Services provided by TWRC Wildlife Center include an emergency room for injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife, as well as a help-line; both the emergency room and the help-line operate 7 days a week. A veterinarian is on staff to assist with training and emergencies. Our competent and experienced volunteers and staff facilitate initial triage, rehabilitation, release, and education.
TWRC cares for both native and non-native Texas wildlife found in and around the Houston area, with a specialty in small mammals, migratory songbirds, small raptors and reptiles. Our goal is to rehabilitate with the intent to release back into the wild. If this goal can’t be achieved because the animal is beyond care or has sustained injuries preventing its release, TWRC will humanely end its suffering. There are occasions when placement can be found for some non-releasable wild animals, but these opportunities are very limited and require special government permits to ensure the animal will receive the best long-term care. When TWRC can’t place or accept wildlife for rehabilitation, rescuers receive referrals to other wildlife organizations who can offer the best care for those animals.
TWRC provides animal care in two ways: (1) in-home by permitted rehabilitators who specialize in one or more species and (2) onsite programs such as the 14-year old Baby Bird Program, the Baby Squirrel Program, and the newly established Opossum and Pals Program. In-home rehabilitation is usually reserved for neonates, critical care, and species that need months of care before they can be released. The onsite programs offer a way for the community to become actively involved in the rehabilitation of wildlife under the guidance of experienced rehabilitators.