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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

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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 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.