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Review for Project Wildlife, San Diego, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a wildlife rehabilitator in Los Angeles, California. Project Wildlife is in San Diego, California. They are a great organization. They also rehab bats with the help of Cindy Myers who is a great bat rehabilitator.

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field
 

Review for Kitten Rescue, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Ben and Michel are wonderful people. Kitten Rescue is a fantastic organization. I highly recommend them. They give great care to all the animals. They also have a free kitten care manual in their website. Check it out!

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field
 

Review for Gentle Barn Foundation, Santa Clarita, CA, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

I've known about the Gentle Barn since 2001. I live in the area and run non-profit Animal Advocates. I've visited other farm rescues such as Farm Sanctuary Los Angeles. I also read their book "The Gentle Barn."

Few days ago the person who runs it posted she found a baby squirrel. She said she contacted all the wildlife rehabbers and they all told her to "just let it die." She then said "At Gentle Barn, no can do! Please, give us money to care for it."

I am the closest licensed wildlife rehabilitator to the Gentle Barn. She did not contact me. I offered to take it and no response. I emailed and posted. I have never ever told anyone to just let an animal die. All of her Facebook fans were saying "what horrible rehabbers!" "evil people!"

Then she posts another pic of the baby squirrel stating the wrong age, condition.... She obviously knows nothing about squirrels. She again asked for money for the baby. A baby squirrel would probably eat maybe $2 worth of food while one raised it for release.

I again offered to take it and told her one needs permits to have wildlife or else it's a felony. She then deletes my posts and bans me from the page. She then tells me she gave it to a licensed rehabber but would never say which one. I called them all. None of them were contacted by the Gentle Barn. I now believe there was never a baby squirrel ever just like there were never 60 cows needing rescue.

If you search Google for "Gentle Barn" and "squirrel," you will see a blog post with more information, photos, documentation of the many, many problems with this non-profit. They make up stories about fake animals that need donations for medical care, rescue. They live off the non-profit with three kids yet don't take a salary. Tax evasion? They raise money to build barns which they never built. They spent donations on an expensive wedding in Las Vegas. They are allowing animals to breed. They don't always give the animals proper care. If you question them, you will be banned from the property.

They are being investigated by the state Attorney General and the IRS. They were sued by two ex-employees. All of this is public information.

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

Get rid of the married couple that runs it. Get a new board of directors.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field
 

Review for Bat Conservation International, Austin, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

They are a wonderful group of bat experts from around the world that work together to help conserve bats. They offer training programs and grants to help bats. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department stated they are bats experts. BCI and Fish & Wildlife Services are currently the two main bat expert groups who are helping bats with White Nose Syndrome.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Donor
 

Review for , , ,

Rating: 1 stars  

Bat World Sanctuary lost their USDA permit because they violated the Animal Welfare Act. The main veterinarian for USDA stated they caused bats "pain, suffering and death." They were reprimanded by Texas Parks & Wildlife for improper behavior, not having proper permits. TPWD stated they are not bat experts. Search Google and you will see the letters from the USDA, Texas Parks & Wildlife and Texas Health Dept notifying them of their violations and that their permit was cancelled. The organization was not a legal corporation until 2010. They have not registered with the Attorney General of Texas as they must do legally.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field
sanctuary (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates in Los Angeles, CA is a mentally ill woman who was sued for defamation by Bat World Sanctuary and a judgement of 6.1 Million was levied against her. She is obsessed with the Founder/President of Bat World Sanctuary (Amanda Lollar) and Cummins has been stalking Lollar for over three years. Harassment and terroristic threats reports have been filed against Mary Cummins with the police. Mary Cummins is also stalking Bat World's attorney. Please see the page that attorney Randy Turner wrote in response to Mary Cummins' malicious online activities: http://www.randyturner.com/index.php/randys-cyber-stalker Please also see this page which explains Mary Cummins history of staking Bat World, the evidence against her (including police reports) and the trial transcript where Cummins was ordered to pay Amanda Lollar 6.1 Million in damages: http://batworld.org/batworld-stalker-mary-cummins/

 

Review for Animal Match Rescue Team Inc, Long Beach, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I used to volunteer for this organization years ago. They do a great job trying to find homes for shelter pets. Adopt don't shop for your next pet.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Norfolk, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I don't always support PETA on every issue but I do support them as a whole. I'm so very happy they tried to stop the inhumane "Possum Drop" in North Carolina. The law and evidence were on their side but they lost the case because of corruption in the local courts. I also support Meatless-Mondays and their support of veganism.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field
 

Review for The Humane Society of the United States, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a volunteer on the HSUS National Disaster Animal Response Team. I signed up because of Katrina. I've been called to help with hoarding situations and male chicken fighting. I've known Eric Sakach for ten years. He is in charge of the male chicken (I can't type that word because the obscenity filter thinks it's obscene) fighting raids. He and his organization have always done a great job. While I don't always agree 100% with what HSUS does, they still help a lot of animals.

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

Ask them to promote veganism more. If one truly loves animals, one would not want to eat or use them.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for NATURE OF WILDWORKS, Topanga, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Molly Hogan who started and runs this organization is a wonderful person. She used to work at the Los Angeles Zoo. When the zoo was closing it's native wildlife exhibits Molly took in those animals and started her sanctuary. She's also a wildlife rehabilitator. I interviewed her on my cable show "Wildlife Rescue." I highly recommend this organization if you are interested in wildlife education.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field
 

Review for National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, Bloomington, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a member of this organization for about ten years. I love their magazine and symposiums. They do a lot to help wildlife rehabilitators and wildlife.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Client Served
 

Review for The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, Eugene, OR, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a member of this organization for I think ten years or so. I love their magazine which has many great articles on wildlife rehabilitation. I wrote an article about squirrels for their magazines ten years ago or so. I hope to be able to make it to the next symposium.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Client Served
 

Review for NEW LEASH ON LIFE ANIMAL RESCUE FOUNDATION, Newhall, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I met Bobby Dorafshar at the Humane Academy in San Diego. He is a true animal lover and the best dog trainer I know. If your dog has behavioral issues, I highly recommend him. I can not say enough good things about this group or Bobby and his family.

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

Give them a ton of money.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field
 

Review for Kitten Rescue, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Kitten Rescue is a wonderful organization that saves the lives of many cats every year. I highly recommend this organization. Ben and his girlfriend Michel are wonderful people.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Volunteer