddaughter saw you at her school and told me to call you about a problem bear."

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 29, 2010

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April 29, 2010

I have been a volunteer at Wild Haven Ranch AKA San Bernardino Mountain Wildlife Society for about 3 years. I feel like I am giving back to the Earth when I work with Wild Haven. As two leggeds we take more than our share and wildlife suffers. If we can save and give back wildlife then we are helping to preserve the Earth. As for my life personally; I feel as if my life has been healed and maybe saved. I started nearly full time volunteering while I was on disability from my job. I was very depressed and full of anxiety about my job and life in general. Working with and for the animals made me feel whole again. I soon noticed how easy it was to be relaxed and at peace with myself and my world. After just a very short time I feel I received a lifetime of healing. I hope to be able to continue my work and keep giving back for years come. I have learned so much about animals that I am now considering a change in career to be able to work full time with animals and help even more. I love talking to others and teaching them about the animals and the forest we share with them. We spend much of our time educating others to live in harmony with our Earth. I thank you for your time. Aiyana

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

healing and releasing animals back into their homes.

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

how I feel at the end of a hard day of work at Wild Haven Ranch.

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

kind considerate and ready to help and share their experience and knowledge with me.

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

have a state of the art facility with employees to help with the volunteers so that we might spread out and touch more lives both animal and human.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 29, 2010

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April 29, 2010

I've been with Wildhaven Ranch as a volunteer since it's beginning. One of the important works the ranch does is informing/teaching the public about our wildlife and how to live with them. In my neighborhood, church, and different groups they know I work at the ranch and often ask my advice. It is so fulfilling to see rehab animals return to the forest AND the 'educational' cuties are so wonderful to be with. They are so beautiful. In fact just the other day I reported a dead bird to the local West Nile Research Ctr. If it wasn't for Wildhaven I wouldn't know where 'to go' Wildhaven really makes a difference to our community. It is a wonderful place. Thanks to Diane & Roger Williams

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

getting so close to the beautiful wildlife animals.

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

amazing. All want to help the innocent, helpless animals. With SO much abuse to animals, just caring for a few is so rewarding.

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

expand & care for more animals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 28, 2010

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April 28, 2010

I first heard of Wildhaven Ranch, which is under the umbrella of The San Bernardino Mountains Wildlife Society, about 3 years ago. I saw a story about their first two bears and became interested in volunteering. I emailed back and forth with the Executive Director, Diane Dragotto Williams for some time before I finally made the long trek up the mountain to the facility. Now I make that trek almost on a weekly basis! I took the Wildlife Care Provider class and began helping clean and feed some of the resident animals. As we have all heard th saying

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

that I have been blessed with being allowed to interact with the educational animals ranging from foxes, raccoons, coyotes and the bears!

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

kind, compassionate and caring!

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

build a sanctuary for orphaned and rehabbed bears! Larger, more well equipped enclosres for the other animals. And it could build a building where I could spend the night and not sleep on a couch when I visit up there!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 28, 2010

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April 28, 2010

I have been a volunteer at Wildhaven Ranch for almost 4 years. I started out as a Wildlife Care Provider which means feeding dead rodents to animals and cleaning up poop and a lot more. I still do all of that but have taken advanced courses in Wildlife rescue and care and have been a Bird of Prey handler for over 2 years. Every bit of the cleaning and feeding and hard work is more than worth standing a foot from a magnificent eagle and seeing the colors and configuration of their feathers. To have a raccoon digging through your pockets. To hold a beautiful hawk or owl on my fist and have children ooh and ahh because they have never seen one so close is the most wonderful experience imaginable. Aside from all that the ultimate is to see an injured or orphaned animal released back into the wild. A few hours with the animals at Wildhaven make all the problems and pressures of life bearable.

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

Being with wild animals. Seeing the progress a sickly or injured animal makes under our care.

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

For the most wonderful and very dedicated people. Those who are not do not stay long.

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

Build additional enclosures, repair damages from weather. Staff more educational programs, send more people to training classes, purchase medical equipment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 27, 2010

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April 27, 2010

I am grateful to the San Bernardino Mountains Wildlife Society which operates Wildhaven Ranch as a wildlife rehabilitation center and education center for the public, and to its founder, Diane Dragotto Williams, for allowing me to be a part of it. Wildhaven, as it is lovingly called, is for me a family affair. It began when I acceped a position on the Board of Directors in 2005. My love for this facility immediately grew by leaps and bounds. It spilled over to my grandson, daughter, and husband, and we have been involved ever since. Wildhaven is also an affair with the local community. People who live in our beautiful mountains appreciate the habitat Wildhaven Ranch provides for our indigenous animal population, both for those who are successfully released back into our forest and for those who find a sanctuary for a safe but dignified and fulfilling life. People who live here appreciate the opportunity to volunteer and experience (up close and personal) the true beauty of nature and its inhabitants. It is personally gratifying for me when I see Roger Williams tirelessly and patiently working with the youth who volunteer, and with Eagle Scouts as they complete their projects. I know these young people are experiencing a life-changing event. My family and I look forward to continuing our love affair with Wildhaven, its special caretakers, and its endearing animal population.

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

the enduring commitment and passion.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Help clean wildlife enclosures, teach an educational program, prep for wildlife food in kitchen, maintain Ranch property, build cages, plant trees, help with erosion control, answer phones, greet guests, give tours, man our shop, fish for trout, feed wildlife, go to schools, raise funds, attend events, hand out literature