I am a veterinarian who used to practice in the clinic where Jane would bring injured wildlife for care. She taught me a great deal about wildlife and about people. Over the years I have had opportunities to work with other wildlife rescue organizations, and they all have fallen short of the work Jane does at Wildlife Haven. Hands down, this is the best facility in Ohio, and I suspect one of the best in the country. North central Ohio is blessed to have Wildlife Haven as their option for wildlife care and information.
This organization does not like follow up on the wellbeing of the animals taken to them.
This organization isn't honest about intentions.
If you want your rescue to be kept as an educational ambassador, I would not recommend this organization.
Jane appears to have a strict policy to release animals into the wild. Bottle fed minks, possums, and skunks are released with questionable skills for survival.
Bottle fed is the key. Kept animals, even wild ones, have NO survival skills. They are sitting ducks for disaster and likely the ones you see dead on highways.
Jane is caring for and putting a lot of effort into animals who will be nothing but a food source for animals who grew up wild. Her Facebook confirms this.
Jane did not like when I asked how she was going to train the fox kit I entrusted to her to survive in the wild.
Jane was not honest about her intentions, and I would choose another organization in the future.
This place is dishonest. I passed on a fox kit to be kept for education. I was told by Jane he'd be handled. After I asked about him a couple times, Jane got really defensive. I gave space and recently asked about Scout again. She's not formed a relationship or worked with Scout. Looking back, she was afraid of him when I dropped him off.
She has a bobcat in really limited conditions as well. I'm not sure she is comfortable with strong animals.
If you look at her FB, it seems little easy animals and birds are her thing.
I regret giving her the fox kit.
*Jane Schnelker's response (director of Widlife Haven) to this review is not surprising.
*The fox kit in question was saved from a farmer's chopping block, and we didn't know we weren't allowed to keep him until several weeks later. When we found out it was illegal to keep him, we looked for a good rescue. Jane told us he was not able to be released. He wasn't 'dumped' off at Wildlife Haven. Jane begged to have him early to give her silver fox company after she had an older fox put down.
*This woman isn't honest. She was aggressive and rude when asked about the wellbeing of the fox. A direct quote from Jane, "I'm too busy to deal with this."
*We've had to accept the fox kit will be released this fall without proper training to survive. If you research wildlife, animals succeed because their mother teaches them. Second best is training them. Jane was unwilling to verify she has concrete methods.
*Just be careful. There are more rescues out there that might be a better option for your wildlife.
This woman had a young red fox illegally that she deliberately tried to 'tame'. She had to get rid of it. I told her when she brought it that I would make up my mind about captivity or release - that I needed to see how it went. She was told several times that I hadn't yet decided. I have this all on written private messaging This is total 'sour grapes' because he proved to be as wild as any other fox kit brought here and will get to resume his wild life when he is ready. ~ Jane Schnelker, Director, Wildlife Haven
We had a nest of bluebirds. We were sitting on our deck and I saw a sparrow bobbing in and out of the bluebird house. I went out to it and the sparrows had killed the parents and was pecking on one of the babies' head. I immediately called Jane and ask her if she could do something with the babies. I put the entire nest in a shoebox and took it to Wild Life Haven and Jane put them with another mother on a bluebird trail. Even the baby that the sparrow had pecked bald lived! As far as I am concerned this is the best place ever for saving animals, etc. They Care!
I have personally taken numerous injured animals to Wildlife Haven and they have loved and cared for them. They are an exceptional rescue place and go above and beyond to save and rehabilitate animals of all species. They are also wonderful at educating others about wildlife. What they do each and every day is a blessing and I am truly grateful to have them so close to where I live.
I loved my time volunteering at Wildlife Haven. The care that goes into rehabilitating wildlife at this center is amazing. Each animal is given the unique, individual attention it needs in order to be released back into the wild. The work done by Jane and the entire volunteer crew is inspiring, especially because working with wildlife is a fairly thankless job. They draw so much happiness and satisfaction with each successful release and that's what keeps everyone going.
I have worked with Wildlife Haven for 25 years. In that time I have seen the organization grow from an in-home operation to a 10 acre facility with an education area, clinic, intern housing, office and director's residence.
The first year saw 10 animals cared for. Last year we admitted over 600 and 77% of those were released back into their natural world for a second chance at life. The animals are given the best possible care - high quality diets specific to their species, clean conditions to live in while they are at the center, and caring people who do their best to keep them wild and give them the optimal chance at survival upon release.
In addition to the rehabilitation work, Wildlife Haven does a large amount of work via the telephone and internet. We receive calls and emails from all over Ohio and the surrounding states. These people are usually seeking help for an animal they have found and they are given basic instructions to keep the animal safe until it can be gotten to Wildlife Haven or to a rehabilitator in their area that we refer them to. Many callers seek solutions to wildlife problems or simply want natural history information. A huge amount of aid to wildlife is accomplised in this way!
Wildlife Haven used to do a lot of off-site education programs but at their new site they have a public display area with some permanent residents for people to view and learn about - owls, hawks, a crow, vulture, fox and bobcat. Due to the workload and the ability for folks to learn on-site, we rarely do off-site programs anymore. (Plus there is a great nature center just 5 miles down the road!)
Wildlife Haven provides a valuable resource to both the people and the wildlife of north central Ohio and beyond!
I've been involved with Wildlife Haven since its beginnings. Over the years I have seen hundreds of creatures brought in for help. They are given the best possible care with the goal of getting them back into the wild. Over 75% are given a second chance due to the good work of the people at Wildlife Haven.
The organization also provides a valuable resource to the people of the area. A constant stream of telephone calls and emails arrive: people wanting information about an animal or an animal problem, people from other areas of the state or country looking for help with an injured or orphaned animal. Wildlife Haven is able to answer these questions (they direct the caller to another source if they can't!) and refer them to a rehabilitator in their area if needed.
This is a great organization that provides a valuable service to both people and wildlife!
I have volunteered on and off at Wildlife Haven for almost twenty years. The animals there get such great care and everyone truly wants to help each one have a second chance and a normal life. I learn so much about wildlife when I am there and can in turn share that knowledge with others!
about 12-13 yrs ago we had a apple tree come down in a storm in it was a American Kestrel, it wasn't in very good shape. We called Shelby Police who gave us Wildlife Haven's number in Tiro. That is how I met Jane. We went to a Chili Dinner in Tiro and I signed up to volunteer a year later she gave me a call when she had room for 1 more volunteer. My love for animals and Jane's teachings have changed my life in a wonderful way! Wildlife Haven gives to wildlife what man takes away with cars, saws and fire I have seen animals come in and think this lil kid doesn't have much of a chance, weeks pass with lots of TLC and it goes back into wild.
We have been visiting and using Wildlife Haven for many years.
They take all of the hurt animals we find and help them recover if at all possible.
After recovery, the birds and animals are returned to where they were found.
Has a very dedicated and skilled staff.
Jane has opened up a whole new world to me. I have been able to watch her work with and release so many animals over the past 10 years. The reward to watching those little eyes of the ones in care and the trust that they learn to have always touches my heart. Jane educates, encourages, assists, and is always so caring. If only humans could recieve the care and knowledge that she gives to those in her care the world would be a better place. It is an honor to assist her. The animals always come first.
Jane at Wildlife Haven has been there for me more times than I can count. My family and I are some of the fortunate people that seem to have animals in distress come to our place with some regularity. Fortunate for the animals because we care, and they will be safe. Fortunate for us because we have Jane and Wildlife Haven in our neighborhood. Jane has always helped with advice from what to do if you disturb a bunnies nest to taking in injured critters and giving them the care they need. I have a great deal of respect for Jane and her staff. The amount of compassion and dedication it takes to nurse wild animals back to health is huge. We are very blessed to have Jane and Widlife Haven in our community.
As a past volunteer, client & supporter of Wildlife Haven, I highly recommend their care & rehab of injured wildlife. From groundhogs, to raccoons, oppossums, rabbits, birds & more, I've seen many wild animals recover & released back into the wild. It's a good feeling to know you're supporting your local community & giving wild animals a second chance at life.
I have been both a volunteer and a client served at Wildlife Haven and higly recommend everyone taking the time to get to know the place and the wonderful work that is done there. As a volunteer, I learned so many things about the behaviors, habitats and needs of the orphaned and injured wildlife that comes there for a second shot at life. As a client, I have called upon their services with creatures as varied as skunks, raccoons, grey squirrels and cormorants. Caring for the wide variety of wildlife that is taken there requires a round-the-clock commitment. Please consider this group when you are looking for a worthwhile cause and a committed group.