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June 21, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 21, 2010

It was always my dream to work with wildlife -- and to help with the integration between people and wildlife that is increasingly necessary as our urban areas encroach upon wildlife habitat. Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue trained me to work with orphaned and injured raccoons such that they can be re-released back into the wild. Throughout my work with YUWR over the past four years, I have been impressed with the incredible dedication and commitment that the director, Lila Travers, has shown in her care for wild creatures and for educating the public. It is not only a matter of knowing and sharing her knowledge on how care for these animals, she also works tirelessly to raise funds and, procure donations of food, medicine, and veterinary care. This organization has touched the lives of countless people and wild creatures, and I pray that it can continue to do so.

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

...seeing beautiful creatures who have been unfortunate enough to meet with a mishap be rehabilitated and released to live again in their natural environment.

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

...the high standards it brings to wildlife rehabilitation.

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

...professional, dedicated, and committed to helping wildlife.

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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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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 personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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

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

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

The first time I walked into Yggdrasil, it saddened me to see a squirrel missing an eye because somebody found him injured and kept him at home without getting the eye treated. There were opossums and fawns that had been orphaned or injured by cars. It was uplifting to provide them care and comfort. Without Yggdrasil, there would be no one to help these animals.

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

There are no other wildlife rescues in Oakland/Berkeley. Hopefully, with their ongoing education efforts, there will be fewer animals suffering due to humans reacting inappropriately to wildlife emergencies.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 31, 2012

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1 previous review
June 18, 2010

I've been a volunteer at the Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue charity for over four years It has been an educational and rewarding experience for me. I highly recommend that others volunteer or donate ... more

January 31, 2012

YUWR does great work saving the lives of wildlife among us. Many people are probably unaware of the fact that although we live in a highly urbanized area we nevertheless share this with all kinds of wildlife. YUWR helps save the lives of this wildlife. I consider their work to be humane to the utmost in our environment.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 18, 2010

I've been a volunteer at the Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue charity for over four years It has been an educational and rewarding experience for me. I highly recommend that others volunteer or donate to the organization.

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

Yggdrasil has saved countless lives of injured and orphaned wildlife. I have seen this and grown to appreciate the need for this kind of care-giving.

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

Help in ways that would expand the facilities for Yggdrasil. More money for larger hospitals and more land upon which animals can be re-acclimated to their natural habitats in the Bay Area.

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

My personal growth as a person, especially my decation and my sympathy and help for injured and homeless wildlife.

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

Very kind and cooperative. They come from all ages and we share an empathy for the mission we all share.

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

Buy a much bigger hospital with more people specificall trained in the care 0f injured wildlife. More land on which to build re-acclimation facilities. More community outreach. Expanded seminars and classes for school children.

Ways to make it better...

The facilities weren't so crowded. The intake of animals is overwhelming and require a great deal of attention.

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

Growth. More volunteers are always welcome but a bigger revue source from donations and grants would greatly help to acquire better facilities.

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

Yggdrasil has been a life-changing experience for me. I believe it will be for others, too. They're in dire need of funds to continue their mission. Yggdrasil is a Bay Area wildlife resuce organization unlike any other.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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