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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: To rescue, rehabilitate, and release back to the wild native animals who are injured, sick, orphaned or displaced. To educate the public on peaceful co-existence with wildlife.

Target demographics: Local injured or orphaned wildlife.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 700 admissions in 2011

Geographic areas served: Southern Arizona

Programs: In 2014, the tucson wildlife center completed costruction on arizona's first and only wildlife hospital. In addition, we received and responded to over 3,000 calls for animal rescues.

provided public education to schools and the general public about peaceful co-existence with native wildlife.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for a place I believed in for some volunteer work and I found a great place in TWC! The evening hours worked perfect for my work schedule to volunteer once a week and it was very rewarding work. Even just keeping the building clean made me happy because I was around chirping birds and lovely like-minded people. I volunteered for the baby season for birds and bunnies (and other various small furry things). I look forward to next season!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a retired architect, I look forward to being with animals, accepting new responsibilities, and the opportunity to make a difference in our community. Watching a wounded hawk learn to fly again. Rescuing a baby javelina encrusted with cactus spines and observing its acceptance into a newly formed herd, then knowing that it is once again living in the wild. Having a falcon alight on your shoulder or a vulture eat from your hand as you clean their holding areas. These are wonderful and unforgettable experiences. It takes lots of effort, time and money to make this work. I'm proud to be a part of it.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for the Tucson Wildlife Center for 13 years. I was there when there were just a few buildings and animal enclosures and fewer volunteers. It's been amazing watching it grow and witnesses the opening of the new hospital. Lisa Bates has worked hard to keep the TWC going and even harder to keep it growing. The staff is great, the volunteers wonderful and hard working and every animal that comes through our doors is cared for with love and respect. Thank you Lisa for finding a place for Tucson's injured wildlife to get the help they need.

4 Linda330

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of volunteering at TWC for about 7 months. This place and the people who run it, including the volunteers, are so wonderful. There have been many birds and mammals that have been rescued and returned to the wild. Just knowing i have had a small part in that is absolutely fabulous! I have learned so much about the wildlife we are blessed to have in this state. If you ever are in need of a wildlife rescue, this is the place to call! And if you are considering volunteering your time somewhere, and you love animals, stop by or call them to see how that can happen for you!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at the TWC for about a year. I enjoy spending time caring for and being around wildlife. TWC takes care of all kinds of birds, from the smallest hummingbird to eagles. They also see a lot of mammals, from tiny bats, bunnies and mice to the larger bobcats, raccoons, skunks, coyotes and javelinas. There are several resident birds and mammals that are here permanently because of health conditions that prevent them from being released to the wild. One of my favorite things is knowing the resident animals that serve as "foster mamas and daddies" to young members of their own species that come in injured, sick, or too young to survive on their own. These foster animals raise the babies until they are old and independent enough to be released back to the wild. I am a retired certified veterinary technician, and have learned so much here at TWC about wildlife that I never knew before (when I was working with domestic cats and dogs primarily). There have been a lot of improvements over the past year - the new animal hospital was completed, more wildlife rehabilitators have been hired, and several free teaching seminars for the volunteers have been developed. TWC has a quite small staff compared to the number of volunteers, and has a 24/7 phone helpline for people to call if they see injured, orphaned or sick wildlife.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering here for almost 2 months and I feel like I've already learned so much. There is opportunity to be as involved as you want and are available for. I've been fortunate enough to have been involved in a release, observe surgery, and participate in a workshop. TWC does awesome works and offers their volunteers some pretty great experiences.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people here work constantly to help our wildlife. They are knowledgeable and passionate. They are also kind and fun :) Donate or come out and volunteer, help save precious lives. I'm very glad that I did :)

2 Stephanie126

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hello all!
I work at an emergency veterinary hospital in Tucson, AZ. One of my co-workers found a hummingbird on the ground, in our backyard area. She thought he was dead but when I went out there, I saw he was still alive. He couldn't fly and seemed to have gone through some sort of trauma. I brought him inside and had been caring for him all night hoping he would pull through till the Wildlife Center could pick him up in the morning. I received a call from their aviation doctor right when she woke up in the early morning. She picked him up from me shortly after. She said it looks like a spinal injury. Hummingbirds take about 6 days to heal from this. Since he is alert, that's a good sign. So glad he is in good hands now! Good luck little one!
Its truly amazing what they do for our wildlife out here in the desert. I'm very thankful they were able to help.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'll admit, I haven't always been that fond of Tucson. I hated the heat and I couldn't see what everyone loved so much about this city. Then I came across the Tucson Wildlife Center. I began working here about a year ago and the more time I spent out here, the more I began to fall in love with Tucson and all it's beautiful wildlife. I started seeing more that each animal has a personality and thanks to the Tucson Wildlife Center, I finally found my following--animal care. Being around the animals is therapeutic and knowing that we're making a difference is so satisfying!

This organization is absolutely amazing and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone who loves animals!

2 SheilaChonis

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tucson Wildlife Center is making a huge impact saving native Southern Arizona's wildlife. The Center is dedicated to rescue, rehabilitate and release injured, sick and orphaned wild animals. Medical professionals volunteer their time and services as well as 70 individuals volunteer who feed and care for the animals and property. The state-of-the-art Sam Goldman Wildlife Hospital is under construction. When it is complete, their services will reach even more wildlife in need, all FREE to the public!

4 Sant Kaur K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Some of the nicest, people I have met who are involved with animal rescue. They understood that the baby horned owl we found needed help, and a few days later, brought it back with a foster baby for the parents to care for. They even made a strong nest for the babies! Here we are 3 weeks later and we are honored to watch the babies thriving as the parents continue to feed them.
The volunteers checked with us and were very helpful after the return of our little guys. We have a friend who volunteers there are she gained alot of experience as a vet student working there.

Luke S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at TWC, and am very pleased with the care provided to the animals. The staff and volunteers are careful and caring with the animals, and the founder is active with releases and rescues. There are a few permanent resident animals that cannot be released due to an injury or due to being too friendly with people, and they act as surrogates for rescued babies or as educational animals. I am immensely pleased and impressed with how well the place is run.

Barbara116

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I had a peregrine falcon in our yard with a wounded wing. We called the Tucson Wildlife Center and they came out to our home and rescued this magnincent creature.

A big thank you to TWC and your staff for a job well done,
Barbara E.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Currently under construction....TWC is building the ONLY FULL SERVICE WILDLIFE RESCUE HOSPITAL in Southern Arizona. Not only will they be taking care of more injured animals, they are also planning to become a training center for future veterinarians and wildlife rehabilitators who are interested in specializing in desert species. THE energy at TWC is palpable. Supported mostly through donations and powered by many dedicated volunteers, TWC is unique in the services they provide. Many, many desert birds of prey and mammal would have succumbed to injury and dehydration were it not for these dedicated people.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I love watching the wildlife in my back yard. I think we all do. Unfortunately human encroachment is taking its toll on Southern Arizona's wildlife. If we want to protect this unique and beautiful environment, it's up to the community to be aware of what they might be doing in their every day lives that impacts wildlife. Tucson Wildlife Center takes in hundreds of orphaned and injured wild animals every year with the sole purpose of seeing them once again flourish back to their natural habitats. This is a truly a needed and worthy charity that has over 70 volunteers and rehabilitators who care about each other and every animal that comes through their doors.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

What impresses me the most is the time and dedication of many volunteers including professionals on call 24/7 for wildlife rescues. The Executive Director accepts no pay which certainly shows what this non profit is all about. Continuing research, technology and perseverance keeps this rehabilitation center above the rest. For them, all creatures great and small are looked at as critical to our existence and treated as such.

Erica25

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I rescued a hawk and unsure of what to do I took him to the MP's on base who quickly contacted TWC and with the love and attention they provided I was informed he made a full recovery and is back to the skies again. This just makes me elated.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lisa Bates and her dedicated team provide a very important refuge for injured wild animals while giving the community the peace of mind that they can help injured animals too just by making a phone call. Taking care of innocent, helpless, little (or big) animals is an incredible commitment and Lisa and all of the team are there to do the job. These animals are our future, too. Thank you for your strength and perserverance.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

1 mmcjohnson

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tucson Wildlife Center does a wonderful outreach educational program for schools. There is nothing like having a live vulture named Igor to catch a seven year olds attention and drive home the importance of man's stewardship of the animals. TWC provides an incredible and needed service in our community.

3 Brooke B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

On a Sunday morning, I awoke to find a baby owl in my yard with an injured wing. I grabbed the phonebook and found the hotline for the Wildlife Center. The person on the phone took the situation very seriously and worked hard to give me all the help she could. Even though I live very far away from the Center, a volunteer arrived in less than an hour to help the owl. The volunteer was courteous, skilled, and very attentive. He kept me informed about the owl's situation. I was extremely impressed with the level of professionalism, communication skills, and timely response demonstrated by this organization. I work for a not-for-profit myself and I feel very confident that my donation to this organization will be put to good use.