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Review for YGGDRASIL URBAN WILDLIFE RESCUE, Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Role:  Volunteer & I volunteered at the facility and continue to help raise squirrels and raccoons n my home.