My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Wildlife Works Inc, Youngwood, PA, USA
I have been working at Wildlife Works (WW) in Youngwood as a volunteer for many years and there has never been an organization that I have been more proud to be associated with than WW. WW has many volunteers that work tirelessly from early in the morning until late at night 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year including all holidays, to help animals that otherwise wouldn’t stand a chance of surviving. At WW we save hundreds of these injured and abandoned animals each year and have done so since 1991.
All volunteers work under the direction of Beth Shoaf who is certified by the Pennsylvania State Game Commission to rehabilitate wild animals and she also is an experienced veterinarian technician. There is no one that is more dedicated to helping animals than Beth and it is evident in the processes of the operation at WW that she directs as well as the fact that she has sacrificed part of her home, most of her yard, and untold hours of her time all these years for this purpose (her home just happens to be at the end of the dirt road).
WW is not government funded and relies solely on the generous donations from animal lovers. All money given is spent on animal care and there are no excess funds to pay for fancy signs such as a commercial business might do. When someone calls WW to make an appointment to bring an animal in we are more than willing to assist with providing directions if needed.
WW has volunteers with a variety of experience and knowledge…if someone is willing to help the animals we find things they can do. There are many volunteers with a lot of experience that work alongside the newer volunteers until they can gain more experience. Inexperienced volunteers are never left to fend for themselves, there are always additional volunteers in the hospital area but they just might not be in the room where we admit the animals.
Yes, sometimes Beth has to stop and occasionally eat a meal and sometimes, although rarely, she even goes on vacation but there is never a time when an animal’s welfare is compromised because of it. Beth has established a network of animal care specialists, veterinarians, and other rehab facilities that participate in assisting us on the few occasions when she is not available.
Sadly, many animals that are brought in for care do not survive much to everyone at WW’s disappointment. This can be due to the fact that injuries can often times be far worse than might appear to an average person or an animal is just too weak or stressed to pull through. Unfortunately this is the same at all wildlife rehabilitation facilities. As sad as it is for us to lose a patient we try to stay focused on the many animals we do save and successfully release such as the golden eagle that was broadcast on WPXI several weeks ago. WW publishes a newsletter every 6 months that includes statistics on the numbers of animals admitted, released, and died as well as interesting news and updates at WW. Information about WW as well as a copy of the latest newsletter can be found on our website: http://www.wildlifeworksinc.org/.
WW does their best to keep people informed of the outcome of the animals that they bring in but due to the work load and the number of volunteers that are available at any given time we might not be able to respond to your need for information as quickly as you would like…after all, our first priority is the care of the animals as it should be.
I am sorry that WW didn’t meet a previous reviewer’s expectations but if someone chooses to judge the quality of care that these animals receive by the fact that there are no flashy signs, the building is located at the end of a dirt road, a volunteer was maybe new or a little preoccupied by all the work she needed to get back to, or because someone was eating dinner and planning to go on vacation when they decided to bring in an animal, that is their choice. But I can attest first hand to the good work and the excellent animal care that has resulted in thousands of saved animals since WW was established and I am very proud to be involved with WW and all the top notch excellent volunteers including Beth that make this all happen!
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