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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Rescue/rehabilitate/release wild animals

Programs: Animal rehabilitation and care of over 300 animals

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jennifer C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sierra Wildlife Rescue came to my property, after I called on a Redtail Hawk that seemed grounded and injured. They were able to catch the bird safely and take it in for assessment. My 4 year old son and I were able to be apart of the rescue, it was very inspiring. The volunteer from Sierra Wildlife Rescue said they would bring the hawk back to our property, after is was healed, where it would be released back into the wild.
Unfortunately, the hawk was not able to fully recover from the sustained injury. SWR sent us a picture of our hawk and a note letting us know that although it is unable to return to the wild, it is safe and well cared for living at a facility where it is used for educational purposes.
I was very happy that there was an organization whom I could call to save this Redtail Hawk. Thank you so much SWR,

Client Served

Rating: 5

Living in a small town next to a scenic river opens your life up to a menagerie of wild critters. I personally have used Sierra Wild Life Rescue three times with great results. One was: "What to do with an injured young deer at three am on a Sunday morning?" Two was: "Help there is a baby opossum making a home in my coffee beans!" (I own the local bakery/coffee shop). Three was: Ben, a small mallard that I feed bread to on walks with my dogs. Ben took on something that wanted to snack on him and the out come was a foot that needed to be amputated. Ben is back good as new, minus a flipper, and happily being a duck in his pound. Thank you Sierra Wild Life Rescue!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have utilized Sierra Wildlife Rescue on many occasions. From finding small birds that have fallen out of their nests, injured geese, and most recent a baby squirrel that had been brought to my front door by one of my cats - which was unhurt. I have been very impressed with everyone that I have been involved with and as an animal lover I appreciate everyone's committment to this program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A young bird literally dropped from the sky in front of me and looked to be in serious distress -- actually, it looked dead. But I noticed that it was still breathing, so I lifted it carefully and laid gently in a shoebox. Now what? I don't know anything about birds! I called a friend who recommended Sierra Wildlife Rescue as a resource for help. I called them on a weekend -- They were open -- I jumped in the car (now known as the bird ambulance) and drove right to their doorstep. I rushed my little feathered friend into the building where I was greeted by extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, and cheerful volunteers who gently examined the bird, assessed its injuries, and began medical treatment. They saw all sorts of things that I was unaware of, not having been trained to do such work. They were so calm and took the time to explain the type and age of the bird, the extent of the injuries, what they thought had probably happened (a hawk had attacked it, was the common wisdom) and the care it would receive. I was amazed. I was so grateful! Here I had an injured bird and no way to know how to care for it -- But these folks sure did! My frustration and helplessness melted away -- this little bird was in good hands; he had a fighting chance! What a gift that was!
I was then asked to fill out a form regarding the circumstances of my finding the bird. Ok, I thought, here it comes, they're going to get my address and pester me for donations right? HA! Nothing could be further from the truth! They wanted my address so that when the little bird had recuperated, a volunteer could drive 20+ miles back down to where I lived to release him in his familiar habitat. Now, THAT'S commitment! I was so inspired that I made a donation right on the spot. I wanted to help these people who did such amazing work to preserve the wildlife in my area.
I am so THANKFUL that there is a resource in my area that would take care of an injured creature -- I was so RELIEVED that I had an option other than to keep the bird in the shoebox where it surely would have died -- I am so AWESTRUCK that this group of truly dedicated volunteers have made a such a difference by their work to rescue and rehabilitate animals, and to educate the public about respecting and understanding wildlife in our area.
Support for Sierra Wildlife Rescue is well deserved. Their services are invaluable to all who are concerned about, and committed to, the health and welfare of wildlife in our midst. They work miracles - believe it -- a little bird taught me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have never met an organization so dedicated to what they do. SWR volunteers are always happy and willing to come to the aid of injured animals, no matter the time of day or night. And their classes and trainings are informative. Most importantly, the work they do to aid teh recovery of sick and injured wildlife is invaluable.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sierra Wildlife Rescue (SWR) has been a visible and extremely beneficial presence in El Dorado County for many years. Their large, dedicated group of volunteers staff the office as well as the baby bird nursery during season, and individual volunteers offer their time and expertise year-round to rescue and rehab large and small creatures that, through no fault of their own, become injured on the busy roadways, run afoul of the ever encroaching human populace, become victims of cruelty, lose their mother or simply have an accident like the many baby birds that fall out of their nest before they are able to fly. Our wildlife represents an irreplaceable natural resource that SWR helps to protect.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sierra Wildlife Rescue responded when we found a bird on our property with a broken wing. We were told how to put it in a small cardboard box on a piece of flannel, to protect it from the neighborhood cats till it was picked up; we had locked our cat in the house. When we had a family of foxes under our deck, after the initial amazement of watching their antics and interaction for several weeks, we wanted to encourage them to move on. We talked with the "fox" expert, who passed along some ideas for getting them to re-locate. Since it had been six weeks, and she could tell by our descriptions of their coloring about how old they were, it seemed no harm would come if they found a new home, away from our cat and relieving us from the odor of baby turkeys killed with remains under the deck that had been baby fox meals. It is nice to know this organization is just a phone call away!

Claire S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last Spring on a Sunday afternoon I found 3 baby skunks in my back yard. After many hours the Mom had not appeared. I didn't know who to call on to help those babies and just googled for wildlife rescue in my community and Sierra Wildlife popped up. I called the phone number listed and my call was promptly returned. Within a hour or so 2 volunteers came to my home with a humane trap and guidance as to how the 3 of us could safely secure the tiny skunks. The volunteers returned for at least 4 more visits that week to assist me. The babies were then taken to a volunteer skunk specialist for rehab untill they were old enough to be relased into the wild. I was a bit stressed about the little ones until they were secured but the volunteers were calm and reassuring and walked me thru this new experience, coming out on a Sunday and many times thereafter. The wilds are a better place because of this team of dedicated peolpe.

Mary S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My five year old son and I found a very small and weak baby bird while on a walk. It looked as though a predator had gotten to its nest and from the remains it did not look like the mother survived. My son became very upset and wanted to help. Looking at the condition of the little bird I did not think it could survive but we brought the little guy home anyway. I called SWR right away and they sprung into action! They gave us solid instruction on what to do and were willing to take our patient into their baby bird nursery. My son was worried about leaving the baby bird but the staff at SWR (mostly all volunteer) were warm and caring with him. they explained to him how they would take care of our friend and even gave my son a tour of the facilities, answering all his questions. The impact this made with him was just amazing. They even told us we could call and check up on the baby and check his progress. Our little guy made it and was released back into the wild but I am sure he would not have had a happy ending to his story if not for SWR. I appreciate so much the help they gave not just to a needy little bird but also to a little five year old boy who with SWR's help now knows he can make a difference.