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Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue

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Causes: Animals, Education, Educational Services, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Public & Societal Benefit, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Our Mission: To heal the sick and injured/orphaned animals brought to us and ready them for release back into our Urban Wilds. To educate people of all ages in the wonder and enjoyment of wildlife and nature and why it is so vital we protect it. To teach patience and compassion so that urban wildlife is viewed in a more positive light by everyone- not as pests, but as important co-habitators of our environment. When an injured or orphaned wildlife mammal is found, we nurse these animals back to a healthy state where they are able to be released back into the wild. Through education to children and adults alike, we try to raise awareness of these wild residents of our cities in the hope that a better co-habitation will lead to less injuries/orphans and more enjoyment of the urban wildlife with which we share our cities.

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was always my dream to work with wildlife -- and to help with the integration between people and wildlife that is increasingly necessary as our urban areas encroach upon wildlife habitat. Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue trained me to work with orphaned and injured raccoons such that they can be re-released back into the wild. Throughout my work with YUWR over the past four years, I have been impressed with the incredible dedication and commitment that the director, Lila Travers, has shown in her care for wild creatures and for educating the public. It is not only a matter of knowing and sharing her knowledge on how care for these animals, she also works tirelessly to raise funds and, procure donations of food, medicine, and veterinary care. This organization has touched the lives of countless people and wild creatures, and I pray that it can continue to do so.

Review from Guidestar

8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Yggdrasil Urban WIldlife Rescue has become an integral and necessary part of educating people as much as saving wildlife. I have known the director, LIla Travis, for many years and her unwavering dedication to saving animals in need combined with working to educate people about living with wildlife is unprecedented. The entire group of people; volunteers, donors, veterinary clinics, et al that are involved with YUWR are amazing. I believe to lose this valuable community service would be an absolute tragedy. Not only for the wildlife, but the people that are touched every day by something YUWR has been involved in (like perhaps that squirrel in your tree was an orphan and released by them). All of the animals that have to come to the facility are treated very very well. Giving them as much a chance as possible to return to a wild life. They are loved, cared for and not to mention completely adorable. The vast knowledge of critter habits, human cohabitation and general husbandry this organization has should be wholly supported in any way possible.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Yggdrasil trained me to raised orphaned baby squirrels. My childen (and myself!) learned a lot about urban wildlife in the process. The staff at Yggdrasil was OUTSTANDING. They even made a house a call at 9:00 pm on a Sunday night to deliver antibiotics to our house when one of the baby squirrel in our charge got sick.

Review from Guidestar

9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ygdrasil may sound like a funny name, but the work they do is serious and amazing. They not only give injured and orphaned wildlife treatment that allows these animals to be released healthy, back to their natural environment, but also help people peacefully coexist with wildlife. YUWR helps people understand the seasonal causes of wildlife behaviors and how to address any problem behavior as an alternative to having wildlife trapped and killed. Ca law prohibits relocating trapped wildlife, so trappers kill animals that enter cage traps baited with cat food. Most importantly, trapping doesn't address the cause of the problem or prevent recurrence. YUWR does. It's impossible to remove all of the wildlife who's 2-5 mile home territory crosses your property. YUWR offers education and inexpensive effective DIY solutions. I give them 4 stars out of 4. The programs offered in schools that teach children about the animals we share our environment with are also excellent. I've heard reports from teachers that the kids couldn't talk about anything else for days.

Review from Guidestar

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Yggdrasil review - June 2010 My admiration and appreciation for Yggdrasil goes beyond the few words I write here. Lila Travis (and Megan Isadore who works with their raccoons) do us all a great, under-appreciated service. Completely devoted to helping animals, they simultaneously help humans improve their relations with the smaller wild animals many of us leave near, but often take for granted in our increasingly urbanized and busy culture. Thanks to their volunteer (!) efforts, I've learned (their) wildlife work benefits not only the animals they help directly—i.e., saving their lives, usually after humans have killed their parents, either accidentally with cars or intentionally (and unnecessarily) by calling in old-fashioned "pest control" "experts." Their mission is a mix of direct, hands-on help, a community clearinghouse of rational information and, no less vital, their sharing, via their actions, a humane, ethical world view desperately needed in these times. This vision is of a future, like in humanity's relatively recent past, in which we live in greater harmony and appreciation of our wild animal neighbors. I say visit their websites and donate what you can—or even better, get personally involved, preferably with your family and/or kids, and have a blast!

Review from Guidestar

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Center for many years through my employer Children’s Fairyland. We would often call the center when we had a sick or injured squirrel, raccoon, hummingbird, opossums or any of the other wild animals that call Fairyland home. They have been a tremendous help to us by providing information or assistance with all of our critters. It has been a great relief to know that whenever we need help or have a question, that they are just a phone call away. Yggdrasil has spent many hours caring for wildlife and giving us updates on the furry critters that we have become so attached an invested in. I believe in their mission so much that earlier this year I took my relationship with their organization a step further. Yggdrasil is an all volunteer non-profit cooperation that relies heavily on community support. After brining one of Fairylands abandoned baby squirrels to her, I ended up falling in love with some of her other orphaned babies. I decided to volunteer my time to work with their organization on a personal basis separate from my employer. I fostered several baby squirrels and I have to say that that experience has changed my life. I’ve also donated personal funds to their organization because I believe that it’s a valuable community resource and of extreme importance to the wildlife in the Bay Area. I can not express enough the amazing work that they do and how much I feel truly blessed to be apart of their organization.

Review from Guidestar

8

Donor

Rating: 5

I have researched/contacted many wildlife rescue centers across the country and chose YUWR as my only charity recipient. I like it because it's a small center without big sponsors. Lila the Director of YUWR and her team are such warmhearted, passionate animal lovers. I had chance to meet both Lila and her raccoon team leader Megan.I was so touched by their hard work and gentle souls............. They not only take care of needy wildlife, they make the small donors like me feel very special. They are deserving of more help from big organizations. Thanks to all you volunteers, our animal world is a more wonderful place.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lila has devoted her life to saving all sorts of wildlife. She truly cares and has an extraordinary depth and breadth of knowledge. I'm a volunteer for her raccoon team, and I'd like to see her be able to expand her operation instead of having to close it. There are lots more animals who need to be saved, and Lila is a gift devoted to that cause.

Review from Guidestar

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lila was great ! When we discovered a family of raccoons had set up housekeeping in our garage, she immediately referred us to nbcnbc, who gave us just the right advice on how to entice the mom and her babies to move out. It took overnight, but by the next morning they were gone. And it was all done in a way that was safe for us and safe for the raccoons.

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9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I found a baby squirrel in distress and were able to find Yggdrasill urban wildlife rescue on line we look the squirrel to the Montclair vet and she recovered I was so fascinated with what they were doing for animals I volunteered as a foster mom. I fostered 4 adorable squirrels and learned so much about or local wild life from Yggdrasil. It was a wonderful experience and I will gladly do it again. I’m so glad that in such an urban area there is someplace for the wild life that are so offend the ones trampled on and decimated to be cared for.

Review from Guidestar

10 sqrrlady

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am President of Injured & Orphaned Wildlife(I.O.W.) based in Campbell, California we are a 501 (c) 3 Non=profit Incorporated in 1987. Before Yggdrrasil came into existence we received numerous calls from the Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda areas from people just frantic to find some help for this little bird or squirrel they had just found. There was no facility in that area except for a 40-45 minute drive. Some people brought their "finds" down to I.O.W. in Campbell. Others did not. When Yggdrasil was fformed I was elated and they have filled a much needed niche. It has always been a pleasure working with them and I hope our mutual cooperation and helping of wildlife continues for many years.

Review from Guidestar

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The first time I walked into Yggdrasil, it saddened me to see a squirrel missing an eye because somebody found him injured and kept him at home without getting the eye treated. There were opossums and fawns that had been orphaned or injured by cars. It was uplifting to provide them care and comfort. Without Yggdrasil, there would be no one to help these animals.

Review from Guidestar

9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been the raccoon team leader for YUWR for 4 years. In the past 10 years, I've volunteered with 3 different wildlife centers, and I like YUWR the best by far. Because it's a small center and most of the animal care is foster care, we can be very flexible and very specific in our support of each animal we look after. There's room in the organization for all kinds of people, with all kinds of talents and abilities. Lila, the Director of YUWR, is one of the kindest, gentlest and smartest women I know, and never stops working for the animals. I love working with Lila because of her intelligence, flexibility and good nature, as well as the wonderful way she has of making everyone feel appreciated for the work they do. I love working with YUWR because I feel so privileged to work closely with wildlife, and to have the freedom to do everything I can to improve the foster care experience for both the animals and the volunteers. I can't recommend YUWR more highly!

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue organization is dedicated to saving injured and orphaned animals that share our urban environment. Some do not know this, but we in the Bay Area live among a variety of wildlife. For example, deer. Yggdrasil recently nursed three orphaned baby deer back to health and acclimated them into the wild. This among the many activities of this dedicated staff and its growing group of volunteers. Help Yggdrasil by volunteering or by your generous donations.

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