Antler Ridge has been the perfect fit for me to fulfill a lifelong dream of working with animals. I volunteer with great people who share my love of animals.
Jacqueline Murtha’s love for animals started at an early age. Her dream of getting to work with them came true in 2011 when she started volunteering at Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary, a 120-acre preserve farm located in Warren County, New Jersey. There, she helps provide vital care and treatment to sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.
“Antler Ridge has been the perfect fit for me to fulfill a lifelong dream of working with animals,” says Jacqueline. “This includes preparing food, feeding them and cleaning their holding cages. When their rehabilitation is complete, they are released into the wild. The feeding and the release are the parts I enjoy the most.”
Antler Ridge volunteers care for and release hundreds of wild animals every year, including fawns, raccoons, skunks, opossums, squirrels, flying squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, ground hogs and other small mammals. In order to fund their mission, volunteers take part in several fundraisers throughout the year. In addition to rehabilitating animals, Antler Ridge also actively educates the public on the importance of caring for our ecosystems, supporting the environment, respecting wildlife and protecting and preserving our native lands for future wildlife habitat.
“I find most people I talk to are interested in our mission,” says Jacqueline. “I love getting to act as a ‘voice’ for animals, helping to educate the public about wildlife.”
In her spare time, Jacqueline likes to exercise and spend time outdoors when the weather is favorable. She also loves to listen to music and watch football and hockey. Her favorite Cabot Cheddar is Vermont Extra Sharp.