Animal related

Think Wild

Bend, OR


Inspiring the High Desert community to care for and protect native wildlife through education, conservation and rescue/rehabilitation.

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Executive Director

Sally Compton

Main Address

62410 Erickson Rd

Bend, OR 97701 USA

Formerly Known As



Wildlife Conservation





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

(Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge) (D34)

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​Think Wild seeks to reduce the incidents of human/wildlife conflict between humans and wildlife through prevention education. When conflicts do occur, Think Wild provides veterinary treatment and care at its Erickson Road hospital currently underway, and designed to minimize treatment and recovery stress.

The following are the high level goals in support of our strategic plan: 1. Develop Fundraising initiatives and programs (including both donors and grantors) with annual targets 2. Complete Founder’s Circle - $325K matching - by end of 2020. 3. Transition Board to fundraising, build Advisory Board, implement board assessment and Board policies 4. Continue to execute on the Communications/Outreach program for building “Think WIld” ethos in CO community. 5. Organize, plan and continue to develop the Think Wild website to provide improvements to animal care and welfare and to create educational opportunities for the public 6. Establish a volunteer corp of 20 regular “go to” volunteers in Fundraising, events, education, hotline and wildlife support 7. To have two core (year round) K-12 Educational Service partners and developing core relationships 5 other schools. 8. Develop, and maintain an Animal Care policy with input from credentialed experts in the animal care and wildlife field. 9. Build strong partnerships with complementary organizations (ex. OSU-cascades, CO Landwatch, ONDA, City of Bend) 10. Develop service lines for revenue sources (ex. Conservation services)

Think Wild has a dedicated board, two full-time staff members, passionated and skilled volunteers and an engaged and involved community of stakeholders. Think Wild currently provides: • Wildlife Hospital- rescue and rehabilitation of injured/orphaned wildlife • Wildlife Hotline and Transport- (in collaboration with licensed rehabilitators) • Think Wild Education- programming for local schools and organizations • Community Outreach- awareness and resources on ways to reduce wildlife conflict • Conservation Services- supporting beaver on our Oregon High Desert landscape

Our progress indicators include: Educational Programming - Number of Schools working w/ Think Wild - Number of Students and Educators Reached - Student Contact Hours Community Outreach & Involvement - Social Media - Educational workshops hosted - TW Educational Workshop Event attendees - Represented at community events (booths) - Newsletter following - Wildlife Hotline calls received - Active volunteers - Volunteer Hours Wildlife Hospital (opening Summer 2020) - Number Patients seen - % released back into wild (patients that survive initial 24 hours) - Quality of care (% successfully released after initial 24 hours)

Build wildlife hospital and established wildlife hotline.

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