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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

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Yggdrasil has been an amazing experience. Through them, I’ve had experiences that no other wildlife rescue organization has provided- raising baby squirrels and then releasing them into the wild, going on rescue calls (like a baby fox that was found in an elementary school parking lot), socializing with an educational opossum, and being involved in post-mortem diagnostics, to name just a few things. Lila, the director, is an amazing woman with an incredible wealth of knowledge about everything wildlife- physiology, behavior, medical care, how to keep wild animals out of your attic/basement/kitchen… every question I’ve ever asked her has been met with a thorough answer. Even when I’ve bombarded her with question after question her patience never wavers! In all the wildlife volunteering I’ve ever done in my life (and it’s been a lot), she has what few wildlife rehabbers tend to possess… people skills. She even helped my friend in Oregon who was concerned about a wild squirrel with mange frequenting her apartment dumpster.

The other volunteers I’ve met through YUWR are also incredible… not only do you have the opportunity to do lots of hands-on procedures and learn a ton about our wildlife neighbors, the people involved with this organization are top-notch as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

YGGDRASIL Urban Wildlife Rescue helps rehabilitate and release animals injured or caught in an urban environment. It is a crucial program for any urban area. The volunteers involved with the rescue have hearts of gold and I am happy to have helped YGGDRASIL in the past.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

besides getting to develope a lost and natural sence of connectedness to the natural world, and being part of a community of great people. I felt a sence of fullilment to be of service to our wild creature friends and commrads, for everything we have, from our basic necessities to our riches, come from the natural world and we must praise anyone who will stuart our woods creatures. volunteering at YUWR brought back the joys of being close to our great wild life friends accompanying us in our urban and sometimes alienating habitat.

Kimgar T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a second-year veterinary student, hoping to get into wildlife medicine and/or shelter medicine. When I first started as a wildlife rehab intern with YUWR, I had no clear goal in life. I was starting college again after dropping out a couple of years earlier. I knew I liked animals, and that was it. Working at YUWR helped me see how happy I was treating wildlife, how rewarding it was for me and for the animals alike. Moreover, Lila was a patient and knowledgeable teacher and caretaker for us all. I learned about wildlife in urban, suburban, rural, and even clinical settings. It was a great period of my life and 5 years later, I'm still very appreciative for a fun and educational experience they gave me.

Sherry9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began working with Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue last spring after attending a training to foster orphaned squirrels. It was truly an amazing experience caring for the squirrels from bottle feeding, to building an outdoor play area, to setting them free. They still come by often to say hello and get some nuts we have left out for them. We look forward to a repeat of the experience this spring.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am pleased to know and be involved with the Yggdrasil Rescue. The dedication from Lila, Megan and the volunteers to save wildlife is amazing. It takes an enormous amount of time and effort to nurse these beautiful creatures back to health so they can be released to their natural habitat. Not only do they care for the injured, sick and orphaned wildlife, they also educate the public on how to co habitate with wildlife. This organization is extremely important in saving wildlife as well as nature.

austin1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

YUWR does great work saving the lives of wildlife among us. Many people are probably unaware of the fact that although we live in a highly urbanized area we nevertheless share this with all kinds of wildlife. YUWR helps save the lives of this wildlife. I consider their work to be humane to the utmost in our environment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at the Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue charity for over four years It has been an educational and rewarding experience for me. I highly recommend that others volunteer or donate to the organization.

Review from Guidestar

tania-kac

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lila has a way with urban wildlife that is a rare gift and underrated. I have watched her coax into her arm a newly found injured, scared and angry squirrel, who willingly hid inside her shirt for comfort . This organization is the *real deal*: it saves countless orphan urban wildlife, educates the public in how to coexist with urban wildlife and provides assistance at no charge when needed. Unlike other non-profits that spend hundreds or thousands of dollars in marketing, YGGDRASIL works quietly under the radar doing truly remarkable work. Because of this organization, our society is more humane and compassionate towards those that have no voice.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lila has a way with urban wildlife that is a rare gift and underrated. I have watched her coax into her arm a newly found injured, scared and angry squirrel, who willingly hid inside her shirt for comfort . This organization is the *real deal*: it saves countless orphan urban wildlife, educates the public in how to coexist with urban wildlife and provides assistance at no charge when needed. Unlike other non-profits that spend hundreds or thousands of dollars in marketing, YGGDRASIL works quietly under the radar doing truly remarkable work. Because of this organization, our society is more humane and compassionate towards those that have no voice.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

To the Landlord; Do you seriously think these folks do not wish to be RID of you as much as you, (yes we get it) wish to be rid of them? The issues you bring up here are nothing short of a child's temper tantrum and have nothing what-so-ever to do with whether or not the group is doing good work, which is the point of this forum. And which they NO QUESTION, are!! I am familiar with the location and can assure you the 30k Retaining Wall was not solely because of the Center. It also does nothing but add to the value of your property and is a tax deduction for you as a homeowner, certainly not a LOSS to you in any way. While your generosity and selfless act of low rent has without doubt benefitted the Center, it tends to take a back seat to your relentless pursuit to now leave all of them homeless. Personally it sounds like a terrible place to house a disabled, elderly person, being that it is located on that Hillside you spent so much money on. It is certainly YOUR right to take back your house, but you have NO right to whine about it here. I happen to know they are doing everything in their power to relocate. I'm sorry for the loss of your husband and that you are left to raise your children alone, but again......the Center is raising 100's of Orphan children, all created by the same God, and all in desperate need of help. Why can't you be satisfied with having ultimate power and knowing you'll get your way, soon enough.....and stop making daily life more painful for those struggling to find a new home. To Lila et all, Prayers and continued HOPE that somehow, someway....you're allowed to carry on the invaluable work you all do! GOD BLESS THE BEASTS AND THE CHILDREN!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found YUWR via the Internet after finding an orphaned baby squirrel on a Sunday evening. I took the baby to Lila that night and was so impressed with her caring demeaner and vast knowledge. Soon after our first meeting, I took her class on fostering baby squirrels and became a volunteer that same day. I continue to be impressed by Lila. She LITERALLY is available all hours of the day or night and always makes me feel appreciated for what I do to help.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first met Lila Travis at the Yggdrasil Urban WIldlife Rescue when I found an orphaned baby skunk along with his dead sibling on an off-ramp of Hwy 13. When I brought the skunk to their facillty I saw the great work they were doing and seeing the need for volunteers, I immediately signed up. I'm so grateful for the experience of helping to raise these small orphaned babies - squirrels, raccoons, fawns, etc. I am also completely impressed with the work that is done by the staff and on-site volunteers at YUWR. The dedication, compassion and hard work that comes from their director, Lila is amazing beyond compare. YUWR was started by her because there was no other a facility of it's kind in Oakland. Since the city of Oakland is full of wildlife and so close to many acres of wilderness I am surprised that a facility like this hasn't been around for many, many years. I often wonder what kind of help the wildlife has had in years past. A very grim thought indeed. There is definitely a need for YUWR to exist in this city and they truly deserve the much needed funding and support.

Review from Guidestar

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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