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Lucky Duck Rescue And Sanctuary

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Bird Sanctuaries

Mission: To rescue injured and/or abandoned domestic ducks for possible adoption to qualified homes or living at the sanctuary for the duration of their natural lives.

Programs: We are starting to work with schools regarding alternative ways of experiencing ducks besides "hatching projects" that typically result in animal dumping.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Lucky Duck came to our elementary school when a mallard duck set up her nest in our school planter. She agreed to take Daisy and her ducklings to her place to keep them safe from cats, and birds. All of this was televised on Channel 4 and the promise was to return Daisy and her ducklings back to Rowland Heights when they were able to fly and release Daisy back to her own environment. She was not forthcoming in her information to us and seemed very angry when we showed concern on what was happening. Today we learned from a flyer posted on her site that Daisy and her ducklings would be released to almost certain death in the LA river on Sunday. We worked very hard to keep her safe while at the school and assumed she would do the same. Very very disappointed in someone who claims to rescue. Just an update on this review, Lucky Duck released Daisy and her babies on June 29th and refuses to give us a location. We have also been banned from making any comments on her site.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As one of the sisters of the woman who runs The Lucky Duck Rescue & Sanctuary, I watched her intense passion for ducks develop from her childhood. She fell in love with her first pet duck, named Susie, as a young girl. She has been wonderfully drawn to the beauty of these animals from the start. Over the years, she's grown in her knowledge of ducks and become quite inciteful in her dealings with them even before this work began.

Now she has begun a really good work and it has grown quite fast. She has a strong commitment toward the survival and well-being of these animals. She really cares about them--actually, she loves them. And she absolutely loves this work. Hers is the only domestic duck rescue within a large area. She's become known as an expert among those she helps.

At this point, her biggest need would be big pens for the ducks. Please come alongside her and provide financial assistance to meet this need. These would help the work operate more efficiently. Any additional help you can give would be greatly appreciated. She would love this work to continue growing and thriving as she reaches out to meet the needs of the duck population within her reach.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been in support of this non profit duck rescue for 3 years. Being the first in Southern California to have an opporating domestic duck rescue on the internet, I am amazed at the care and well being of the ducks living there. The first time I was on the property, there were a little more than 60 ducks. Now, there are over 100 ducks that are being cared for by the rescue's founder, Carol Chrysong. Being semi-retired, this sanctuary has become a place of relaxation and joyful observation of these fun creatures.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Carol , is doing a great job providing a positive living environment for the rescues for all the water fowl that has been abandoned or need a home.
I have also rescued many ducks, and have learned what their best needs are for shelter health and well being. Clean water which is used for bathing and drinking , finding insects or vegetation to consume. Water fowl are very smart and have a terrific memory and learn very quickly.
Housing for the birds needs to provide enough space as each bird is territorial. Their needs to be plantings for shade,greens like dandelions for consumption as well as soft earth to investigate ,find and consume worms etc.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It was a wonderful experience to visit this place.
This is a small but dynamic water fowl resue organizaion.
They sincerely care for each and every one of their residents.
To view over 100 bidrs, includng ducks, geese, musovies , birds and animals wandering around the faciliity is truly an amazing experience.
Despite the struggle for funding, they do an awesome job helping these birds and animals.
Carol, the director of this non profit group, loves and cares for all of her residents. She has give each one a name.
I really enjoyed my visit.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Lucky Duck Rescue and Sanctuary provides expert care and housing for more than 100 ducks both wild and domestic who are orphaned, injured, or homeless. Caring for all these birds is not easy, and The Lucky Duck does a great job of keeping them healthy and happy.

William L.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Lucky Duck takes care of abandoned or injured animals both wild and domestic. The sanctuary incubuses the major portion of he home and property. Hundreds of ducks and other birds are nursed to health and released. If unable to survive in the wild, they are retired safe and sound in the sanctuary.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Carol, the Duck Lay, provide what every rescue should: Lots of TLC and individual care. Frankly, I don't know how she does it. What I do know is that she deserves, and should get, both financial as well as volunteer help. She helped us with the lack of companionship that our duck the we rescued from some very sick people who were going to use it in a sacrifice ritual. In short, I cannot say enough good things about Carol and the work she does - and it is work! Hard work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son needed service hours for Scouts and we heard about Lucky Duck Rescue from our homeowners association. What Carol has done to save these animals is amazing. She's turned her yard into a multi-space haven for injured and abandoned ducks. The more vulnerable ducks are housed in areas where they will not be harassed by stronger ducks but most are free in large outdoor areas. There are lots of pools and shady areas. It's fun watching them root for worms when the pools are emptied. The property is in a semi-rural area and Carol needs more secured areas to keep the ducks safe at night from coyotes and foxes, which roam the neighborhood looking for easy prey. She has done a great job rescuing many ducks that were raised as school projects, then abandoned when the year is over. Her next mission is to educate the schools that raising animals without permanent homes is a really, really bad idea. I have a lot of admiration for Carol. I hope she is able to raise more funds to keep her Foundation going and improving. She's made a big difference.

Nancy S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Carol Chrysong, founder and executive director of the Lucky Duck Rescue and Sanctuary, is a dedicated advocate for the health and well being of all abandoned, mistreated and unhealthy ducks and other birds. She has been passionate about the health and safe living conditions of all feathered creatures for many years, and through her rescue and sanctuary provides protected and safe sanctuary for the 1,000 plus birds birds now residing in her sanctuary. Upon observation, one finds her birds to be healthy and happy.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

On June 24th, 2010 we rescued a duckling roaming the streets of Fullerton. We began raising it but having no knowledge of what we were doing and inadequate facilities to house it we were very thankful to come across the Lucky Duck Rescue and Sanctuary in Sun Valley.
We spoke to her and explained our situation and she said she was happy to take care of her. We delivered her the duck on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, and after spending more than an hour with her and seeing all the happy ducks and fowl and her clear expertise we left her in good hands.
We visit her occasionally and on our latest visit March 26th, 2011 saw our duck happily maturing and she is now laying eggs comfortably in the security of her well-cared home.
We donate to the rescue and look forward to continuing our support.
Best regards,
Gregory Liu
Simi Valley, CA

Board Member

Rating: 5

Having been in continuous operation since 1995, the "Lucky Duck Rescue & Sanctuary" is the only non-profit that provides quality care for abandoned and injured ducks, geese, and muscovies in the entire Southern California area. The rescue presently is providing sanctuary for over 110 birds. All healthy birds are free to roam our grounds during the day, and are safely penned at night. Sadly, most of the rescues were pets, whose owners had to give them up. Just dropping these birds in local parks and ponds insures there sudden demise, due to predation and starvation. The "Rescue" is basically their only hope for survival.

Carol Chrysong, the director, has loved these lovely creatures since
childhood. She is lovingly known in the Sun Valley, California, as "The Duck Lady." Despite her meager wages as an independent bookkeeper, she provides 90% of the funding necessary for continuous operation.
Operational funds for food , pen construction, vet bills, mortgage, and grounds maintenance are an on going monthly struggle to maintain.
For the past 15 years, Ms Chrysong, has sacrificed the financial security of her life for the benefit of these truly loved creatures.

She and her birds deserve our support from like minded souls.