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June 20, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 20, 2010

Yggdrasil Urban WIldlife Rescue has become an integral and necessary part of educating people as much as saving wildlife. I have known the director, LIla Travis, for many years and her unwavering dedication to saving animals in need combined with working to educate people about living with wildlife is unprecedented. The entire group of people; volunteers, donors, veterinary clinics, et al that are involved with YUWR are amazing. I believe to lose this valuable community service would be an absolute tragedy. Not only for the wildlife, but the people that are touched every day by something YUWR has been involved in (like perhaps that squirrel in your tree was an orphan and released by them). All of the animals that have to come to the facility are treated very very well. Giving them as much a chance as possible to return to a wild life. They are loved, cared for and not to mention completely adorable. The vast knowledge of critter habits, human cohabitation and general husbandry this organization has should be wholly supported in any way possible.

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

I have seen many animals returned to the wild, many people educated in how to live with urban wildlife and therefor saving both a lot of trouble and even had to call upon them in my own wildlife rescue needs.

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

their knowledgable dedication to animals and people.

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

Absolutely amazing. It is always hard to maintain volunteers, but the ones I have met have been dedicated and wonderful.

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

purchase an appropriate facility

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 20, 2010
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Review from Guidestar
June 20, 2010
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Yggdrasil trained me to raised orphaned baby squirrels. My childen (and myself!) learned a lot about urban wildlife in the process. The staff at Yggdrasil was OUTSTANDING. They even made a house a call at 9:00 pm on a Sunday night to deliver antibiotics to our house when one of the baby squirrel in our charge got sick.

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

the way they go above and beyond the call of duty when caring about the animals that land in their center. They are truly dedicated and inspiring individuals running the Yggdrasil center.

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2009

June 19, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 19, 2010

Ygdrasil may sound like a funny name, but the work they do is serious and amazing. They not only give injured and orphaned wildlife treatment that allows these animals to be released healthy, back to their natural environment, but also help people peacefully coexist with wildlife. YUWR helps people understand the seasonal causes of wildlife behaviors and how to address any problem behavior as an alternative to having wildlife trapped and killed. Ca law prohibits relocating trapped wildlife, so trappers kill animals that enter cage traps baited with cat food. Most importantly, trapping doesn't address the cause of the problem or prevent recurrence. YUWR does. It's impossible to remove all of the wildlife who's 2-5 mile home territory crosses your property. YUWR offers education and inexpensive effective DIY solutions. I give them 4 stars out of 4. The programs offered in schools that teach children about the animals we share our environment with are also excellent. I've heard reports from teachers that the kids couldn't talk about anything else for days.

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I am a professional in this field and am aware of the work YUWR does from personal observation, communications, conferences and reports from volunteers and the public. YUWR offers tremendous service with integrity to the public and wildlife.

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

the passion and integrity of the people that work here.

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

Hard working, expecting nothing in return but to help others.

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

change the world. People know very little about wildlife and the natural world around us. With a bit of education spread far and wide, we could all be better stewards of the environment, and make the world a better place for humans and wildlife.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 19, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 19, 2010

Yggdrasil review - June 2010 My admiration and appreciation for Yggdrasil goes beyond the few words I write here. Lila Travis (and Megan Isadore who works with their raccoons) do us all a great, under-appreciated service. Completely devoted to helping animals, they simultaneously help humans improve their relations with the smaller wild animals many of us leave near, but often take for granted in our increasingly urbanized and busy culture. Thanks to their volunteer (!) efforts, I've learned (their) wildlife work benefits not only the animals they help directly—i.e., saving their lives, usually after humans have killed their parents, either accidentally with cars or intentionally (and unnecessarily) by calling in old-fashioned "pest control" "experts." Their mission is a mix of direct, hands-on help, a community clearinghouse of rational information and, no less vital, their sharing, via their actions, a humane, ethical world view desperately needed in these times. This vision is of a future, like in humanity's relatively recent past, in which we live in greater harmony and appreciation of our wild animal neighbors. I say visit their websites and donate what you can—or even better, get personally involved, preferably with your family and/or kids, and have a blast!

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

Save Yggdrasil's Wildlife Center

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2010

June 19, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 19, 2010

I have been working with Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Center for many years through my employer Children’s Fairyland. We would often call the center when we had a sick or injured squirrel, raccoon, hummingbird, opossums or any of the other wild animals that call Fairyland home. They have been a tremendous help to us by providing information or assistance with all of our critters. It has been a great relief to know that whenever we need help or have a question, that they are just a phone call away. Yggdrasil has spent many hours caring for wildlife and giving us updates on the furry critters that we have become so attached an invested in. I believe in their mission so much that earlier this year I took my relationship with their organization a step further. Yggdrasil is an all volunteer non-profit cooperation that relies heavily on community support. After brining one of Fairylands abandoned baby squirrels to her, I ended up falling in love with some of her other orphaned babies. I decided to volunteer my time to work with their organization on a personal basis separate from my employer. I fostered several baby squirrels and I have to say that that experience has changed my life. I’ve also donated personal funds to their organization because I believe that it’s a valuable community resource and of extreme importance to the wildlife in the Bay Area. I can not express enough the amazing work that they do and how much I feel truly blessed to be apart of their organization.

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I've experienced their results both at work and on a personal basis. They've rehabilitated many of our injured wildlife at work and I've worked with the organization by volunteering my time to help them with their mission.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 19, 2010

I have researched/contacted many wildlife rescue centers across the country and chose YUWR as my only charity recipient. I like it because it's a small center without big sponsors. Lila the Director of YUWR and her team are such warmhearted, passionate animal lovers. I had chance to meet both Lila and her raccoon team leader Megan.I was so touched by their hard work and gentle souls............. They not only take care of needy wildlife, they make the small donors like me feel very special. They are deserving of more help from big organizations. Thanks to all you volunteers, our animal world is a more wonderful place.

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

helping orphan raccoons.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 18, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 18, 2010

Lila has devoted her life to saving all sorts of wildlife. She truly cares and has an extraordinary depth and breadth of knowledge. I'm a volunteer for her raccoon team, and I'd like to see her be able to expand her operation instead of having to close it. There are lots more animals who need to be saved, and Lila is a gift devoted to that cause.

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

being able to release healthy, capable, independent raccoons because of this organization.

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

get more funding for it so it can expand to help even more animals.

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

Seeing all the different kinds of animals we can and do save.

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

Amazing and totally devoted to the cause.

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

Save countless animals and do amazing public outreach to teach everyone about wildlife and avoid untold suffering.

Ways to make it better...

We had more volunteers and more funding.

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

Funding, which would provide for proper space for the animals.

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

This organization needs help urgently. The willingness and capability are there.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 18, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 18, 2010

Lila was great ! When we discovered a family of raccoons had set up housekeeping in our garage, she immediately referred us to nbcnbc, who gave us just the right advice on how to entice the mom and her babies to move out. It took overnight, but by the next morning they were gone. And it was all done in a way that was safe for us and safe for the raccoons.

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A great, fast response to an upsetting situation.

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2010

June 18, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 18, 2010

My husband and I found a baby squirrel in distress and were able to find Yggdrasill urban wildlife rescue on line we look the squirrel to the Montclair vet and she recovered I was so fascinated with what they were doing for animals I volunteered as a foster mom. I fostered 4 adorable squirrels and learned so much about or local wild life from Yggdrasil. It was a wonderful experience and I will gladly do it again. I’m so glad that in such an urban area there is someplace for the wild life that are so offend the ones trampled on and decimated to be cared for.

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

Education of the public

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

I would make the name more memorable and pronounceable I've tried to tell many people about and always falter on the name.

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

Learning about the wildlife and how to care for them. And fostering baby squirrels!

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

Very well educated and helpful though out the process always available if I had any questions or problems

Ways to make it better...

They had more space to work.

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

Money!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 18, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 18, 2010

I am President of Injured & Orphaned Wildlife(I.O.W.) based in Campbell, California we are a 501 (c) 3 Non=profit Incorporated in 1987. Before Yggdrrasil came into existence we received numerous calls from the Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda areas from people just frantic to find some help for this little bird or squirrel they had just found. There was no facility in that area except for a 40-45 minute drive. Some people brought their "finds" down to I.O.W. in Campbell. Others did not. When Yggdrasil was fformed I was elated and they have filled a much needed niche. It has always been a pleasure working with them and I hope our mutual cooperation and helping of wildlife continues for many years.

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

the number of animals released. The fact that Yggdrasil is highly thought of by other wildlife rehab. organizations for their compassion and dedication.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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