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Causes: Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: The mission of Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary is to: provide care and treatment to sick, injured or orphaned wild animal; rehabilitate them back to their wild state so they can be returned to their natural habitat, actively educate the public to care and support for the ecosystems and the environment in which they share with wildlife, and; to protect and preserve our native lands.

Results: Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary (ARWS) is a wildlife rehabilitation center that provides care to orphaned or injured wildlife. ARWS is licensed by the state of New Jersey to care for fawns, raccoon, skunks, opossums, squirrels, rabbits, woodchucks and other small mammals. The Sanctuary is an all-volunteer 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Warren County on a 120 acre preserved farm and is entirely supported by public donations.

Target demographics: wildlfie of NJ

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 1000 animals

Geographic areas served: Newton New Jersey, cover Warren and Sussex County

Programs: conservation, aniam husbandy, wildlife habitate and rehabilitation

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Antler Ridge for the past 3 years and love every minute I get to help the animals. It is so rewarding to see a young animal come in and get the care it needs to be released back into the wild. I have always loved helping animals and here at Antler Ridge I get a chance to make a difference. I'm so glad I am part of this extraordinary organization.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Antler Ridge is a great wildlife sanctuary that really cares about the animals and their community. They Know what they are doing and love what they do. It has been a great experience to be a part of such a great organization!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Greatest place anywhere for wildlife rehabilitation. ANTLER RIDGE!
Most skillful, caring, knowledgeable staff and volunteer group. Kelly is the greatest. Dr. Karen is the greatest.
The sanctuary cares for every stage / age of wildlife in need. Squirrels, raccoons, opossums, chipmunks, fawns, porcupines.... Everything.
The facility is clean and beautiful
Vounteers dedicated and tireless.
Every little life is important there.
They take in orphaned and often injured wildlife babies and also the older wildlife in need that may just need a chance to heal and recover from injury or stressful situations.
Successful rehabilitation = successful release into the wild as whole and healthy animals and this is so very important to our environment.
I support Antler Ridge in any way I can help. I have personally and from the animal hospital where i work, brought wildlife in need of care and comfort and rehabiltation to the experts at this amazing wildlife sanctuary, knowing they are at best place, and cherishing the success stories and releases of too many to count.

I want everyone to know how wonderful this place is and to also help them continue with all their good work.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I volunteered at Antler Ridge this past winter and it was a great experience. It helped me to get experience for what I want to be (a veterinarian). The owner, Kelly, and on-site veterinarian, Dr. Karen, both put in so much hard work for the animals and it is obvious to see that they care.

1 Sheila55

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started with Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary when my daughter left for college and could no longer volunteer. The rewards far exceeded my expectations. Caring for the baby and young animals has been wonderful. It has helped me to realize I can do much more than I thought. I enjoyed being there so much that I was able to also help out with gardening and help bring native plants along for the birds, bees, butterflies and other insects. Thank you Antler Ridge - yes I'm tired by the end of the season but I always can't wait for spring and the new arrivals to begin another gratifying and worthwhile season. Sheila

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary for over 5 years now. The work we do for the animals is amazing. We care for and save the lives of many small animals native to Northern NJ. On average a 1,000 animals a year. But we not only care for animals we also foster an atmosphere of love and support of all our volunteers and neighbors. We hold a joint fundraisers for both animal care and breast cancer support donating half of the profits for free mammograms for women in the community that can not afford them. I had a friend that volunteered as well and she was going through chemotherapy treatments and she called Antler Ridge the happiest place on earth. She said she needed to be there as part of her treatments to keep her spirits up.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary! Our rehab season starts in the spring & runs thru the fall. We take care of pretty much everything with fur & paws. The goal is to get these critters ready for release into their proper habitat. It's always a bittersweet day when I'm on my last shift. Already looking forward to next season!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Antler Ridge weekly for 3 years. I am in awe of the entire operation. All animals brought in are evaluated and then their care needs are developed. Careful records of progress are kept on all. And all are treated with tlc. I've participated in several releases - the best part in my opinion. It is a wonderful thing caring for orphaned and injured wildlife and then setting them free. Volunteers are awesome. Fundraising is handled and handled beautifully by talented volunteers.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Antler ridge is the best! As a veterinary technician, many clients wonder out loud about where they should take injured wildlife, and I always direct them to antler ridge. Kelly is extremely knowledgable and has truly dedicated her life to these animals, and of course Dr. Karen and all of the volunteers! Best place on earth for injured wildlife to hope to end up.

3 Jackie62

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for almost 5 years. Antler Ridge is a second home for me. The work we do there is very rewarding. I hold it very dear to my heart, all the volunteers do !

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is absolutely a heaven on Earth for animals! I have gone to ARWS a couple of times to help out my mom, who is a volunteer there, to just help out with the feeding and maintenance,etc. The entire facility is far beyond what I would have imagined for just a bunch of rescued animals, from baby possums and raccoons to funny llamas. I enjoy it every time I have the opportunity to go there. The animals are handled and cared for exceptionally well, with lots of love and respect. I particularly love the llama that gives me kisses whenever I walk near her, and the calf who like to play with me. Overall, this animal sanctuary deserves more than the 5-star rating, more like 6/5!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for hearing about Antler Ridge. I look forward to apprenticing and becoming a licensed rehabilitator as well. It is so satisfying to be able to help these baby or injured animals to grow up or regain their health and then back to their natural surroundings. This group is VERY caring and responds quickly to the animals needs. I hope they are there forever!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been going to Antler Ridge one day a week for over a year now. It is still as exciting now, as it was a year ago. To be given a chance to make a difference in these wild animals lives is very empowering. I have been trained by the Director, Kelly, to know which type of food to feed each species of infant, and how to care for them. In a few months, I will be eligible to be licensed as a wildlife rehabilitator, myself. This is very exciting. We care for raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, fawns, opossums, skunks and wood chucks. Many times we are given an adult animal that needs to recover from a life threatening incident. Usually this is caused by cars or our dogs and cats. Being able to help these animals and return them to the wild is very satisfying.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Antler Ridge far exceeded my hopes when, on 2 separate occassions, I happened upon injured wildlife. Not only is Antler Ridge amazingly responsive, considering the enormous responsibility they face on a daily basis, but completely compassionate. This winning combination makes Antler Ridge, in my opinion, a 5 star operation!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Antler ridge is a wildlfe rescue group that helps orphaned and injured wildlfe. they care for over 300 animals a year the mission is to rehabilitate them and release them back to the wild.