My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Lucky Duck Rescue & Sanctuary, Sun Valley, CA, USA
My first experience with Carol Chrysong and Lucky Duck Rescue was a few months ago when I was asked to participate in a duck rescue at a local water/debris basin. The basin was being drained and cleaned in preparation for the coming winter storms. Unfortunately, someone had abandoned a large group of domestic ducks at the basin, and as the water level dropped, the ducks were in increasing danger of being killed by coyotes and losing their habitat and food source.
On the day of the rescue, Carol arrived in a pick-up truck, wearing rubber boots, and armed with a plan to save the ducks. She had us set up a fenced pen and spread us out along the banks to help guide the ducks to their temporary holding pen. She then placed one of the ducks she had brought from her Lucky Duck Sanctuary in the pen to act as a beacon for the abandoned ducks. That duck understood his role and immediately began calling out to the ducks in the basin. The abandoned ducks quickly took interest in the new duck and with the addition of a little feed dropped along the path, the ducks were soon waddling along headed to the pen. Within 5 minutes all the ducks were safely inside the pen and a cheer went up among the volunteers who had showed up to help out that day! Carol then transferred the ducks into individual travel containers and they were off to their new life at Lucky Duck Rescue and Sanctuary.
A few days later I contacted Carol to discuss a story I was writing for the local paper about the rescue. In the course of the conversation she invited my 10 year son and myself to come visit her facilities. My son had participated in the duck rescue at the debris basin and had become fascinated with the creatures.
That weekend we paid a visit to the Sanctuary and were absolutely in awe at what she is doing there. She has about 90 ducks & geese all separated into housing that keeps rival duck groups separate. There are ducks swimming in kiddie pools, there are ducks strolling with their mates, there's even an old basset hound that watches over the ducks and welcomes visitors to the facility.
I really can not comprehend how Carol is able to pull this enormous effort off all on her own. She has dedicated her life to these animals, she has a natural ability to understand their needs. She is also a great teacher as she spent time with my son explaining the different kinds of ducks and the story behind how they came to her sanctuary.
Carol is a very special lady and a I am so glad that I got the chance to meet her. My son & I look forward to our next visit to Lucky Duck Rescue and we have a new found respect for these amazing birds.