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Center for Wildlife, Inc.

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: The mission of the Center for Wildlife is to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick and injured wild animals, and educate the public about wildlife and the habitats they need to survive.

Geographic areas served: Maine, NH, New England

Programs: Wildlife Assistance Hotline, Medical Treatment and Rehabilitation Clinic, Research, Training, Education & Awareness Programs

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21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center for Wildlife (CFW) provides a unique, priceless service to the inhabitants of Maine and coastal New Hampshire. Care for the animals is not limited to direct interaction with injured wildlife. Rather, CFW helps to prevent the injuries in the first place through programs and events aimed at increasing public awareness and stewardship. I have volunteered at open house events for several years. Each year, CFW and their partners have evolved, learning from the past failures and successes, embracing this knowledge to better hone their services. Should the Center ever fail to exist, it would leave a void in these communities, a void that would impact young and old, as well as the wildlife.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last summer I was an intern at the Center for Wildlife. The internship ended in September and I've been a volunteer since. It is absolutely amazing the work and care that goes into helping each and every animal that passes through the door which is well above the thousands by now. Most importantly, all wild animals are treated as such to give them the best possible chance of remaining wild. There have been many times in the 8 months I've been there that someone will bring us an injured animal and tell us it has been very good and still and sat in their lap and let them pet it the whole way there. Such a circumstance can be very frustrating for a rehabber to hear considering that WILD animals do not let people "pet" them and they are just too terrified or injured to attempt to defend themselves, after all they see humans as a predator. For example, a cottontail had arrived with a mom in a minivan with her children once. Cottontails are high stress animals as it is and you can imagine how terrified the animal must have been with all the noise and the young children touching him. Sadly the rabbit died within minutes of arrival, most likely from the stress. Rather than getting upset or assigning blame in situations like these, the staff members are exceptionally patient and courteous with the public and take the time to explain to them what to do differently should a similar situation arise again. They are professional and excellent at what they do. Providing examinations, food, clean cages and medicine and as stress-free an environment as possible to the animals while receiving no state/federal funding. I am proud to volunteer there and I love doing it. You never know what you'll be asked to do, feed baby birds, clean a cage, weigh an animal, make platters, etc... There is always so much to be done! It's all worth it when you see the animal get to go back to it's natural home. Last summer we released four broad winged hawks atop Mount A and it was truly an indescribable feeling to watch the birds we received as fledglings take majestic laps around the mountain, finally well and free.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've led vernal pool walks and helped with the CFW's open house events. They perform a marvelous service for both the injured wildlife they rehabiliate and the community in terms of their environmental education programs. The looks of wonder and excitement on the faces of small children and their parents when on a CFW "Owl Prowl" or amphibian "Big Night" give a sense of how crucial the CFW's mission is, and what an impact it has in raising awareness about nature and the mounting threats to the environment. The CFW is the last resort for thousands of injured wildlife in this large region; they offer a "second lease on life" for many animals, including many endangered species in southern Maine. They are a very committed & talented staff, working all hours, and with a small budget, doing crucial work that balances animal and human needs. In that sense I think they are a model organization, well worth your support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center for Wildlife is a unique and wonderful place in the state of Maine. Fifteen years ago I found some baby squirrels in my yard. The mother was dead. What to do? I found out about the Center and quickly brought the squirrels there. They were nurtured until they were old enough to be released. The expert care and genuine compassion for all animals that come through there is remarkable. They treat a field mouse with as much care as they do an eagle. The center has provided educational programs. They bring bats and snakes, owls and turtles. This service helps educate young children the importance of bats. I have been volunteering there since I discovered them so long ago. The quality of my life has improved because of my association with them. I have an increased awareness of wildlife and feel secure knowing that there is a place to take our injured animals in the area. Please consider The Center for Wildlife. Thank you, Hanna Frank

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The center is amazing, all the staff and volunteers are so dedicated and willing to help new volunteers learn. The lengths they all go to treat and rescue every single little animal that comes to the center is incredible. Its so nice to have a place to bring injured or abandoned animals that not many people would consider worth saving.

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Miranda K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the Center for Wildlife for two years. I had a zoology degree and working there gave me invaluable experience which helped me later find a career in wildlife rehabilitation. During my time there, I began to see how critical it is to have this rehabilitation center up and running. It is the only major wildlife center in Southern Maine. They provide so much time and effort for mammals, birds, and reptiles. The staff goes above and beyond for every injured animal. They make do with what they have and they do a fantastic job with it. But it would be so nice for them to have the funds for new caging, a better facility, or better equipment to help the wildlife of Maine. They help so many animals, and I can remember countless times having to come up with caging ideas on the spot to accommodate every animal! I would love to see this facility expand with the proper funding, they provide amazing rehabilitation for wildlife and wonderful education for the public.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have taken several birds over the years to the Center For WIldlife and it's such a good feeling knowing that these injured birds and other animals have at least a fighting chance at being rehabbed. If by chance they cannot be saved, they will at least die humanely. Most of the birds I have found have been injured by human contact, albeit unintended, such as the beautiful hawk I found that had been struck by a car. I was able to transport the hawk in an open box--it never struggled or attempted to escape. It was incredible to see such a bird up close.
Thank you Center For Wildlife for being there for the many unfortunat wild creatures that need your help!

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Fred G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CFW is a truly remarkable organization. With no federal or state funding, they are able to provide excellent medical care to a wild animal population that would otherwise go by the wayside. Thousands of birds, small mammals, and reptiles benefit from their care each year and the CFW asks for very little in return for their efforts.

They are largely volunteer-powered and paid staff are by no means getting rich! There is an overall atmosphere of a true passion for the mission there that is infectious and leads to people falling in love with the Center over and over.

Furthermore, they leverage their animal care to provide educational opportunities to the community - whether it is a program in schools or libraries, or simply to educate a member of the public who comes in to drop off an animal - they are helping humans and wildlife coexist more peacefully in Southern Maine.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with The Center for Wildlife for over 15 years. In that time, the organization has gone from a small wildlife rehabilitation center operating out of a trailer with no running hot water, to a facility with. among other things, an indoor treatment center, an outdoor enclosure for eagles, and an impressive educational building. But one thing has remained consistent: the dedication, hard work, love, and complete commitment of the staff, volunteers, and Board to caring for injured and orphaned wild animals, always with the goal of returning them to the wild and their native habitat.

As someone who has volunteered at CFW for many years, served on the Board, and brought in my share of injured animals to receive care, I have enough stories to fill many pages. All of them are about wild animals in desperate need of help, and the Center being there to provide it. It is the only facility in the area to do this work, and without it, far too many animals would die. They would never get that second chance the Center gives them.

So thank you, everyone at CFW, for all that you do. I hope you realize how very much you and your work are appreciated!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered over 1 1/2 years at the York Center for Wild LIfe. It was an amazing experience - to be so close to wild life, helping to feed, clean enclosures and be with an incredibly caring, dedicated staff. It's pretty tough during those long winter months in Maine, and they never miss a day - the animals need them and that's that. While always remembering that the animals are wild and being aided to go back to the wild, I made close acquaintanceships with porcupines, opossum, beautiful falcons, hawks and owls as well as innumerable birds, squirrels and ducks. I also got to see an albatross who had gotten blown inland during a storm. They never turn down a wounded animal and survive mainly on donations, which makes what they do even more admirable and amazing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern at CFW a few summers ago, and one day I was sitting at the desk when a large, gruff, mechanic-type looking man came in. In his hands was a small washcloth, which he held out to me. Inside, was a nearly newborn mouse. Apparently the mice had nested inside his lawnmower, and he "didn't want to talk about" the rest of the story. He was close to tears. I think that moment really exemplified the importance of CFW to me. People want to be able to help wildlife and rarely have the means to do so. It's important for people to give back to wildlife, and it helps raise awareness, especially with regards to suffering turtle populations in the area. Everyone who works there is worth their weight in gold. I mean that, truly. It was a wonderful experience, they treat their interns and volunteers like family, and their role in the community is so important.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center For Wildlife is an amazing place staffed by caring and talented individuals who demonstrate their love of wildlife every day. As a volunteer I have learned so much that I can pass on to others to increase awareness of our native animals, and the difficulties they face in their world. As a preschool teacher I feel that I am educating the future stewards of the earth to be more aware of the effects of our actions on wildlife and the environment.

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Giles C.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

York Center for Wildlife provides an important service in southern Maine, caring for and rehabilitating wildlife. They also have educational outreach programs which help children and adults gain a closer understanding and relationship with wildlife and nature.

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Candice C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at The Center For Wildlife for over 5 years now. I love it there! The staff and other volunteers are so great and caring to all!!! It is a fun and loving environment. I have also had to bring injured animals in and they do everything the help save the animals that come in.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

very fulfiling to work the love to help the animals and make a difference

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Erin B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the Center for Wildlife for almost three years now and it has been the most rewarding experience I've ever had. Everyone at CFW has been so nice to me and extremely helpful, not to mention the hardest workers I've ever met. Every day they put in 150% to help injured wildlife recuperate and eventually return to the wild if possible. This organization deserves recognition for the amazing work they do with what little money and resources they have. I have seen animals brought back from the brink of death and later released in perfect health, and it's so amazing to watch and be a part of. I only wish there were more resources available to CFW to build more enclosures and hire more help because of the number of animals that come in (over 1600 animals every year!) CFW also provides educational outreach to the community using the ambassador animals that are non-releasable. Children and adults alike love seeing the live animal presentations and learning about wildlife. OK I know this is a long review but I could go on for hours about CFW and I hope to continue volunteering there for many years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently started working here at the Center for Wildlife and I immediately fell in love with the place and the animals. While working here one is able to obtain hands-on work with wildlife and help them make a full recovery. I have learned a lot in only a short amount of time. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. I never feel uncomfortable asking a question because I know I will be met with a charismatic and intelligent answer. The people that work here love their job and you can see that when you watch them work with the animals. The animals here receive the best and compassionate care. This is a great place to volunteer and hopefully the Center will be around for a very long time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found the Center for Wildlife when I encountered an injured bird that needed help. When I brought the bird to the center I filled out a brief form which included a check if I wanted to learn whether my bird survived and when it would be released. My bird did not survive, but I always felt grateful that I'd found CFW to give the poor thing a chance.

Some years later I wanted to visit CFW to see if I could help in any way. That very day I began as a volunteer. As a teacher I could only volunteer during summer, but that is when the need for volunteers is the greatest.

My first summers were occupied by learning how to care for every kind of bird from the tiniest to large birds of prey. I also helped with turtles and small mammals in the most rewarding situations I'd ever experienced.

Over time however I discovered my greatest talent and interest was working with and caring for baby songbirds, seabirds, woodpeckers, etc. I was in awe of how quickly a tiny featherless creature could eat, grow, explore and exercise their wings indoors; and eventually fly in the outside enclosures. And most exciting of all when the bird began to feed itself...be released again into the wild where they belonged!The work I did with the wildlife, other volunteers and staff at the Center for Wildlife makes me proud to this day because I know I made a difference.

I didn't begin the journey with CFW until I was 55 years old. I was privileged to see a small organization of dedicated naturalists expand, improve, and grow to build the extraordinary rehab facility it is today. I volunteered every summer until my joints and muscles began to fail me. I still miss the privilege of being so close to all the birds, mammals and reptiles that the Center for Wildlife offered me. The passion I felt about my work with CFW spread to all of the children and families that passed though my classroom door over all those years as well. I am forever grateful for CFW because it opened my mind to how fragile all living things are, and that we can each make a difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center for wildlife gives wild birds and animals that are injured a chance to survive. As a volunteer, I feel privileged to assist the dedicated staff members in rehabilitating injured wildlife. We have had the honor of helping bald eagles, osprey, peregrine falcons, various species of hawks, songbirds, opossum, porcupines, and many squirrels. The center offers help for animals that would otherwise die in the wild, whether it be by the side of the road after being struck by a car, attacked by a domestic animal, or just found injured in the forest. The staff is an extremely dedicated, intelligent group that had opportunities to continue their work in corporate America, but chose instead to help our planet.
I have volunteered at the CFW for 5 years and feel honored to be able to have the opportunity.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have wanted to volunteer at CFW for two years, and the minute I turned seventeen, I applied and began to volunteer there. I have also formed a student organization at my high school to fundraise and raise awareness for the center and wildlife. I have had an amazing experience at CFW. From the first day i arrived for orientation and was taught how to clean turtles and make "opossum platters", I felt welcomed and supported by the people who work there and the atmosphere of the place. Take a long, winding, bumpy road past horses and goats, pass a lake on your left, and halfway up the side of a mountain sits the well hidden right turn marked with a painted wooden sign. Here is where I feel at home. The animals are taken care of with unmatched care and compassion. Staff conduct fundraisers and find ways to get the high quality technology, medicine, and foods that actually make a difference in these animals lives. In a world that is being degraded by the ease of consumerism and technology, it is reassuring to see a place that is entirely devoted to rescuing and reversing our negative effects as humans. I have seen so many barred owls come in to the center this winter after having been hit by cars, and each of them is assessed carefully and thoroughly, and here, they are given the best care that they could possibly receive. The Center is brought over 1,600 animals annually, and volunteers, interns, and a very few paid staff members are the heart of the organization. There isn't one person who makes it all happen: it is a passionate community working towards the same cause. And yes, it is hard sometimes. But it is the most meaningful cause I have ever come across, conducted in a beautiful and thorough way.

Thank you CFW.

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