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Review for Center for Wildlife, Inc., Cape Neddick, ME, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

first hand experience. I work with other volunteers and staff members roughly ten hours a week. During the summer it was about 35 hours a week. It is truly an amazing experience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand outreach past Maine! When I speak of my internship at UNH, most people have not even heard of the Center!

Role:  Volunteer & I was an intern and am now a volunteer at the Center for Wildlife.