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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

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.