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August 31, 2011

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August 31, 2011

I have worked with Wildlife Haven for 25 years. In that time I have seen the organization grow from an in-home operation to a 10 acre facility with an education area, clinic, intern housing, office and director's residence.

The first year saw 10 animals cared for. Last year we admitted
over 600 and 77% of those were released back into their natural world for a second chance at life. The animals are given the best possible care - high quality diets specific to their species, clean conditions to live in while they are at the center, and caring people who do their best to keep them wild and give them the optimal chance at survival upon release.

In addition to the rehabilitation work, Wildlife Haven does a large amount of work via the telephone and internet. We receive calls and emails from all over Ohio and the surrounding states. These people are usually seeking help for an animal they have found and they are given basic instructions to keep the animal safe until it can be gotten to Wildlife Haven or to a rehabilitator in their area that we refer them to. Many callers seek solutions to wildlife problems or simply want natural history information. A huge amount of aid to wildlife is accomplised in this way!

Wildlife Haven used to do a lot of off-site education programs but at their new site they have a public display area with some permanent residents for people to view and learn about - owls, hawks, a crow, vulture, fox and bobcat. Due to the workload and the ability for folks to learn on-site, we rarely do off-site programs anymore. (Plus there is a great nature center just 5 miles down the road!)

Wildlife Haven provides a valuable resource to both the people and the wildlife of north central Ohio and beyond!

The Great!

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

seeing all the animals that are released back into the wild, and all the people who get answers to their questions and learn new things about nature.

Ways to make it better...

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

have a few more dependable long-term volunteers!

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