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Woodlands Wildlife Refuge Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Our Mission is:"To receive, rehabilitate and release orphaned and injured native wildlife.To educate the public about wild animal habits and habitats". As our towns continue to grow and natural habitat changed so do encounters between humans and wildlife and thus the contining need for our services for both the people and the animals impacted.We provide the animals with a second chance and the people with a better knowledge and understanding of the animals.

Programs: Woodlands wildlife refuge received and cared for 868 orphaned or injured native wild animals of 43 species from 20 counties and accomplished a high release rate. In addition to our small staff, 24 volunteers and 14 unpaid interns provided care for the animals. Approximately 6,694 volunteer hours with a value of $150,950 and 3,320 intern hours with a value of $74,866 were worked during the year. The total approximate value of uncompensated volunteer and intern hours was $225,816.

woodlands wildlife refuge presented 35 educational programs to volunteers, schools,corporations and various other groups. We also responded to approximately 2,350 telephone calls relating to wildlife questions and concerns from residents of 20 counties.

woodlands wildlife refuge sold broke leg bear books, which is an educational children's book. It tells the true story of an injured bear cub that woodlands rehabilitated and successfully released back to the wild.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was introduced to this wonderful organization and the gloved angels who work there in February 2015 through the live web cam that featured Mike the orphaned bear cub. I was one of those who became addicted to watching this beautiful little bear and became impressed with the care he received at Woodlands. Though his life was short he enriched and educated many people. Since his passing, Woodlands has installed cameras with help from the MFC (Mike's Fan Club) and has increased their ability to educate (and entertain) the public of the wide variety of animals they care for each year (1,100 animals so far in 2016). The dedicated, professional staff (and volunteers) go above and beyond to care for and enrich the lives of all the animals they receive in preparation of returning them to the wild. Woodlands Wildlife Refuge is at the top of my short list of organizations I support with monetary donations (or items they need) whenever I am able.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It has been my great privilege to watch the exemplary work of the fine dedicated staff at WWR. They lovingly care for each and every animal they receive while maintaining a clean environment for them. I've even seen them spend many long nights at the refuge to ensure the animals receive the necessary ongoing care before they are returned to the wild. They deserve the greatest praise for their work.

2 Christine194

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the work that Woodlands Wildlife Refuge does. They care for the littlest mouse to the largest bear and everyone in between. We need more places like that in New Jersey and all over!!

2 Christie P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Woodlands is an excellent wildlife rehabilitation facility.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Woodlands Wildlife Refuge does an incredible job of protecting animals from an otherwise uncertain future. People bring in all kinds of injured and abandoned animals, and no critter is turned away. I am so amazed at the tireless work that they do. This year, I believe that they have cared for over 1,000 animals who came to them with various injuries and illnesses. It is so heartwarming to know that people like this exist. Their compassion of animals is endless and I am happy that I have gotten to know some of the staff. Wishing them continued success and support.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have always had a positive experience with Woodlands Wildlife. The staff are courteous and caring individuals. The facility is clean. So glad to have compassionate caring people helping our local wildlife in need!

2 Catey

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They go above and beyond for the animals in their care! I've attended some of their fundraising events and their employees and volunteers have the biggest hearts and passion for what they do. They are a necessity to the wildlife they save and release.

3 Vivian B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am writing this review because I believe so strongly about Woodlands Wildlife and the difference this refuge makes for our community. Not only do they rescue/save/rehabilitate huge amounts of small animals and large, but they also educate young people and adults. It is clean, professional and organized. Veterinarians in training are involved from time to time, not to mention the staff that dedicates many hours during the crazy spring/summer when hundreds of injured and/or abandoned critters arrive daily. Hats off to you Woodlands!!

3 Victoria75

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this place and the work that they do! I only found out about them about a year ago. Since that time I have been to the location to drop donated items, and recently, to attend Community Day. What an awesome experience!! I learned so much about their educational animals. The staff graciously answered all my questions about wildlife big and small. It's nice knowing that they are there if I need them. I live in a heavily wooded area with lots of wildlife roaming around. Now, if I come across an injured or abandoned animal, I feel like I can get it the help it needs.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Woodlands Wildlife Rehab is a fabulous nonprofit organization. They care for all wildlife big or small. They have educated me in the caring of wildlife and always want the best for the animals. I first learned about Woodlands through the web bear cam in the caring of 2 small bears. Since then I have learned about all kinds of wildlife. We have been privileged to see them care for many different species. Never have I seen such dedication from not only the staff and its fabulous leader but also the many volunteers that share their time to rehabilitate many wounded and orphaned wild animals. Every release is a blessing. They educate the public on the proper procedures of handling wildlife and the many steps it takes to get them healthy enough for release. They are such caring and devoted people. I follow them on the web daily and enjoy all of the animals they have introduced me to.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great place for the care of animals from the size of a mouse all the way up to the size of bears.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am very grateful to have an animal rehab like this in NJ. I first heard of Woodlands Wildlife Refuge in January of 2015. This non-profit organization goes over and beyond being an asset to the public's interest. The education about wildlife they provide is just phenomenal. They now have two 24 hour critter web cams where they can interact with the viewers and they always manage to answer the many questions they get about NJ wildlife. I would recommend to anyone who can, take a scheduled educational tour at WWR. There is not enough words or time to describe how wonderful, selfless, and crucial their work is. While they typically only rehab NJ wildlife (due to unfortunate circumstances others also find their way there) the impact of their work, purposes, and goals affects all of us in one way or another. This nonprofit is the best and will continue to get my support. Happy 30 Year Anniversary WWR!! XOX

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wish I would have known about this organization sooner. I am very grateful to have an animal rehab like this in NJ. I first heard of Woodlands Wildlife Refuge in January of this year. I have already been there three times since May. I plan to go many more times. This non-profit organization goes over and beyond being an asset to the public's interest. The education about wildlife they provide is just phenomenal. They give tours and have educational programs for the young and old. They now have a 24 hour critter web cam where they can interact with the viewers and they always manage to answer the many questions they get about NJ wildlife. I would highly recommend to anyone who can, take a tour at WWR. There is not enough words or time to describe how wonderful, selfless, and crucial their work is. While they typically only rehab NJ wildlife the impact of their purposes and goals affects all of us in one way or another. WWR is just the best and will continue to get my support. Love to WWR. You guys rock!!!

6

Donor

Rating: 5

Woodlands Wildlife Refuge is the gold standard in wildlife rehabilitation and education. I became acquainted with their great work when I read a story about twin bears who had lost their mother. The lengths to which they went to help these two little guys lead me to understand how much they value all creatures great and small. Their tireless efforts on behalf of local wildlife has made me a life-long fan. The staff is also truly amazing; caring, compassionate, and gifted. Those of us that followed the cubs' story are forever grateful that WWR allowed us into their world to share their stories of hope. You cannot do this type of work without possessing the traits of selflessness and courage. I wish them continued success in all their endeavors and will support them in any way I can.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to Woodlands Wildlife Refuge through watching Mike and Ike the orphaned bear cubs on the live web cam that NJ.com set up. I am so grateful for the exemplary work they do, and how they educate us on all the animals that seek their help.
I see the most dedicated, compassionate, and caring staff of rehabbers and volunteers at WWR. They spend long days and nights rescuing,caring for sick and injured animals, then releasing them to the wild. They provide education to cam watchers and the public every day. In the past months they have begun streaming live cams of bear cubs and a otter outdoors. They add little personal and caring touches in the care they provide. They go above and beyond with every critter. I donate regularly to support their efforts to help animals return to the wild. I commend the staff and thank them. WWR is simply THE BEST!
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4

Donor

Rating: 5

There are so many wonderful things that I could say about Woodlands Wildlife Refuge (WWR) but I think the most telling thing is their commitment to doing what is in the best interest of the animals they care for. Day after day, night after night, WWR pours their heart and soul into the care of these animals. If you have ever watched one of their critter cams, you can truly understand the size of the commitment they have made in caring for these critters. There are feedings, therapy, constant cage cleanings and of course, a lot of love. Spending your day working with cute critters may look like fun, but nobody sees the behind the scenes work and sometimes heartache that goes into the care they provide. The critters are well cared for and every effort is made to return them to their natural environment. In addition to this, WWR provides education to the public - thus improving the lives of critters that may never pass through the doors of WWR. Please support this worthwhile organization - your money will be well spent!!

4 Lora726

Board Member

Rating: 5

The most professional & dedicated group I have ever known. They are truly committed to providing the very best of care to the animals, and to doing everything possible to ensure a successful return to the wild. I am proud to be associated with this phenomenal organization!

3 Writer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Started to follow story of orphaned bear cubs last year. Sadly neither one survived. But, I've stayed with them and have learned so much about the wonderful work they do. They have installed their own camera and always have a beautiful animals to observe! The level of care is exceptional. woodlands Wildlife Refuge is a Godsend to homeless animals and to the people who care about them!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I like so many ,learned of Woodlands Wildlife Refuge through watching "Mike". It didn't take long to notice the level of care he was receiving. Every single thing they did for that little bear was aimed on returning him to the wild.Although it was not to be,I have continued to follow this wonderful group of Staff and volunteers. I make a donation whenever I am able, and enjoy the animals as they come and go.It is gratifying to watch animals heal and return to the wild. Have never seen a more dedicated group in this field!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Woodlands Wildlife Refuge in PIttstown, NJ goes beyond the normal care for the animals it receives. They spend long hours caring for all the animal residents and preparing the new arrivals for the live camera they have installed. We can view them as they regularly feed the animals. Their enclosures are kept neat and clean with nicely prepared fresh food and water. The helpers even place stuffed toys in the enclosures for company, which are greatly enjoyed by the animals. They are extremely thoughtful.. will even go as far as putting an animal's face toward the camera for the viewers to get a better view as they return them after a feeding. When we contact them with questions of any kind, they always respond. They make us feel as we are a part of them..a wonderful group of caring animal loving people.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had a mother bear by us who was breaking into houses to feed her cubs. One of the cubs was injured and couldn't walk correctly. The state set a trap and got the mother. So there were two orphaned cubs needing care. We were all so upset that they would euthanize the cubs as how would it be able to survive on it's own, not being able to walk right. All you heard were it's cries while it's mother was in the cage. Woodlands didn't even hesitate - they came in and took charge. They took the two in, named Yom and Kipur, and rehabilitated them until they were able to be released out on their own. The vet visits, the medicines, etc. Since that day, I shop Igive in support of them, donate when I can and follow all the good work that they do for the wild creatures. Thanks to them, I've been able to see the critter cam and watch baby foxes, Mike, who they worked diligently to save, and countless others. They "just do" - no questions asked.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Woodlands helps so many orphaned and injured animals every year that would otherwise never survive. Truly a life-saving organization! New Jersey's precious wildlife truly needs the rehabilitation services that Woodlands provides.