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February 1, 2012

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February 1, 2012

Volunteering at Yggdrasil has been an amazing experience. Through them, I’ve had experiences that no other wildlife rescue organization has provided- raising baby squirrels and then releasing them into the wild, going on rescue calls (like a baby fox that was found in an elementary school parking lot), socializing with an educational opossum, and being involved in post-mortem diagnostics, to name just a few things. Lila, the director, is an amazing woman with an incredible wealth of knowledge about everything wildlife- physiology, behavior, medical care, how to keep wild animals out of your attic/basement/kitchen… every question I’ve ever asked her has been met with a thorough answer. Even when I’ve bombarded her with question after question her patience never wavers! In all the wildlife volunteering I’ve ever done in my life (and it’s been a lot), she has what few wildlife rehabbers tend to possess… people skills. She even helped my friend in Oregon who was concerned about a wild squirrel with mange frequenting her apartment dumpster.

The other volunteers I’ve met through YUWR are also incredible… not only do you have the opportunity to do lots of hands-on procedures and learn a ton about our wildlife neighbors, the people involved with this organization are top-notch as well.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 1, 2012

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February 1, 2012

YGGDRASIL Urban Wildlife Rescue helps rehabilitate and release animals injured or caught in an urban environment. It is a crucial program for any urban area. The volunteers involved with the rescue have hearts of gold and I am happy to have helped YGGDRASIL in the past.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

January 31, 2012

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January 31, 2012

besides getting to develope a lost and natural sence of connectedness to the natural world, and being part of a community of great people. I felt a sence of fullilment to be of service to our wild creature friends and commrads, for everything we have, from our basic necessities to our riches, come from the natural world and we must praise anyone who will stuart our woods creatures. volunteering at YUWR brought back the joys of being close to our great wild life friends accompanying us in our urban and sometimes alienating habitat.

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

many ways

Ways to make it better...

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

get more vvolunteers, and more funding. make it bigger and bigger

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

have regular gatherings

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

many ways, but mainly helped me remember to stop and pay attention to our wild life commrads

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

like everything is interconnected

January 31, 2012

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January 31, 2012

I am a second-year veterinary student, hoping to get into wildlife medicine and/or shelter medicine. When I first started as a wildlife rehab intern with YUWR, I had no clear goal in life. I was starting college again after dropping out a couple of years earlier. I knew I liked animals, and that was it. Working at YUWR helped me see how happy I was treating wildlife, how rewarding it was for me and for the animals alike. Moreover, Lila was a patient and knowledgeable teacher and caretaker for us all. I learned about wildlife in urban, suburban, rural, and even clinical settings. It was a great period of my life and 5 years later, I'm still very appreciative for a fun and educational experience they gave me.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

January 31, 2012

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January 31, 2012

I began working with Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue last spring after attending a training to foster orphaned squirrels. It was truly an amazing experience caring for the squirrels from bottle feeding, to building an outdoor play area, to setting them free. They still come by often to say hello and get some nuts we have left out for them. We look forward to a repeat of the experience this spring.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

January 31, 2012

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January 31, 2012

I am pleased to know and be involved with the Yggdrasil Rescue. The dedication from Lila, Megan and the volunteers to save wildlife is amazing. It takes an enormous amount of time and effort to nurse these beautiful creatures back to health so they can be released to their natural habitat. Not only do they care for the injured, sick and orphaned wildlife, they also educate the public on how to co habitate with wildlife. This organization is extremely important in saving wildlife as well as nature.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 previous review
June 18, 2010

Lila has a way with urban wildlife that is a rare gift and underrated. I have watched her coax into her arm a newly found injured, scared and angry squirrel, who willingly hid inside her shirt for com... more

January 31, 2012

Lila has a way with urban wildlife that is a rare gift and underrated. I have watched her coax into her arm a newly found injured, scared and angry squirrel, who willingly hid inside her shirt for comfort . This organization is the *real deal*: it saves countless orphan urban wildlife, educates the public in how to coexist with urban wildlife and provides assistance at no charge when needed. Unlike other non-profits that spend hundreds or thousands of dollars in marketing, YGGDRASIL works quietly under the radar doing truly remarkable work. Because of this organization, our society is more humane and compassionate towards those that have no voice.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 18, 2010

Lila has a way with urban wildlife that is a rare gift and underrated. I have watched her coax into her arm a newly found injured, scared and angry squirrel, who willingly hid inside her shirt for comfort . This organization is the *real deal*: it saves countless orphan urban wildlife, educates the public in how to coexist with urban wildlife and provides assistance at no charge when needed. Unlike other non-profits that spend hundreds or thousands of dollars in marketing, YGGDRASIL works quietly under the radar doing truly remarkable work. Because of this organization, our society is more humane and compassionate towards those that have no voice.

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

Treatment and rehabilitation of animals.

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

Lila's vast knowledge in dealing with urban wildlife and her ability to communicate about it in simple terms.

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

Dedicated

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

Get a larger facility with more cages and an onsite clinic for the injured animals.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 23, 2010
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October 23, 2010
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To the Landlord; Do you seriously think these folks do not wish to be RID of you as much as you, (yes we get it) wish to be rid of them? The issues you bring up here are nothing short of a child's temper tantrum and have nothing what-so-ever to do with whether or not the group is doing good work, which is the point of this forum. And which they NO QUESTION, are!! I am familiar with the location and can assure you the 30k Retaining Wall was not solely because of the Center. It also does nothing but add to the value of your property and is a tax deduction for you as a homeowner, certainly not a LOSS to you in any way. While your generosity and selfless act of low rent has without doubt benefitted the Center, it tends to take a back seat to your relentless pursuit to now leave all of them homeless. Personally it sounds like a terrible place to house a disabled, elderly person, being that it is located on that Hillside you spent so much money on. It is certainly YOUR right to take back your house, but you have NO right to whine about it here. I happen to know they are doing everything in their power to relocate. I'm sorry for the loss of your husband and that you are left to raise your children alone, but again......the Center is raising 100's of Orphan children, all created by the same God, and all in desperate need of help. Why can't you be satisfied with having ultimate power and knowing you'll get your way, soon enough.....and stop making daily life more painful for those struggling to find a new home. To Lila et all, Prayers and continued HOPE that somehow, someway....you're allowed to carry on the invaluable work you all do! GOD BLESS THE BEASTS AND THE CHILDREN!

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

Saving the World, Four legs at a time!

Ways to make it better...

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

Have given them a KINDER living situation

June 24, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 24, 2010

I found YUWR via the Internet after finding an orphaned baby squirrel on a Sunday evening. I took the baby to Lila that night and was so impressed with her caring demeaner and vast knowledge. Soon after our first meeting, I took her class on fostering baby squirrels and became a volunteer that same day. I continue to be impressed by Lila. She LITERALLY is available all hours of the day or night and always makes me feel appreciated for what I do to help.

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

being educated about urban wildlife, caring for small mammals and watching them grow into beautiful mature creatures who are released to live a full life that they wouldn't have had if YUWR didn't exist.

Ways to make it better...

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

Want them to have a larger facility with more supplies and donations

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

Learning about and caring for baby squirrels. Also working with Lila.

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

extremely dedicated and caring

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

Locate to a bigger and better suited facility, perhaps expand further towards the tri-valley and pay Lila a salary

Ways to make it better...

there were more financial and supply support.

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

keeping enough food, supplies available. Also the size of the facility, we need more room..

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

This organization is needed. Lila has given so much to and through YUWR and we can't let it go away. Please help us save YUWR!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 24, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 24, 2010

I first met Lila Travis at the Yggdrasil Urban WIldlife Rescue when I found an orphaned baby skunk along with his dead sibling on an off-ramp of Hwy 13. When I brought the skunk to their facillty I saw the great work they were doing and seeing the need for volunteers, I immediately signed up. I'm so grateful for the experience of helping to raise these small orphaned babies - squirrels, raccoons, fawns, etc. I am also completely impressed with the work that is done by the staff and on-site volunteers at YUWR. The dedication, compassion and hard work that comes from their director, Lila is amazing beyond compare. YUWR was started by her because there was no other a facility of it's kind in Oakland. Since the city of Oakland is full of wildlife and so close to many acres of wilderness I am surprised that a facility like this hasn't been around for many, many years. I often wonder what kind of help the wildlife has had in years past. A very grim thought indeed. There is definitely a need for YUWR to exist in this city and they truly deserve the much needed funding and support.

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

helping animals in need

Ways to make it better...

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

like to see YUWR in a new facility with more funding and financial support.

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

is being able to help in a situation that is so much in need of our support. We humans are encroaching on their territories and the least we can do is to help them when they're sick, dying, injured or orphaned.

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

enthusiastic and passionate of their work.

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

do amazing things! It could grow to become more of fully functioning facility with a wildcare vet clinic, a full staff of workers, research, training, educaton and fundraising staff.

Ways to make it better...

there were more people aware of the need to help wildlife in this area and more people aware of YUWR and willing to help with their cause.

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

financing, funding and finding a bigger and better facility.

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

Thanks Lila, and keep up the great work!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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