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Friskys Wildlife & Primate Sanctuary Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Land Resources Conservation

Mission: Medical care and home for primates - federally licensed facility

Programs: Emergency medical care for wild animals and permanent home for primates

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Maureen19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FRISKYS is a federally licensed wildlife rehab center, successfully run for over 40 years by Colleen and scoares of volunteers. When I was new here in town, I bought stuff at their major fund=raiser, a yard sale, then signed up for a tour of the facility. Then, when they were sued by a new neighbor who allowed her fears of monkeys get the best of her, I went to the county courthouse and heard the judges say basically, the monkeys were there FAR before you decided to move into the neighborhood, so.... they threw out the nuisance suit. In the meantime, thousands of injured birds, squirrels, fawns, etc have been helped through the generousity of donors and other neighbors. It is important to note that this is not a farm, or a zoo. Strict rules protect the wildlife in Friskys, and Colleen has given over her entire life to help rehabilitate them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have visited Frisky's on 2 occasions. Once when I found an injured baby squirrel and once when I saved baby bunnies from a neighbor's cat. I got advice over the telephone on how to care for each animal until I could get them to Frisky's. When I arrived at Frisky's each time I was welcomed with open arms. I was able to call Frisky's a few days after I dropped off the animals to find out how they were progressing. What a wonderful establishment.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have volunteered with Frisky's a number of times and find it to be an amazing, and sometimes, heart wrenching experience. Colleen, with the help of as many volunteers as she can get, care for many non-human primates and other wild animals that people have had as pets. After a time, people realize that wild animals are not pets, and they end up at Frisky's, where they are cared for and loved by all. There are very few places that are equipped to handle the animals that Frisky's has. The knowledge and commitment is just incredible. They also do wildlife rehabilitation on top of it all. So, there is a permanent population, and then there are ones lucky enough to be native and are rehabilitated and released. Running this organization requires volunteers and donations. It is non-profit and totally dependent on kind hearted individuals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is run very safely and efficiantly. Colleen has run Friskys for decades and has had no problems. They have been under alot of scrutiney for a long time now. I have been to these hearings, they are a waste of time and money; and are pathetic! They have been harrassing Friskys for a long time but it never stops Colleen! She is rock solid. She is a pro at what she does. I have never met a more knowledgable person in this area. If we did not have this place, I don't know what we would do. She only selects the best people to be a part of this blessed place.
Please help them in anyway you can!!!!!! I as well as many others do and are proud of it!!!!!!

Suzanne Zbignewich

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my chinchilla from Frisky's and I couldn't feel more appreciative of their sanctuary. They were very knowledgable of the animals they had in their care. It is very obvious how passionate they are about caring for animals and I wish that they had more support. The staff at Frisky's put so much time and hardwork in making sure that all their animals are taken care of. When adopting, Frisky's takes high measures to make sure that the animals are going to a compatible, forever home. Whenever I find or hear about a hurt or abandoned animal, I know to send them to Frisky's. For such an amazing place, they sure don't get the acknowledment that they deserve.

Jeanne G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Frisky's provides a much needed service to not only the community, but the entire region. They don't turn away difficult cases, or animals that other shelters would. They have taken in rabbits seized in a hoarding case, and eagles that have been shot or have unknown neurological problems. And all at their own expense, because they don't know what donations will be given to them. They are licensed and meet all zoning laws and regulations. I am glad they are located around the corner from me, and my faith in the world is greater for them being in it.

Donor

Rating: 5

This was the one organization in Maryland willing to help a baby fawn that had been hit by a vehicle, everyone else only would euthanize.

Cheryl234

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work in downtown Baltimore and found a very stressed and injured bird whose leg was broken. After successfully catching the bird, I found Frisky's website and called to see if they could help. Colleen told me she would be happy to help this bird. I drove the animal to her and immediately she took him from the box, looked him over and knew exactly what she could do to fix him. She was wonderful and her willingness to help at a moments notice was awesome!

Cheryl Dillard-Ewing

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you for this opportunity to express my admiration of, and respect for, for the operations of Frisky’s Wildlife and
Primate Sanctuary, Inc., located at 10790 Old Frederick, Rd., Woodstock, MD 21163.

For the past 20 years or so, I have interacted with Colleen Layton and the Sanctuary she manages. Countless times over many years she has proven to be an inexhaustible and impeccable resource both for receiving ailing--or otherwise at-risk--wildlife I have brought to the Sanctuary, as well as providing telephone advice on preparations I needed to make in order to transport animals to her for care.

When my schedule permits me to visit the Sanctuary, I am continually
impressed with the level of care, sanitation and safety Colleen maintains—vital to successfully rehabilitating wildlife, to which Colleen has dedicated her entire life.

Every visit reveals Colleen living her life’s dream in selflessly providing a safe and clean environment and healing opportunities wildlife in need would otherwise not have. Colleen is the voice for those whose habitats have been so devastatingly compromised by us humans.

Cheryl Dillard-Ewing, Woodstock, MD

Alesha R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work as a volunteer on the weekends in various areas of Frisky's doing a number of different jobs, and I must say, that out of every place that I have volunteered, Friskys really is by far the best! The reason this place is so amazing is because everyone on the staff shares a vision to give the best possible sanctuary for the animals of all sizes. Also on top of that, the wealth of knowledge is far more paramount here than at many different other animal organizations.

I also have to say that without a doubt, Colleen is by far one of the sweetest, most knowlegable, and caring person that I have ever known. I really hope that if I had the choice to come back in another life that I would be an animal at Frisky's because they would be able to give me the best care possible.

Board Member

Rating: 5

About 15 years ago I took in my recently orphaned 10 year old nephew, Alex. He needed an outlet, something to take his mind off of recent losses. Frisky's gratiously agreed to let him be a volunteer. That was a summer Alex has never forgotten as he learned how to care for the animals at the sanctuary. The relationship with Frisky's became a long term relationship as I also volunteered. The more time I spent at Frisky's, the more impressed I was with the good work that Frisky's does. This sanctuary serves the immendiate community and beyond helping people and animals. They receive no public funding and rely solely on donations. They help thousands of animals a year, both domestic and local wildlife. This organizaiton has been around for over 30 years and has become an essential community servce. I am now a Frisky's board member and, thanks to Frisky's training, have become a wildlife rehabilitator and opened my own rescue. All those years ago Frisky's sowed the seeds to help promote yet another rescue to help people as well as animals.

Rik S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We were contacted to perform a survey of the property. My crew and I got a tour of the property ( safety first ). The detail to the care of the animals and the pure love of animals is what I mostly took away from Friskys. We received a calendar and news letter that explained the mission of Friskys, ( which seems to me ) to do any thing possible to help any animal in need. We saw owl, mink, different primates, goats, etc...
It would be a great place to take a school trip or a boy scout outting.
We were so touched by the work being done we donated part of our time to lower the cost of the survey.

Glenn K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I'm a primatologist who went to Frisky's to observe the conditions in which a variety of monkeys were kept. I found people doing the very best that they could with limited resources. The makeshift arrangements in the cages made the animals as comfortable as possible. Of vital importance to primates, they were housed with others of their species where possible.

Mel O

Donor

Rating: 5

I visit Frisky's several times a year. This is my favorite wildlife sanctuary in my area. They do wonderful work and I would not hesitate to take a hurt animal there for rehabilitation. Colleen does wonderful work year round with never taking a day off. She rehabilitates and releases those animals that can be released. She has several primates which are my favorite to visit. As a primate owner, I enjoy visiting her to compare ideas on various topics concerning primates. Her sanctuary is always clean and well kept. All animals are well cared for and happy to be there. As a member of the Simian Society of America, I can state that she runs one of the best sanctuaries in the country.

Anne234

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Frisky's provides a much-needed service to a population of animals that is under-served and often overlooked. I am so thankful to Frisky's for doing such a phenomenal job as a primate and wildlife sanctuary, a rescue and rehabilitation center, and an adoption center for domestic pets. Maryland is lucky to have Frisky's, as are the animals it so lovingly serves. Thank you, Frisky's!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the most well-organized and well-run charity I have ever seen. The animals are all very well taken care of, and the place is clean and neat. Although I understand why the average person would want to have a wild animal as a "pet" it is the volunteers at Frisky's who have the full responsibility of taking care of them, when they eventually give them up. Frisky's is a truly spiritual sanctuary for wildlife and injured animals. The people there are very special.

Janice Lee E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Frisky's is 3-fold. It is a wildlife rehabilitation center for giving orphaned, injured or displaced wildlife a second chance. It is a Sanctuary for Exotics that are illegal pets, such as monkeys and Coatimundi. It also takes in adoptable pets that are unwanted and places them in new families. Frisky's is 100% volunteer staffed - no one is paid. Even the vet and lawyer are volunteers. Our daily survival depends upon donations from our supporters. All the monetary and in-kind donations go to the care and welfare of the animals. This is a wonderful organization of loving and caring people who give their all to making life better for the animals. Frisky's is the only hope for many wildlife animals that need a second chance. They may need medical attention, foster mothering while they grow large enough to be on their own, or just relocated away from a dangerous situation. In any case, Frisky's does everything possible to get the wildlife back out, to enjoy the life they were meant to have.