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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 :)
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!
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.
As stewards of the land, it is imperative that we learn how to coexist with one of our most precious resources, our native wildlife. Urban development is presenting one of the greatest challenges our wildlife has to try an overcome. Decreased open areas, increased traffic & negative human interaction, whether accidental or deliberate is threatening their existence. I commend Tucson Wildlife Center (TWC) for the services they provide, free of charge. This dedicated staff is available 24/7, 365 days for emergency intervention, referral services, and education. Their mission is rescue, rehabilitation & release. The duties can be quite arduous. The hours endless, with over night rescues, feedings &/ or medications being delivered throughout the night, emergency surgeries and yet this staff is ready & willing to assist our wildlife. I am honored & proud to be associated with this outstanding group of individuals. I know TWC is making a real difference. Please help us help our wildlife, let others know about the Tucson Wildlife Center. Thank you.
Tucson Wildlife Center is a haven for those who are injured, orphaned or literally lost ( such is the case of the brown pelican.) I volunteered for 2 and a half years and treasured being a part of TWC, but I had to relocate recently. My favorite job was cleaning up the yards of the residents (those unalbe to be released.) I loved having the greathorns act as "yard foreman" as I raked beneath them, and hosed off the mesh to cool them down in the hot summer months. It was the same with the screetch owls, a special harris hawk and a redtail, peregrines and others. Being able to assist in the rehabilitation of a golden eagle as it regained it's flight strength was wonderful and fulfilling. What we do there benfits our precious wildlife in a direct and important manner. It is invaluable in it's ability to rehabilitate, protect and relocate animals and birds for their highest benefit. Much of the time what we do goes unnoticed. We do our best to inform and educate the public, but it just takes once for someone's heart to be touched by the life of a wild creature - seeking only to live free in natures balance. We are a part of that. Assisting in this endeavor, will enhance the lives of countless animals.
I volunteered at TWC for about a year until I was sidelined by an accident. I really enjoyed helping out around there mostly because the people there were pretty level headed unlike some people with some rescue groups. The center does a great job of helping wildlife and putting up with AZG&F's crap. I would love to see this facility grow so they could have a vet on site at all times and all the equipment necessary to handle the worst cases and in my time there I have seen some pretty bad stuff come into the surgery suite. I will definitely be volunteering there again in the future. A fantastic organization that I would recommend to anyone who is looking to volunteer and give back to nature.
Everyone here respects and gets along with each other! There is only support, no dissention. The director is a passionate and intelligent teacher, never shy to teach all she knows. I have learned so much. And experienced nature and animals in ways I could never have had the opportunity to know. Like how all species will travel their lifetime to get back home, if they become displaced. And how most species have strong family ties, even when the books say they don't.