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Red Creek Wildlife Center Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: To offer a second chance to distressed Pennsylvania wildlife through rescue and rehabilitation, public education and by providing training for wildlife rehabilitators. Because Everything Deserves a Second Chance, we believe your charitable investment should be life changing for both animals and people.

Target demographics: Wildlife rehabilitation services are free to everyone in Pennsylvania.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 3000 wild animals each year are treated at Red Creek.

Geographic areas served: Pennsylvania

Programs: In addition to wildlife rehabilitation, Red Creek offers live raptor programs for schools, scouting groups, and community events. We also offer training for wildlife rehabilitators. Red Creek is also building an on-line training center for wildlife rehabilitators, targeted to open in the fall of 2010. The web address is www.WildlifeRehabilitationSchool.net

Community Stories

108 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is awesome! My family and I found a rabbit nest that was in danger in our yard, our dog injured one of the seven bunnies. To keep them safe, we brought them inside in a box. We called several places to find out what we could do to help these 2 day old bunnies. All of the places offered no help, and one told us to place the box of bunnies in an abandoned place and "let nature have its way with them". Horrified, I almost gave up hope. I called Red Creek Wildlife center and the woman (Peggy) was so helpful and understanding. She said I could bring them there, and she informed me that the sooner the better. I drove an hour and a half, and dropped them off. Peggy even gave me a case # so that we could call and check on the status of the bunnies. This place, and the people who run it really know what they are doing and have a genuine, passionate care for rescuing wildlife. Thank you Red Creek Wildlife Center!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Exceptional, compassionate, caring people who are ready and willing 24hours a day to take in and rehabilitate injured animals. Its comforting to know that if an animal is found injured there is a wildlife center you can take them to knowing that they will receive the best of care, Thank you Red Creek for ALL that you do!

Missy Z.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There has NEVER been a time that I have called Red Creek and not gotten a voice on the other line telling me to bring the injured animal I have found in right away. Wether it was the snapping turtle that was hit along the road, baby mice that were found abandoned in a garage or a robin that almost drowned in our pond. The staff at Red Creek are AMAZING and have always been there when we found an animal that needed them! And to think they do it all out of love, not money is mind blowing. Any hour of the day, they are there waiting for your call. Please support this great cause!!!

Shuey B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to Red Creek Wildlife Center, the injured baby robin we found has a good chance of surviving to become a wild, free bird. We were so impressed with the caring, levels of knowledge and skill, dedication, and the sheer numbers and variety of wildlife that have been saved, nurtured and given a chance by this great organization, year after year. We are impressed and so glad to meet rare people like this.
Sue and John Winchester

Client Served

Rating: 5

A hatchling bird was found at my workplace late on a Friday afternoon. Because my sister had been a voluteer at Red Creek I knew who to call.
I dropped off the bird and both Peggy and Morry were very kind, and informative. They really went out of their way to explain what their organization does. Despite them being busy, you could tell that they really have a passion for what they do, given that they took the time to share with us. My sister had often talked about Red Creek and how busy they were, but until I visited I didn't really get it. They are sooo busy and this is their whole life. I was struck that I was all hyped up for a nice dinner out on Friday night, and I have a feeling Peggy and Morry didn't have that luxury.

Penelope O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

my two children and one of their friends and I drove a baby squirrel from Topton to Red Creek last summer. The staff was incredibly caring and took time to show my children some of the animals in their care and explain their injuries and treatment process. I purchased a book of wildlife care and gave a small donation. I wish it could have been more since there are way too few resources for wildlife rehab. Thank you for all you do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Redcreek for about five or six years now and have witnessed first hand the amazing work that Peggy and Morrie do. I have never met anyone more dedicated or passionate in their mission than these individuals. No matter what, the animals always come first at Redcreek. Peggy is also a fantastic teacher. Under her instruction, I've learned more than I could have ever hoped. I've also taken a couple of her classes that she has instructed and was very impressed at the information presented and how diligently Peggy worked with anyone that had a question or concern. Peggy and Morrie are always educating, whether it's at the rehabilitation center to volunteers and those bringing in animals or directed towards the general public at educational events, festivals, or school programs. I've volunteered at several locations and held many, many jobs, but I've never felt as though I've learned so much or fostered such meaningful relations than during the time I spend working at Redcreek.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found a cat toying with a baby rabbit in my yard one day. I chased the cat away and picked up the rabbit and put in a shoe box. I called my local vet and they gave me the red creek phone number. They took the rabbit in the back room and diagnosed that he she had a good chance of making it. They gave me a phone number to call to check in on the rabbit to see how it is doing, later when I called I was told it was fine and would be released. The center has so many animals and they look after every one as if it was there own pet. They are very professional, friendly and deserve all the blessings they have due to them for the good work they perform!

Catherine R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My mother and I had found two fresh-out-of-the-egg Wrens in our backyard and we looked high and low for their nest but could find it. They were awfully young to be left alone without proper care but we didn't know where to take them. So, we to toke them to the SPCA and figured they would know a wildlife rehabilitator. They referred us to the Red Creek Wildlife Center and gave us directions. When we took the Wrens to Red Creek, they accepted them right away. They even told us that they were eating, and that they would be placed with a foster mother. It made me happy to hear that they were going to grow up and have a chance to live.
Red Creek Wildlife Center's facilities were very clean and had no odor. All of the animal cages that I saw were very clean and well kept. This is a very nice center and I would gladly refer them to a friend. :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are no rehab facilities in my county so when I found Red Creek and called about taking in a baby rabbit I had found they were more than willing! This little one suffered an unknown injury and after attempting to renest him, I found out after a few days mom hadn't been feeding him. He needed urgent care and Peggy and Morrie couldn't be more willing to provide that care. I can't wait to find out how my little friend is doing. He was trying to suck on Peggy's finger while she examined him, so I'm taking that as a good sign for his will to live!

Kelly O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization! Within an hour of finding a fawn, Red Creek called me back and directed me to their facility. Upon arrival, the fawn was immediately looked over, fed, combed, and on her way to a new life. We got a mini tour of their facility, saw the amazing work they do, and left with a great feeling of awe for this wildlife center. I have since directed a number of people there with wildlife finds and they had the same treatment. LOVE this place!

Kat Or Kathy M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Have provided online wildlife hotline training for our volunteers at another nonprofit states away and it was a great online experience for our volunteers.

Kate W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Had my first experience with a wild life rescue and I was so thankful Red Creek was so close and so accessible. It was a late night and someone answered the phone immediately and was even available for me to drop off the little bird I found that same night! At 9pm! I honestly was expecting to have to leave a message and get a return call in the morning. The attentiveness of Red Creek makes all the difference!

Betsy B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Red Creek Wildlife Center has helped me twice with baby bunnies. Both times my dog or neighbor's dog found a nest and destroyed the nest but left babies unharmed. The first time I ended up taking the babies to Red Creek where they took over for me and the second time was far more successful just by taking their advice over the phone. I only had to relocate the second bunch of babies and I caught sight of momma bunny finding them within a few hours. Red Creek Wildlife Center provides a great and needed service to our area!!!

Barbara P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I have taken many injured, sick and stranded animals to Red Creek. The first was a squirrel I found in the middle of Route 183. He let me pick him up, so I knew he was hurt. They treated and released him back into the wild. Another time it was about two dozen ducklings stranded on Route 78! Red Creek found a good home for them for us. It is wonderful to have such a great nonprofit there to help out these animals when they need it.

Jess C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last spring a mallard duck made a nest inside my fenced yard. I called Red Creek for help. Peggy was so helpful. She answered all my questions and gave me tons of advice. I learned a lot about ducks that day. Peggy eased my worries and made me realize that this mother duck could successfully have her babies in my backyard. She encouraged me to call back if I had questions or concerns. Sadly, a wild animal ransacked the nest while the mother was gone. However, I am grateful for the help I received from Red Creek and often tell others about their helpfulness.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Peggy and Maury are ALWAYS there to help. Whenever we have had a wildlife emergency, it is usually at a most inconvenient hour or day, such as evenings or Sundays. They are there anyway and ready to help. We have taken 2 nests of baby bunnies, 2 de-nested robins and an injured woodpecker to them and I thank the Lord that he has sent them my way! They are good people and do great work. Also, their demonstrations they do at public events are very informative and I always leave there having learned something new.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Red Creek Wildlife Center rehabilitated a great horned owl that was found wounded on the street in front of our house. They later released it where it was found and it is now back with its mate living peacefully in our woods.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Just this morning I found a small bird that was having trouble flying. It was flying into houses and windows and eventually gave up on the ground. I pick it up and put in a box. Then I went online and started to research what I should do with it. I called the several agencies and wildlife rescues and got answers like "it will fly away in a few days, leave it there" and "you're on your own". I finally called Red Creek Wildlife Center and Lori explained what she thought might be wrong with the bird and that it needed to be brought in. Unfortunately I could not drive the bird all the way to Red Creek so Lori offered to meet me halfway so that the bird could get help. I was worried that I would not know how to help the bird and Red Creek Wildlife Center (Lori) went out of their way to help this 'one little bird'. Thank you!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Kat Hummel. I have been a volunteer at Red Creek Wildlife Center for about a year. I am extremely proud to be involved at this facility. There is a lot I can say. I personally am most impressed with the success rate in the animals that are rehabilitated at Red Creek. The process of the animal intake, then the initial exam, and then the constant care the animal receives until its release is truly amazing. Red Creek has been evolving and expanding everyday since I've started, which is a necessity in a growing organization. The volunteer staff are such caring and hard working people, I have made some great friends there.
I have attending a few education programs and have nothing but positive things to say about them. Passing the knowledge of wildlife onto the general public is key in wildlife rehabilitation. I have also taken Peggy Hentz's Wildlife Emergency Telephone Operator Course. This was a great experience. Now I have the training I need to commute with the public on injured or abandoned wildlife. This communication is very important so the animal can get the proper care it needs from the beginning of the phone call. Obviously nothing bad I can say about Red Creek. Love it there!!