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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Ellicott Wildlife Rehab. Center admits hundreds of sick, injured, and orphaned wild birds, including all raptors, and small and medium mammals. We accept animals from across the entire State of Colorado, including overflow from other wildlife rehabilitators and wildlife rehab centers. Demand for services from EWRC continues to grow as human/wildlife situations increase. We provide direct hands-on care to the animals, and take great care to ensure the animals are set up for sucess on their release back to nature. Train volunteers assist with wildlife transport. Veterinarians donate time and services to treat animals. Annually we have successfully rehabilitate and releasedapproximately 96% of our animals back to the wild for a second chance at life. We are an all-volunteer organization. Wildlife and environmental educational and outreach programs continue to grow and we promote responsible stewardship of our environment and the creatures we share it with, via educational programs in our community. We encourage care and respect of all animals.

Results: We continue to grow and in addition to our Ellicott facility, we now have facilities in Security, Black Forest, Colorado Springs, Larkspur, Castle Rock, and are in the process of obtaining a Pueblo-area facility. This helps us to better serve the State of Colorado while maintaining the very highest standards of animal care.

Geographic areas served: Colorado.

Programs: Wildlife rescue, wildlife rehabilitation, community education, internship, volunteering.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The wonderful people at Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center have helped many Great Horned Owls in the Colorado Springs area over the years. It's spring time, and once again - baby owl time. Please donate to this fabulous organization that help rehabilitate and release these beautiful creatures!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center from the time shortly after they began. They give 110% to wildlife. Decisions are always based on the welfare of the animals. I particularly admire the continued contact they have with people who find injured or orphaned wildlife. I feel comfortable telling people who have found an animal that EWRC will keep in touch with them about the animal. Seeing someone who has found an injured animal and had it taken to ELWC then getting to release that animal back into the wild is the most incredible experience I have ever had. They are absolutely wonderful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The EWRC is wonderful! No animal or bird is turned away. I found a bird with one leg and half his beak missing. Donna took him, told me that his beak will grow back and he will be just fine. She was right! Everytime I go out there they are making cages bigger and better for the birds they have. Nothing is greater than watching a recovered bird fly away. Donna is incredible!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely the greatest! I found a injured bird in my background, I didn't have any idea where to take him or how to help him. I found Donna's center and she gave me all the information to help this bird. After the vet visit, it went to the Ellicott center. Donna was so great she called me to tell me how the bird was doing. When I went out to the center, I saw a happy bird, his beak had grown back and his leg was fine. Because of my experience with Donna I started to volunteer for the DOW.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

These people are not only compassionate but knowledgeable in the help and rehabilitation of Colorado's unfortunate animals that come to them for whatever reason. The are truely dedicated and hopefully they will be able to continue the wonderful that they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. EWRC is one our areas long standing wildlife rehabiltators. Since Colorado Springs is growing so quickly wildlife has been put under extreme pressure to quickly adapt to our new city life style. Without the leadership of EWRC organization and selfless efforts of their caregivers many of the wildlife victims of this growth would have perished. EWRC's efforts have enabled the survivors to imprint new ways to adapt to their changing enviornment. This has enable a more harmonious change in the environment by allowing us to keep more of the wonders of naure while under going urban growth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a retired wildlife rehabilitator I can honestly say that the work Donna does is incredable, she works so hard for the wildlife brought into her care every year. In the last few years she has built an awesome rehabilation center and gained the respect of hundreds of people. I look forward to continuing the volunteer work and helping her in any way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that provides care to injured animals primarily for birds of prey. I have worked with them by providing volunteer injured animal transport both to and from the facility (via the Colorado Dept. of Wildlife). They provide a caring and nurturing place for injured wild animals to recuperate and then be released back into the areas found. They have very good facilities that rival what is found in any professional group similar to them. Donna and Ralph have put all their hearts into this project both to provide care for the animals and education to the community at large. I plan to continue to help them in anyway possible in the future.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful cause. Donna and Phil work relentlessly and thier efferts many times go unnoticed. One of the best ways to get the information out is through education. It was amazing to see what a little article can do to bring awareness and spark interest about Ellicott Wildlife Rehab Center. Donna and Phil, I want you to know that you are appriciated and you are doing a great service to ensure the on going survival of our local wildlife. Keep up the good work!

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As nonprofits go, Ellicott stretches their limited resources and manpower better than any I know. Despite their challenges they meet their goals and give quality care to sick & injured wildlife time and time again. What a great track record and such NICE people doing great and wonderful things. I want to be just like them when I grow up.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Ellicott Wildlife Center does a tremendous job in taking care of hurt and/or abandon animals, birds. They take in all cirtters in need of care and through their resources of volunteers are truly able to make a difference. Most animals are treated and healed for release back into wildlife. EWC also has an excellent childrens education outreach program.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great nonprofit rehab center. All of the volunteers have been very committed to the welfare of the animals, as well as helping to inform the public. I have seen firsthand the compassion the rehabers have for the animals they care about and the pride and safety they take in their responsibilities. Seeing them work has made me want to do more in the wildlife field and has made me consider getting more involved in rehab myself.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

this is a top notch group with the utmost in professionalism and honesty. i use them on a regular basis and have the highest degree in confidence in whatever the outcome may be is none other than what was ment to be.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The facilities are well maintained, clean and very spacious. Donna is easy to contact and work as well as very experienced with the wildlife she works with.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is the only such facility in our area. Donna and Ralph have done an amazing job in creating and expanding this Center, despite the fact that they both have to work full-time jobs. They are both the kindest, friendliest people to work with! As a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for small mammals and small songbirds working out of my own home, I've had occasion to take them animals for whom I don't have suitable pre-release caging, and--conversely--they've referred animals to me that I specialize in. One of the things I love most about Donna is the follow-up reports I get on animals I've taken to her--they never just "fall off the radar screen"!!! Donna and Phil are doing a fabulous job for distressed wildlife and the public and absolutely deserve and need support to keep on doing this work, which our area so desperately needs!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known about the Ellicott Wildlife Rehab Center for about 10 years now and they have become the guardians of critters in need out in the eastern plains of Colorado. Donna and Phil are two of the most amazing people and Colorado Springs is grateful to have them. I have called them for help with everything from bunnies to bats and they always open their hearts and home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's Sunday morning and we find a sick rabbit under our truck. We don't know how to care for a wild rabbit nor do we want to watch it die. I remember that one of my co-workers helped with a program to transport injured wildlife. I gave her a call and within minutes she arrived and took my injured bunny out to Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. The bunny survived!! Donna kept in touch with us and even sent pictures. My bunny went on to have more bunnies. Happy ending!! As Donna told me they are not saving a species but helping people like me that care and want to help but don't know how. With cities and towns encroaching on our wildlife we are seeing more and more injured animals. I'm very thankful we have people like Donna and Phil.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

EWRC is staffed by two of the kindest people I have ever met, Donna and Phil. They have a success rate with injured animals that surpasses the standard. I have seen them work with all types of animals from foxes to hawks. They give of themselves and their home. The lower level of their home acts as a dispensary, surgery, feeding station, and nursery. They work full-time jobs and take care of all the animals too. Please consider giving to their organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my daughters were ages 6 and 11, a wildlife rehabilitator came to school and talked about what she did with wildlife. That was the beginning of an adventure that has made a significant impact on our family. Because of this visit we became involved with the wildlife of Colorado and Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (EWRC)in a variety of ways; helping to build enclosures for rehabbing wildlife, transporting sick/injured wildlife, helping with fundraising for this donation based rehab center, etc. Donna and Phil allowed our young girls to share in these experiences and because of that they have grown up to respect both the wildlife in the wild and the sacrifices Donna and Phil have made for the wildlife in need of help. EWRCs dedication to wildlife for over 10 years, the time and money they continue to give, and the education they have given to our family, and well as many other groups, should be recognized. EWRC does a tremendous job with the wildlife of Colorado, and with their continued educational opportunities we all have imporved lives!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I will admit, I am biased! As the founder and president of EWRC, I will say that watching the organization grow from one room in a condo to currently one of the largest facilities in the State has been a rewarding experience. EWRC is an all-volunteer org and funded by no agency, relying on donations and small grants to provide services benefiting people, agencies, and critters throughout Colorado. In spite of challenges including the collapsed economy and limited resources, we continue to experience growth in all program areas. The committment of our volunteers and supporters makes the release of native wildlife back to nature happen. With help, we will continue serving the people of Colorado and helping to preserve one of our greatest natural resources, our wildlife.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ellicott Wildlife is completely and totally operated and funded by donations. There are no state funds for helping injured or sick wildlife in Colorado, so individuals pick up this gigantic task. They do everything from feeding baby birds to getting coyotes repaired by volunteer veterinarians and then keeping them "wild" until they can be released into the wild again. They are wonderful.

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