Would you recommend California Wildlife Center?
I LOVE the CWC! I volunteer there every Sunday and I always walk away having learned so much. The managers and the vet are incredible sharing as much knowledge as possible, teaching you how to handle the animals, and always with a smile. Yes, you will have to clean the cages, make their meals, wash the dishes and laundry but it's for the most endearing creatures you've ever seen. My manager always let's me assist with the feedings and handling of injured animals in the Hospital and the feedings in the Baby Care Unit is super rewarding - I find it very hands-on. No, you cannot talk to them or caress and cuddle them so if that's what you're looking for, this is not for you. And many of the injured animals just don't make it so you need to be able to handle that aspect as well. It's truly a wonderful way to volunteer your time and an amazing learning experience.
I am a R.N. and wanted to work with the animals and thought I would be working in the hospital caring for the sick animals/wildlife. I was surprised to find out that the majority of the time you are cleaning the cages, preparing their elaborate menus and washing dishes most of the time. You are not allowed to talk with the animals or caress them as they are to be kept "wild" so they can be released to the wild. It is verified in the manual, but I was in the mindset mode of "hands on" caring for them and it was not what I expected, so if you are interested in helping the animals with cleaning cages and washing all their dishes, it is terrific. If you want more hands on, it is not the place, so take this in serious consideration or else you will be disapppointed. It IS a great organization, but I need more animal interaction for my own satisfaction. They do need your donations, so please give.
I have volunteered at the Wildlife Center for 3 years and it's been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The training you receive is excellent and there are lots of hands on opportunities as well. You get to work with the most incredible animals and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this organization.