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Woodlands Wildlife Refuge Inc

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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.

Results: Over 30 years and 15,000 wild lives

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1184 animals

Geographic areas served: New Jersey

Programs: Woodlands wildlife refuge receives and cares for over 1000 orphaned or injured native wild animals of 43 species from 21 counties and accomplishes a high release rate. In addition to our small staff, 40 volunteers and 10 interns provide care for the animals.

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 21 counties.

Community Stories

67 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Caesar Weezer Daisy W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Woodlands Wildlife Refuge has a compassionate group of individuals eager to save countless animals in need. It is a lovely sanctuary for all animals to heal, strengthen, and resume life in their own habitat. It welcomes visitors and provides many opportunities for community outreach and education. We are all quite LUCKY to have WWR in NJ.

Julie C.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Woodlands wildlife is an absolutely fantastic refuge. The level of dedication these volunteers put in to care and nurture these animals back to life is intensive and extremely successful. This shelter puts everything on the line to ensure all patients get the best chance at living the life they deserve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Woodlands Wildlife is a Godsend for the injured and orphaned wildlife of New Jersey! They take in all wildlife except for deer and birds. If you’re looking for help, this is the place to call! They do amazing work and are staffed 7 days a week to admit animals, return calls, and care for the needs of the animals already there. When ready, they release the animals back where they came from. They truly care for ALL animals! Wonderful place!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm from West Milford and we have an abundance of bears. So one year we jad a mom with two cubs, one who was injured, and she was aggressively breaking into houses. Long story short, tgey set traps, got the mom whom they put down. Woodlands stepped i. And took the two cubs, named Yom and Kippur! They nursed the injured one and kept them until it was safe to release them. Up until then I had never even heard of Woodlands! But now, I shop Amazon smile to support them and donate when I can. They selflessly take all types of species. So glad I heard about them. They deserve everything they can get.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Woodlands will take in and care for any animal brought to them, no matter how dire the situation. The staff is totally animal-centric... caring, professional and dedicated. So many animals are back in the woods of NJ despite severe injuries or having been orphaned thanks to this organization nursing them back to health and releasing .

Rachel J.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Had an orphaned squirrel issue and they were quick to call back and offer advice! I didn’t encounter the little guy again hoping he found his way back to mom. But I love the awesome work these guys do to rehab some animals that wouldn’t traditionally be considered ecologically important. Individual lives and easing suffering matters! Thanks for your work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great team effort to rescue, rehab and release the animals.

Carolyn Gundrum S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We brought an injured turtle in to the refuge this summer. Everyone we met there was kind, caring, and efficient. We’re so glad to have found them!

JRSDVM

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Woodlands wildlife refuge has been HUGELY helpful to injured wildlings and foundling a that have been brought to our animal hospital . Tracy and Heather are always very responsive to HELP in anyway they can and have had a gracious open door policy to accept animals we've received and triaged from Cubs orphaned from slaughterhunts to hit by car bear cub,raccoons,opossum.
As a Veterinarian I am very greatful to Woodlands Wildlife Refuge for All your Help over the years.
With My Heartfelt Thanks! ~ Janet Streng D.V.M.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tracy and her incredible knowledgeable staff at woodlands have been an enormous trusted resource for me helping wildlife in northern NJ be rehabilitated after traumatic injuries incurred usually the result of being hit by cars. Our northern NJ animal hospital has attended to the acute medical need of wildlife brought to us animals , ranging from a bear cub with a severe concussion that left her neurologically impaired and blind for many months ( and was successfully rehabbed and released, to a hit by car coyote and raccoon. Woodlands has been Such a -wonderfully responsive, extremely knowledgeable tremendous resource for me as veterinarian , and a Godsend for the animals they care for! ~ With Great respect and Many Thanks for ALL your Help! Janet Streng D.V.M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I came across Woodlands when they had Mike the Bear. I followed the story to the end. I cried.
The care and love these people have for “our” wildlife is eye opening. When most feel that wildlife doesn’t matter, or have no comparison for them, Woodlands provides the light for us to follow. Our animals matter and I’m happy to help by donating when possible.

Donor

Rating: 5

Love Woodland Wildlife Refuge! I've taken my grandsons there and on the way stopped for some things to donate - a way to teach them that all animals need our help too. And it also teaches them how to respect all animals.

Elisabet Mas P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked for them as a volunteer for a couple a months I can tell they care about animals and they try to perform as well as they can with the resources they have

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Woodlands provides a much needed service in our county and they do it with professionalism and a real passion for putting the animals first. Their number 1 goal is to get each case back to their natural and healthy state. The volunteers and full time workers set this non-profit above many others in the state.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful facility in Hunterdon County, NJ that helps injured wildlife then releases them back to nature when they are ready. I had an injured possum on my property and had no idea of who I could call for help. I found WWR on the internet, made only 1 call, received an immediate return call & the little possum was welcomed with open arms. I visited WWR about 2 months later and the little critter was still there just about ready for release, looking healthy and happy. I believe WWR is the only NJ approved bear rehabilitation center, too. That's HUGE when a facility can accomodate bears when needed. Their website is terrific-very informative with 3 webcams to monitor a lynx that cannot be returned to the wild, the bear cam, and one in house for various critters on the mend. New Jersey is VERY lucky to have such a top notch facility like WoodlandsWildlife Refuge. Every state should have facilities like this. Well deserved 5 star nonprofit! ☆☆☆☆☆

Client Served

Rating: 5

Woodlands Wildlife R. is utterly devoted to caring about Wildlife, which includes reptiles and other species that you would not expect. If I did not know about this rescue, I would not have known what to do with a recently found injured critter in my yard. They have specialists who care for these animals - specialists for most categories of species. They even have a tracking system for you to keep tabs on the animals that you want to know updates about.
It's a very clean, organized and professionally run facility. So glad that they are nearby and waiting to help 24/7.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The best non-profits are those that go about their business quietly and with the utmost passion for what they do. WWR is such an organization. They are truly dedicated to preserving, protecting, and rehabilitating wildlife from the tiniest bunnies to the greatest black bears. They respect every life and fight to heal every creature so that it may return to its natural habitat.
I am so privileged to know the fine folks at WWR who do the most tireless and selfless jobs.
If WWR isn't a "great non-profit" I'd like to know who is.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The fact that Woodlands Wildlife Refuge has been in existence for over 30 years demonstrates what a well run nonprofit this is. The staff and volunteers are knowledgeable and fully dedicated to helping NJ's injured and orphaned wildlife. Countless hours are spent ensuring animals receive the finest care in humanely every day of the year, all year round. The organization also focuses on educating the public on how to live in harmony with nature and wildlife that surrounds us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping at Woodlands is the first volunteer role that I have had and it has been more rewarding than I ever could have imagined. The leaders there are solidly aligned with their mission and with helping the volunteers and every other person they come in contact with to understand and appreciate their vision. If you are passionate about wildlife and looking for a way to give back, WWR has a number of wonderful ways to feed that need!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently retired from a fortune 500 company and was looking for ways to give back to the community. A friend knowing my love of animals pointed toward WWR. The staff and volunteers work tirelessly to ensure every animal who comes to them is rehabilitated and returned to the wild. This is so important in keeping our local eco system diverse and healthy, I am proud to be part of this noble effort

Donor

Rating: 5

Tracy Leaver, her staff, and volunteers at Woodlands Wildlife Refuge take the very best care of sick and orphaned animals. They care for the tiniest of critters, tube feeding them if needed, or large animals with greater needed. They facilitate surgery and medical interventions when needed, with the goal of always letting the animal return to its natural habitat. The few that cannot often remain as permanent educational animals and live at the refuge.
Simply put, WWR is THE BEST!