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Sierra Wildlife Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Rescue/rehabilitate/release wild animals

Programs: Animal rehabilitation and care of over 300 animals

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Sierra Wildlife Rescue is an extremely valuable asset to our county. We are a mostly rural area with many different types of animals and birds. Sierra Wildlife takes care of every animal they receive, no matter how large the numbers. I have brought several birds to Sierra Wildlife in the eleven years I have lived here and I am always confident that the birds will be well taken care of and that they will do their best to make sure these birds are returned to the wild. I brought a hummingbird in a few years ago that one of my cats had captured and the day after I brought the bird in to Sierra Wildlife Rescue, they called me and asked me to come back and get the bird as it was healthy and ready to go home. I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to bring that little fellow home and let my son release him back to the wild.

Sincerely,
Michele C. Kreisl

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have attended 6 training classes. Each instructor has been extremely experienced and educated regarding their topic matter. Instructors have also included veterinarians that perform wildlife medical treatments.
The experienced rehabbers are very good about mentoring new rehabbers to make sure the wildlife is medically treated properly and the novice can handle the long term care of the animal.
I think the long term dedicated volunteers have very good communication. Whenever I need information they are quick to answer my inquiry or contact the next person in the organization that can be of assistance. The volunteers donate an enormous amount of personal time to ensure the success of Sierra Wildlife Rescue as a viable organization for our community.
The workshops are varied and respected that they attract rehabbers from other wildlife organizations and even the Forest Service to attend.

1 Anne K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

each spring i look forward to feeding the baby birds at sierra wildlife rescue. i work the morning shift. we usually start by 7 o'clock. work starts fast. the cages need to be uncovered, food needs to be warmed, water dishes have to be changed and cages need to be cleaned. different birds have different feeding habits and when they are young they may need to be fed every 15 minutes . and the fun begins. some times there is not a minute to think. I love it . 50 to 100 birds all needing care , and hopefully to be returned to the wild i know that swr is involved with rehabing many different kinds of animal maybe someday i will do that but for now i love the baby bird nursery

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although there are many volunteer opportunities available at Sierra Wildlife Rescue, I became involved with their Baby Bird Nursery (BBN) program due to my love of birds and birdwatching. Baby birds often end up on the wrong side of the equation in interactions with wildlife and humans. Through progams like BBN, we can make a difference by helping injured, sick and abandoned birds. Due to Sierra Wildlife Rescue's careful monitoring, strict protocols, and extensive training program, the BBN has a good success rate.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SWR is wonderful all volunteer organization with great wildlife rehabbers. They are dedicated, and selfless in caring for all the assorted species encountered in El Dorado County.
I volunteered and was on the board when I lived in the area. I am still a member and donor because of the great service they provide for the animals and the community.

K.L.K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended a SWR class a year ago and knew right away I would like to be a part of the fawn rehab. group. The team leaders are absolutely available, knowledgeable and support release with as little human interaction as possible during the rehab. process. My entire family is now involved in the rehabbing of local wildlife, in particular fawns. Unfortunately, there are not enough people that know how precious our wildlife is to the environment. SWR is a small group that is doing their best to get the word out to the local communities about conservation. SWR is a fantastic way to give back to the environment, community and learn about conservation in the process. Help us get the word out and become a volunteer or donor with SWR.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering for this organization because the members and volunteers are passionate about their cause. Wildlife is so important to our culture. This organization rescues and rehabilitates injured wildlife and releases it back into the wild. We have such a symbiotic relationship with wildlife and this organization teaches how to rescue, rehabilitate and release these important creatures back into the wild. This organzation also plays an important role in educating adults and children about the different facets of wildlife, which is so important to preserve wildlife for future generations. These volunteers spend countless hours picking up injured wildlife and rehabilitating them for release. I serve in the baby bird nursery and my experience has been so valuable in taking care of injured birds and knowing that they will soon be released.

Jennifer C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sierra Wildlife Rescue came to my property, after I called on a Redtail Hawk that seemed grounded and injured. They were able to catch the bird safely and take it in for assessment. My 4 year old son and I were able to be apart of the rescue, it was very inspiring. The volunteer from Sierra Wildlife Rescue said they would bring the hawk back to our property, after is was healed, where it would be released back into the wild.
Unfortunately, the hawk was not able to fully recover from the sustained injury. SWR sent us a picture of our hawk and a note letting us know that although it is unable to return to the wild, it is safe and well cared for living at a facility where it is used for educational purposes.
I was very happy that there was an organization whom I could call to save this Redtail Hawk. Thank you so much SWR,

Client Served

Rating: 5

Living in a small town next to a scenic river opens your life up to a menagerie of wild critters. I personally have used Sierra Wild Life Rescue three times with great results. One was: "What to do with an injured young deer at three am on a Sunday morning?" Two was: "Help there is a baby opossum making a home in my coffee beans!" (I own the local bakery/coffee shop). Three was: Ben, a small mallard that I feed bread to on walks with my dogs. Ben took on something that wanted to snack on him and the out come was a foot that needed to be amputated. Ben is back good as new, minus a flipper, and happily being a duck in his pound. Thank you Sierra Wild Life Rescue!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sierra Wildlife is a great organization that provides help to the wildlife of El Dorado County. As a volunteer I have seen dedicated individuals provide a variety of needs to achieve the goal of rehabilitating animals back into the wild.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in a rural area and every year I find dying baby birds, deer, rabbits near my place. I didn't know where to go for assistance. Now there is a facility just a few miles from my place. I have phone numbers and am taking classes with the Sierra Wildlife Rescue group. The classes have been very informative.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Each week during the summer, I assist caring for orphan birds. Knowing that I am helping sustain El Dorado County wildlife is very rewarding.

Donor

Rating: 5

If we didn't have this group, TOO many animals would be left to die and not have a chance at life. These folks often speand their own money to make sure the animals are taken care of.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've helped a neighbor who is a volunteer with SWR hand feeding baby raccoons and watching a wounded bird recover and fly again.
It is so very heartwarming to watch the damage that humans cause wildlife be turned around by human kindness.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have utilized Sierra Wildlife Rescue on many occasions. From finding small birds that have fallen out of their nests, injured geese, and most recent a baby squirrel that had been brought to my front door by one of my cats - which was unhurt. I have been very impressed with everyone that I have been involved with and as an animal lover I appreciate everyone's committment to this program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A young bird literally dropped from the sky in front of me and looked to be in serious distress -- actually, it looked dead. But I noticed that it was still breathing, so I lifted it carefully and laid gently in a shoebox. Now what? I don't know anything about birds! I called a friend who recommended Sierra Wildlife Rescue as a resource for help. I called them on a weekend -- They were open -- I jumped in the car (now known as the bird ambulance) and drove right to their doorstep. I rushed my little feathered friend into the building where I was greeted by extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, and cheerful volunteers who gently examined the bird, assessed its injuries, and began medical treatment. They saw all sorts of things that I was unaware of, not having been trained to do such work. They were so calm and took the time to explain the type and age of the bird, the extent of the injuries, what they thought had probably happened (a hawk had attacked it, was the common wisdom) and the care it would receive. I was amazed. I was so grateful! Here I had an injured bird and no way to know how to care for it -- But these folks sure did! My frustration and helplessness melted away -- this little bird was in good hands; he had a fighting chance! What a gift that was!
I was then asked to fill out a form regarding the circumstances of my finding the bird. Ok, I thought, here it comes, they're going to get my address and pester me for donations right? HA! Nothing could be further from the truth! They wanted my address so that when the little bird had recuperated, a volunteer could drive 20+ miles back down to where I lived to release him in his familiar habitat. Now, THAT'S commitment! I was so inspired that I made a donation right on the spot. I wanted to help these people who did such amazing work to preserve the wildlife in my area.
I am so THANKFUL that there is a resource in my area that would take care of an injured creature -- I was so RELIEVED that I had an option other than to keep the bird in the shoebox where it surely would have died -- I am so AWESTRUCK that this group of truly dedicated volunteers have made a such a difference by their work to rescue and rehabilitate animals, and to educate the public about respecting and understanding wildlife in our area.
Support for Sierra Wildlife Rescue is well deserved. Their services are invaluable to all who are concerned about, and committed to, the health and welfare of wildlife in our midst. They work miracles - believe it -- a little bird taught me.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sierra Wildlife Rescue has expertly trained volunteers. We had a baby squirrel abandoned on our property and their squirrel team responded on a weekend. You can always count on this organization to come to your rescue.

They also have come to my Senior Center twice in the past year to do an educational session on their Birds of Prey. THey bring their birds about 30 miles to do this for us. The Seniors are very interested in nature and local nonprofit organizations.

friendlyearth

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the 3rd season that my daughter (age 13) and I are beginning our help with the Baby Bird Nursery in the spring through summer. She has been able to learn responsibility and work ethics as she does her part at the Sierra Wildlife Center on a weekly basis. She has mentored some of her friends and enjoys flaunting her expertise! She has demonstrated an increased interest/compassion for wild birds and other wildlife since we see it in an injured state, then we help to bring it back to health. It is something that we have in common to do in which I am not her boss, but we just work the same shift and she sees what the world of work/service is about; plus she has fun and thinks the lil' birdies are so cute. The fact that there are always baked goods for the volunteers, I'm hoping, is not the main reason that she has stuck with it!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have never met an organization so dedicated to what they do. SWR volunteers are always happy and willing to come to the aid of injured animals, no matter the time of day or night. And their classes and trainings are informative. Most importantly, the work they do to aid teh recovery of sick and injured wildlife is invaluable.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sierra Wildlife Rescue (SWR) has been a visible and extremely beneficial presence in El Dorado County for many years. Their large, dedicated group of volunteers staff the office as well as the baby bird nursery during season, and individual volunteers offer their time and expertise year-round to rescue and rehab large and small creatures that, through no fault of their own, become injured on the busy roadways, run afoul of the ever encroaching human populace, become victims of cruelty, lose their mother or simply have an accident like the many baby birds that fall out of their nest before they are able to fly. Our wildlife represents an irreplaceable natural resource that SWR helps to protect.