Our Mission

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At TWRC Wildlife Center, our mission is to promote environmental conservation through public education and rehabilitation of Texas wildlife.


TWRC Wildlife Center provides an emergency room for orphaned, injured, and ill wildlife, as well as a helpline.  Both the emergency room and the helpline operate 7 days a week. Our vet room staff as well as experienced volunteers facilitate initial triage, rehabilitation, release, and education.

TWRC Wildlife Center provides animal care in two ways: our onsite Animal Care Program and specialized in-home care by permitted rehabbers. The onsite program offers a way for the community to become actively involved in the rehabilitation of wildlife under the guidance of experienced staff.  In-home rehabilitation is usually reserved for neonates, critical care, and animal species that typically require months of care prior to release.

TWRC Wildlife Center accepts many Texas wildlife species found in the Houston area, specializing in small mammals, songbirds, doves, and small raptors.  Our goal is to rehabilitate with the intent to release back into the wild.  If this goal cannot be achieved because the animal is beyond care or has sustained injuries preventing its release, TWRC will humanely end its suffering.  There are rare 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.  Whenever TWRC is unable to accept wildlife for rehabilitation, rescuers receive referrals to other wildlife organizations in the area who can offer the best care for those animals.

Core Values


TWRC provides a community for people who are dedicated to Texas wildlife. We value and care about each other — working to inspire, challenge and support our fellow wildlife caregivers.  Although many of us are volunteers, we aspire to a level of professionalism in everything we do.


The staff and volunteers of TWRC strive to develop future leaders in the wildlife field.  Through our work with the Boy and Girl scouts and local colleges, we actively seek out and then train tomorrow’s wildlife workers. By openly showing our enthusiasm for conserving native Texas wildlife, we establish bold visions and purposefulness in the next generation.


At Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (TWRC) we believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all living things. We value the lives of every animal that enters our care and vow to treat each animal humanely and with respect and compassion.  Although our goal is to release all animals back to the wild, we hold ourselves accountable to do what is best for each individual animal.


Through our outreach programs we aim to help the public understand the importance of conservation and to gain an appreciation of native Texas wildlife. We are committed to educating the public about wildlife as a means to encourage people to coexist with the wild animals who share our environment.

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No Wildlife Admissions

"Due to a conference that our Veterinary and Animal Rehabilitation Staff are attending, we will be closed and unable to accept wildlife admissions from Monday, February 27th through Sunday March 5th. If you have an animal in need, please visit ahnow.org to find a permitted rehabilitator or wildlife facility close to you that can take the animal immediately. We apologize for any inconvenience."

TWRC will be CLOSED on July 4th!

Houston Humane Society TWRC Wildlife Center will be CLOSED on Monday, July 4th in honor of Independence Day! We will re-open on Tuesday, July 5th for normal operations.
Should you need immediate wildlife assistance, please visit Animal Help Now at www.ahnow.org to obtain a list of wildlife rehabbers in your area. Otherwise, call us at 713-468-TWRC (8972), leave a message, and we'll contact you when we return on July 5. 

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