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Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary

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Causes: Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: The mission of Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary is to: provide care and treatment to sick, injured or orphaned wild animal; rehabilitate them back to their wild state so they can be returned to their natural habitat, actively educate the public to care and support for the ecosystems and the environment in which they share with wildlife, and; to protect and preserve our native lands.

Results: Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary (ARWS) is a wildlife rehabilitation center that provides care to orphaned or injured wildlife. ARWS is licensed by the state of New Jersey to care for fawns, raccoon, skunks, opossums, squirrels, rabbits, woodchucks and other small mammals. The Sanctuary is an all-volunteer 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Warren County on a 120 acre preserved farm and is entirely supported by public donations.

Target demographics: wildlfie of NJ

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 1000 animals

Geographic areas served: Newton New Jersey, cover Warren and Sussex County

Programs: conservation, aniam husbandy, wildlife habitate and rehabilitation

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Antler Ridge for the past 3 years and love every minute I get to help the animals. It is so rewarding to see a young animal come in and get the care it needs to be released back into the wild. I have always loved helping animals and here at Antler Ridge I get a chance to make a difference. I'm so glad I am part of this extraordinary organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The volunteers are filled with energy, enthusiasm, humor and compassion. The sanctuary provides care for so many critters, with the help of the volunteers and Dr. Karen. Any donations made to this organization are put to good use.

1 Laurie V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing animal sanctuary run by caring volunteers. There is no other nonprofit organization like Antler Ridge in the area and to get the opportunity to volunteer with this organization is a true gift.

1 darbyk

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary is run by people who are caring and committed to the welfare of animals in need. I'm proud to be a volunteer at ARWS and enjoy working there each week to help the animals. ARWS has a great relationship with the community which has come to respect and depend on Antler Ridge as a safe refuge for sick or injured animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary for nearly seven years and I am constantly impressed by the individualized care and compassion the animals receive. All of the creatures at our facility are afforded the best treatment by a dedicated staff of volunteers and apprentices,
veterinarian Dr Karen, and most notably Kelly, our hands-on director. All of the animals that find themselves at Antler Ridge are given a second chance at life to live free and healthy as the wild beings they are!
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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A dear friend of mine volunteers at Antler Ridge (AR). It has been through her work there that I have developed a greater awareness and appreciation of my surroundings since I live in rural Sussex County. AR is a wonderful place for abandoned or injured animal wildlife like squirrels, opposums, bats that are well taken care of from as young as new borns to adults and released to their natural habitat when appropriate. I have had opportunities to see the volunteers in action caring for their "charges".. The volunteers are experienced in animal care and handling, and/or animal housing maintenance. The love they have for these animals is evidenced by the excellent work they clearly do. Also, they routinely educate the public in the ways of care for the surrounding wood lands shared with these critters.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

You don't need to travel to Orlando to find the Magic Kingdom - it's right here in New Jersey at Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary. This is a place of magic and miracles supported by amazing dedicated volunteers with a mission to serve the area wildlife in peril due to injury or being orphaned. In addition it's an organization that partners within the community to support initiatives such as Project Self Sufficiency, environmental education seminars for the public, internship opportunities, nature programs for kids and work study for teens - and much more. Antler Ridge clearly deserves thumbs-up recognition on the list of GreatNonprofits!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My friends volunteer at Antler Ridge. Their dedication is only matched by how hard they work , how tired I see them, and how much they care about the "critters" to whom they give such great care.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Each time I have needed help with an injured animal , someone is right there to assist! I can see how much all are concerned and their knowledge and expertise is wonderful. It's a place I truly would like to volunteer and I'd better get to that!! Thanks Antler Ridge folks!

2 Amy_251

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary and know they are one of the best non-profit organizations. Totally professional, excellent care for the animals, great people. Top-notch all the way.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I started five years ago as a volunteer, and I'm still loving my experience there. It gives you a great feeling of satisfaction knowing that you are helping to rehabilitate orphaned and injured animals back into the wild. I received the training I needed to feel confident working with the animals, yet it is a constant learning experience. Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary provides a great service to the community, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.

Gerri Conarello

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Antler ridge has given me so much experience with the animals. I enjoy going every week and always look forward to next time. Everyone is so sweet and nice to you and will help you understand and successfully get the job done by taking care of animals and never leaving one out! I am happy and proud to be apart of such a good place who really cares for animals and others.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Antler-Ridge was a great experience for me personally. I loved the hands-on work with the animals and enjoyed meeting all of the interns/volunteers. It was hard to leave because everyone felt like family to me! Kelly was incredibly wonderful and knows how to run a fantastic sanctuary!

1 Sara132

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary for the past few years and currently an Apprentice working to attain a Wildlife Rehabilitator Licence. The support to achieve this goal has been top notch with Kelly Simonetti and Dr. Karen Dashfield DVM providing education and guidance to allow me to succede. The care administered to the animals to allow them to return to the wild is a prime objective which Antler Ridge strongly adhears to.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I, along with my daughters who are 13 and 15 years old, have been volunteering at Antler Ridge for 3 years. It's a very magical, loving place and we feel very fortunate to be able to be a part of such a wonderful organization! I have seen animals come in with wounds that I did not think would be able to be "fixed" but through the love and dedication and experience of Kelly, Dr. Karen and volunteers, these animals are properly nursed back to health and SURVIVE and then when they are strong and healthy are released back into their natural environment. It’s an amazing thing to witness and experience. I’m grateful that my daughters are able to experience it as well!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Antler Ridge is incredible! Injured and abandoned animals are individually cared for with such love and gentleness. They are then returned to their natural habitat as soon as they are able to care for themselves. Those who cannot survive on their own continue to receive care. Hats off to Kelly, Dr. Karen and all the volunteers at Antler Ridge for the wonderful job you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary is known as "the angels on the hill", and this could not be more true! ALL animals, large or small, are treated with the utmost care, respect, and genuine compassion by an extremely knowledgable staff and caring volunteer network. After experiencing the sanctuary firsthand, I knew I had to become part of the magic and am now an 8-year volunteer!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have met some truly wonderful people at Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary. People who truly care about helping wounded or orphaned wildlife and donate their time and funds in the service of God's creatures.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have just completed my 4th year volunteering at Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary (AWRS). My work there has sparked my interest in all areas of wildlife and AWRS has opened up many educational opportunities in this area. I have watched and participated in the rehabilitation and release of local mammals and marveled at the care they receive while at AWRS. In addition, Kelly (licensed rehabilitator) reaches out to many other local organizations (ie, scouts), spearheads conservation projects and helps raise awareness of wildlife. It is the best volunteer experience I've ever had.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer at Antler Ridge and I cannot say enough great things about Kelly and her tireless efforts to help wildlife and also her community. The volunteers work hard and foster an atmosphere of genuine caring and concern for all of the animals in their care as well as one another.