Lisa Bates and her team provide an extraordinary service for injured or abandoned wild animals that life among us in the southwest desert. Animals rarely have a voice in our world although humans can be great animal lovers. This is a first rate operation that provides quality medical care from surgery to rehabilitation with lots of love. When those animals that can be are released back into the wild, there is such a joyous a feeling of freedom. The Center provides excellent ongoing care, feeding, exercise and social time for those than need to remain in captivity. The surrogate animals that love and nurture babies is wonderful and provides them with realistic bonding. Our family feels this is such a worthwhile nonprofit and are happy to be a part of it!
The fact that the Tucson Wildlife Center is staffed almost completely by volunteers giving their time, energy and resources to help rectify wildlife tragedies that are mostly human-caused really touches me. I think it's amazing that they will travel anywhere in the area to rescue an injured animal at no cost. Their selfless volunteers have given presentations to both my Rotary club and my company's networking club. They brought live animals and helped educate our people about our habitat and those we share it with. While they did not charge a fee, my organizations were glad to give them donations. My husband and I have not only donated a small sum of money, but in-kind donations of copy paper and dry erase markers in the hope that more of their organizational funds can now go to the animals who so deserve a chance to live. While we were at the center yesterday, the Education Director received a package of thank you letters from a 1st grade class to whom she and her colleagues had given a presentation. It was heartwarming to see what the kids had learned and I could tell that many of them will be good stewards of their environment now that they understand more about it. This organization deserves all the support it can get.