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Review for Wildlife Works Inc, Youngwood, PA, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

I didn't find it necessary until recently, but let me share my experience with WildLife Works.

I found an adult sparrow along the side of the road with a broken wing. I took the bird into my own care, despite the fact that I was constantly running around with two jobs, and began to nurse it back to health. The bird began to eat and drink, as well as hop around and chirp. After two days, I decided to take it to someone who was more experienced and had the time to care for an animal.

I drove an hour to Youngwood to drop off the bird and had a hard time finding the center because there weren't any signs, and it was at the end of a dirt road. I got to the center and knocked on the door to find a line of people with injured animals. A man in front of me showed the lady working there his injured animal by grabbing it out of the box and holding it up, while blood was present. The lady didn't advise him to set the bird down, despite the fact that two cats were in the room. The lady had mentioned that she had no experience with actually helping animals, that she only put them in the cages. This frightened me, so I asked if anyone had any kind of experience. She informed me that there was a woman who had previously worked as a Vet Assistant, but she was eating dinner. I asked when she would look at the injured bird, and she said the next day.

Feeling skeptical, I looked around the room to find that there was a calendar that marked that the previous Vet Assistant was going on vacation for a week when she was to look at the bird. Feeling desperate after the long drive, I decided to trust the lady to care for the bird as I did. I called the center a week after I dropped off the bird, and a week after that, and received no information. A month later, I received a letter in the mail informing me that the "sparrow didn't make it" followed by the request of a donation, in which I had already given them money. I talked to an older friend of mine who also took her injured animal to this center and had the same story. I know it's a nonprofit organization, but if you have an injured animal I advise you to make a wiser decision than I did and take the animal to a more experienced center.

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