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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

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

1 Ellory Shaw F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow them on facebook and the amount of furrbabies they save is incredible. This organization really cares about all creatures and it's really obvious.

1 Kristina Keller W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We found an injured squirrel in our yard and contacted Woodlands. They called back quickly with instructions and we were able to transport him to their facility for treatment. Highly recommended!

1 Scott T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteered my time there and have to say that every dime goes into the care and feeding of the animals. I have seen Tracy take in every hurt and abandoned animal and not give up hope. Even when humans try to put baby bunnies in trees thinking they are squirrels. We dubbed that one tree bunny.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are no words to describe the level of care and effort put into everyday by every person who volunteers at Woodlands. Every animal that comes through the door is given the same attentive care from chipmunks to bobcats and more. The staff members go above and beyond to rehabilitate and help the volunteers provide the best care possible. Overall, Woodlands is a superb place of healing and growth for NJ wildlife. I love volunteering here.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Woodlands Wildlife Refuge. The work that goes into running this site is nonstop. The staff work very hard to care for, rehab and release well over 1000 wild animals a year as well as the education animals that will live the rest of their lives at the center. These women with a small army of volunteers do amazing work. They are knowledgeable and are constantly learning new techniques. I have also helped with fundraising, which is just countless hours for these ladies. This is an excellent nonprofit organization with great leadership.

Valerie Phillips

1 Wendy G.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Good people helping our native wildlife. I can't say enough about this organization. Facilities helping wildlife are few and far between and they do an excellent job undoing the harm humans do to native wildlife and getting them back where they belong. Powered by volunteers and donations of private citizens.
I was lucky enough to visit the facility and it's nice to see generous people making this possible and having the welfare of the animals first.

2 Sandi A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my 7th season as a volunteer at Woodlands Wildlife Refuge. My heart grows bigger each time I experience first hand the wild babies growing up and being released back into the wild. So much time and effort goes into their care and the care of injured wildlife as well. It's all about second chances and letting these wild animals be wild and free. Woodlands does amazing work and has an awesome staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Woodlands is an outstanding nonprofit organization that rehabilitates the innocent lives of wildlife. Their volunteers work very hard in order to release as many wildlife species as possible. Woodlands also does a great job educating the community about everything they do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Woodlands has far exceeded any and all expectations regarding wildlife care. They deserve way more than the 5 stars available here. The very small group of ladies who comprise the staff put in an immense amount of time and effort in what they do, and are fiercely dedicated to keep things running smoothly. The staff, volunteers, and interns work late into the night EVERY DAY to ensure that all animals taken in are fed and cared for, often before themselves. There is no "weekend" when it comes to an injured bear, an orphaned baby squirrel, or a starving raccoon. The behind-the-scenes necessities are more than anyone can imagine: food preparation, laundering blankets and towels, keeping the workrooms and care areas safe and sanitary, among many other time consuming and meticulous things. Once an animal is healthy enough to be released back into the wild, every single person who contributes there can be proud to know they've made a difference. Woodlands also provides various educational programs and plans exciting fundraising events - and this is on top of all of the daily needs at the refuge. If you ever need wildlife assistance, this is the FIRST place you should go.

Donor

Rating: 5

The four women running this refuge, along with all the volunteers, truly put their heart and souls into Woodlands. The amount of work that goes into animal care, running the refuge, and coordinating fundraising events & educational programs is endless. That such a small group can manage all this on their own is worthy of a 5-star review. I am proud to support Woodlands in their efforts!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at Woodlands and am so impressed at their professionalism at every detail about every animal so they can send all the info the the main wildlife professionals. Plus their detail to keeping everything clean and at a perfect temps. I am in deep respect at how their run this wonderplace.

1 Tiffany V.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a fantastic organization, do absolutely amazing work! The staff truly loves doing what they do and they even continue their work as warriors for animals when they're not at the sanctuary. They bring in wounded animals that they themselves find, and they direct the public to bring injured animals to them at the sanctuary. The BEST part is that they're doing it because they believe that every. Little. Soul. On this earth....MATTERS! :)

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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.