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March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

My first experience with Carol Chrysong and Lucky Duck Rescue was a few months ago when I was asked to participate in a duck rescue at a local water/debris basin. The basin was being drained and cleaned in preparation for the coming winter storms. Unfortunately, someone had abandoned a large group of domestic ducks at the basin, and as the water level dropped, the ducks were in increasing danger of being killed by coyotes and losing their habitat and food source.

On the day of the rescue, Carol arrived in a pick-up truck, wearing rubber boots, and armed with a plan to save the ducks. She had us set up a fenced pen and spread us out along the banks to help guide the ducks to their temporary holding pen. She then placed one of the ducks she had brought from her Lucky Duck Sanctuary in the pen to act as a beacon for the abandoned ducks. That duck understood his role and immediately began calling out to the ducks in the basin. The abandoned ducks quickly took interest in the new duck and with the addition of a little feed dropped along the path, the ducks were soon waddling along headed to the pen. Within 5 minutes all the ducks were safely inside the pen and a cheer went up among the volunteers who had showed up to help out that day! Carol then transferred the ducks into individual travel containers and they were off to their new life at Lucky Duck Rescue and Sanctuary.

A few days later I contacted Carol to discuss a story I was writing for the local paper about the rescue. In the course of the conversation she invited my 10 year son and myself to come visit her facilities. My son had participated in the duck rescue at the debris basin and had become fascinated with the creatures.

That weekend we paid a visit to the Sanctuary and were absolutely in awe at what she is doing there. She has about 90 ducks & geese all separated into housing that keeps rival duck groups separate. There are ducks swimming in kiddie pools, there are ducks strolling with their mates, there's even an old basset hound that watches over the ducks and welcomes visitors to the facility.

I really can not comprehend how Carol is able to pull this enormous effort off all on her own. She has dedicated her life to these animals, she has a natural ability to understand their needs. She is also a great teacher as she spent time with my son explaining the different kinds of ducks and the story behind how they came to her sanctuary.

Carol is a very special lady and a I am so glad that I got the chance to meet her. My son & I look forward to our next visit to Lucky Duck Rescue and we have a new found respect for these amazing birds.

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seeing the happy health ducks at her facility, and knowing that Carol is working to protect these creatures every day.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to find funds and volunteers to help Carol operate this facility.

March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

I have been in support of this non profit duck rescue for 3 years. Being the first in Southern California to have an opporating domestic duck rescue on the internet, I am amazed at the care and well being of the ducks living there. The first time I was on the property, there were a little more than 60 ducks. Now, there are over 100 ducks that are being cared for by the rescue's founder, Carol Chrysong. Being semi-retired, this sanctuary has become a place of relaxation and joyful observation of these fun creatures.

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I have been at the rescue when families come to visit ducks they have brought to the rescue, unable to care for them themselves. I have seen the looks on their faces when they find their duck in good health, looking happy in their new environment with new friends.

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I have spoken to Carol about her immediate needs for the rescue. She has told me that because the rescue has grown so quickly, bigger pens are desperately needed for safety from night-time predators as well as the over-mating that occurs during mating season, which is now here. If, I could, I would help get these pens built. As it is, I will continue to donate what I am able to.

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

My son needed service hours for Scouts and we heard about Lucky Duck Rescue from our homeowners association. What Carol has done to save these animals is amazing. She's turned her yard into a multi-space haven for injured and abandoned ducks. The more vulnerable ducks are housed in areas where they will not be harassed by stronger ducks but most are free in large outdoor areas. There are lots of pools and shady areas. It's fun watching them root for worms when the pools are emptied. The property is in a semi-rural area and Carol needs more secured areas to keep the ducks safe at night from coyotes and foxes, which roam the neighborhood looking for easy prey. She has done a great job rescuing many ducks that were raised as school projects, then abandoned when the year is over. Her next mission is to educate the schools that raising animals without permanent homes is a really, really bad idea. I have a lot of admiration for Carol. I hope she is able to raise more funds to keep her Foundation going and improving. She's made a big difference.

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Carol goes out and rescue's ducks that have been abandoned in local canyons. These ducks are bred for food and cannot fly as their bodies are large but their wings are small. I've seen her care for ducks that were previously kept in horrific conditions and sufered permanent injuries. She keeps them is special areas where they will not be stressed by the other ducks. Every one of them get time in the pool even if she has to put them in because they cannot walk well.

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

Help her build stronger enclosures to protect the ducks from scavengers. She would like to build an aviary so the birds can get out and exercise. Carol runs the organization very well. She just needs more help to continue to improve the conditions.

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Thoroughly scrub all pools and water buckets. Also remove old bedding and replenish with new bedding in all pens.