As a former summer intern I had the chance to really see just how much hard work goes into making this organization a success. It’s great to see so many injured and orphaned animals have a second chance at life. Dara has put her heart into this place and without her, the staff and all the supporters, WIC wouldn’t be what it is today. Personally my internship was an experience I’ll never forget and it has given me the experience I need to pursue my career goals. I only wish I were able to continue volunteering at such a great place. I really don’t know how Dara manages to do everything she does. She really is an amazing person to have been able to start this whole organization when she was just over 20 and still be able to raise a family. WIC biggest challenge is not having enough space and money. Each year more non- releasable animals make WIC their permanent home and more releasable animals come in every year. It is a very small space and we always put a great deal of effort into conserving resources. I hope someday WIC can build their dream facility. They have plans for a new and improved facility but do not have the funds. With the money more animals could be cared for and be given permanent homes if needed.
Wildlife in Crisis will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s where I was introduced to new animal species, where I learned how to care for injured and orphaned wildlife, and where I saw firsthand the types of dangers animals are exposed to. I can’t imagine ever forgetting the people, animals, and experiences that were involved in my internship here.
Wildlife in crisis has inspired me to lead a more compassionate life and to take greater action for the conservation and protection of our local wildlife. The internship provides a rare glimpse into the lives of animals whose presence we often take for granted. Every animal that comes through these doors has its own story and hardships, and being tasked with their care not only gives any student of veterinary medicine or aspiring rehabilitator the methods necessary to become a skilled animal caretaker, it also opens your eyes to the private lives and struggles of these beings that are living alongside us in our communities and neighborhoods. Whether you are pursuing a career in wildlife care or otherwise, this work is deeply rewarding and will lay the groundwork for anyone who wants to become an advocate for animals and the environment.
Some of my fondest memories are from the summer I spent interning at Wildlife in Crisis. As an animal lover, being surrounded by so many species everyday was mind blowing, and knowing that I played a direct role in their path back to the wild was among the most satisfying feelings I have ever had. The breadth and depth of knowledge and handling experience I gained is unmatched even now as a vet student at the University of Pennsylvania. I only wish there were more resources like Wildlife in Crisis for injured wildlife around the world, but I without a doubt will use everything I learned as a practicing vet.
Wildlife in Crisis will forever hold a very special place in my heart.
Thank you for the amazing opportunity to have been part of such a wonderful organization. Dara took me under her wing. She taught me how to “identify, catch and calm” distressed animals, how to care for and clean; feed; love and nurture and then educate people to respect the animals and the world that we live in. I have always had an immense love for animals and nature as a whole. Having been part of WIC exceeded my wildest dreams. I had a hands on teacher who, along with her husband and a baby on her back, lived to better this world.
Coming from South Africa I had never been in contact with raccoon’s or many of the other “American animals”. I was so impressed with the work WIC was doing. My summer t WIC felt like a week. It is so easy to get totally enthralled – making a positive difference.
Thank you Dara, witnessing your dedication and shear passion and compassion for nature is what led me to where I am today. Founder of Helping Animals Together—a companion animal rescue group in South Africa.
It is an honor to work as a volunteer at Wildlife in Crisis. There is nothing as inspirational and awe-inspiring as watching the tireless work of Dara, Peter, the interns and volunteers nurse orphaned wild animals until they can survive on their own … and then release them into the wild. Thank you for giving God’s creatures a second chance!
I have spent the past 8 years of my life committed to this important non-profit in Fairfield County. The only organization of its kind in the region, Wildlife in Crisis works to preserve wildlife through three important efforts: habitat preservation, environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation. The centerpiece of WIC is the wildlife hospital which nurtures over 5,000 injured and orphaned wild animals every year. In addition, WIC answers over 20,000 calls each year to help members of the community seeking counsel on how to help injured animals they encounter. WIC has done all of this with quiet resilience since 1988.
I have witnessed, first-hand, the extraordinary miracles performed at WIC… the barred owl struck by a car, saved and nurtured back to health; the mother raccoon beaten with a baseball bat while her babies were still nursing – all of the babies rehabilitated and released back into nature (the mother sadly succumbed to her injuries); the day-old fawn whose mother was struck by a train, nursed to adulthood and released… and that all happened in one day! From the tiniest of hummingbirds to majestic mammals, WIC accepts over 200 species and works tirelessly to give them all a second chance at life in the wild through quality care. Vital medicine, food, incubators and pre-release habitats…are only possible through generous donations from those who care.
I have had the great privilege to work as a weekly volunteer at Wildlife in Crisis. At WIC, injured wildlife are well cared for, rehabilitated and released back into the wild where they belong. Thank goodness there are people like Dara and the rest of the WIC staff in this world!
I volunteer at Wildlife in Crisis every Wednesday to care for the raptors and raccoons and to help in any way I can. Every week, I see firsthand the exceptional work being done there.
The legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden rightly said that the true test of our character is what we do when no one is watching. Dara and Peter set the bar higher than anyone I have ever met and instill those values in all who volunteer beside them. When no one is watching, someone feeds the hummingbirds every 20 minutes. When no one is watching, Dara drives six hours to consult with another vet about a fawn that other vets considered beyond help (In the end, Dara was right, and the fawn is thriving). When no one is watching, Peter patiently returns more than a hundred calls a day, treating each one as if it were the only one that day. When no one is watching, volunteer interns spend hours brainstorming how to cheer a suddenly reclusive beloved duck, how to teach an owl to perch, how to feed a fox that won’t eat. When no one is watching, someone checks on the animals multiple times every night to make sure all is well. When no one is watching, the team continues its work in the freezing rain, sweltering heat, and deep snow. It is a privilege to give money and time to this rarest of places, and I am grateful for the opportunity to partner with a team whose humble, committed character inspires me each time I visit.
We all have our charities that we support. Wildlife in Crisis is my charity and I encourage you to make it yours. We’re so fortunate to have Dara and WIC in our community. When I brought an injured fawn to WIC for help I was overwhelmed by the numbers and variety of animals. Raptors, songbirds, mammals, turtles and babies of every size and shape being cared for all day and night by volunteers and interns, AMAZING!