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Woodlands Wildlife Refuge Inc

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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.

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

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.

1

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.

1

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! :)

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was introduced to this wonderful organization and the gloved angels who work there in February 2015 through the live web cam that featured Mike the orphaned bear cub. I was one of those who became addicted to watching this beautiful little bear and became impressed with the care he received at Woodlands. Though his life was short he enriched and educated many people. Since his passing, Woodlands has installed cameras with help from the MFC (Mike's Fan Club) and has increased their ability to educate (and entertain) the public of the wide variety of animals they care for each year (1,100 animals so far in 2016). The dedicated, professional staff (and volunteers) go above and beyond to care for and enrich the lives of all the animals they receive in preparation of returning them to the wild. Woodlands Wildlife Refuge is at the top of my short list of organizations I support with monetary donations (or items they need) whenever I am able.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It has been my great privilege to watch the exemplary work of the fine dedicated staff at WWR. They lovingly care for each and every animal they receive while maintaining a clean environment for them. I've even seen them spend many long nights at the refuge to ensure the animals receive the necessary ongoing care before they are returned to the wild. They deserve the greatest praise for their work.

3 Christine194

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the work that Woodlands Wildlife Refuge does. They care for the littlest mouse to the largest bear and everyone in between. We need more places like that in New Jersey and all over!!

2 Christie P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Woodlands is an excellent wildlife rehabilitation facility.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Woodlands Wildlife Refuge does an incredible job of protecting animals from an otherwise uncertain future. People bring in all kinds of injured and abandoned animals, and no critter is turned away. I am so amazed at the tireless work that they do. This year, I believe that they have cared for over 1,000 animals who came to them with various injuries and illnesses. It is so heartwarming to know that people like this exist. Their compassion of animals is endless and I am happy that I have gotten to know some of the staff. Wishing them continued success and support.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have always had a positive experience with Woodlands Wildlife. The staff are courteous and caring individuals. The facility is clean. So glad to have compassionate caring people helping our local wildlife in need!

2 Catey

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They go above and beyond for the animals in their care! I've attended some of their fundraising events and their employees and volunteers have the biggest hearts and passion for what they do. They are a necessity to the wildlife they save and release.

3 Vivian B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am writing this review because I believe so strongly about Woodlands Wildlife and the difference this refuge makes for our community. Not only do they rescue/save/rehabilitate huge amounts of small animals and large, but they also educate young people and adults. It is clean, professional and organized. Veterinarians in training are involved from time to time, not to mention the staff that dedicates many hours during the crazy spring/summer when hundreds of injured and/or abandoned critters arrive daily. Hats off to you Woodlands!!