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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Education, Educational Services, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Public & Societal Benefit, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Our Mission: To heal the sick and injured/orphaned animals brought to us and ready them for release back into our Urban Wilds. To educate people of all ages in the wonder and enjoyment of wildlife and nature and why it is so vital we protect it. To teach patience and compassion so that urban wildlife is viewed in a more positive light by everyone- not as pests, but as important co-habitators of our environment. When an injured or orphaned wildlife mammal is found, we nurse these animals back to a healthy state where they are able to be released back into the wild. Through education to children and adults alike, we try to raise awareness of these wild residents of our cities in the hope that a better co-habitation will lead to less injuries/orphans and more enjoyment of the urban wildlife with which we share our cities.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

wonderful wonderful group, full service care for our local wild orphaned sick injured and elderly mammals and so much more!!! as a animal control officer I could not expect better assistance from any other wildlife group around ! thank you Yggdrasil , you are my hero!

Leslie B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

YUWR has been a tremendous help to threatened wildlife in Oakland and surrounding areas. If not for this center, thousands of urban wild mammals would have not had a chance in the world. I have always felt that if humanity is going to encroach upon wild habitats, then society has a moral obligation to take responsibility for damage done. YUWR and its tireless director, Lila Talcott Travis, was the only shelter that stepped into the large void in Oakland and we need to support them so the good work continues in the future. Without YUWR, there is literally no hope for wildlife in this area.

Matthew12

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Yggdrasil, with Lila Travis at the helm, provides a great service to the community, both for people and for the wildlife sharing the urban environment. If you have discovered any problem with wildlife in the city, Yggdrasil is the place to call.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

10 sqrrlady

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been the raccoon team leader for YUWR for 4 years. In the past 10 years, I've volunteered with 3 different wildlife centers, and I like YUWR the best by far. Because it's a small center and most of the animal care is foster care, we can be very flexible and very specific in our support of each animal we look after. There's room in the organization for all kinds of people, with all kinds of talents and abilities. Lila, the Director of YUWR, is one of the kindest, gentlest and smartest women I know, and never stops working for the animals. I love working with Lila because of her intelligence, flexibility and good nature, as well as the wonderful way she has of making everyone feel appreciated for the work they do. I love working with YUWR because I feel so privileged to work closely with wildlife, and to have the freedom to do everything I can to improve the foster care experience for both the animals and the volunteers. I can't recommend YUWR more highly!

Review from Guidestar