Each year thousands of ill, injured and orphaned wildlife get a second chance at life thanks to the dedicated volunteers and staff at TWRC Wildlife Center who care for them until they can be returned to the wild. If you have a deep appreciation of wildlife and want to join a network of people committed to preserving Texas wildlife, read further on how you can assist by becoming an Animal Caregiver or Helper in the Opossum and Pals Program.
The Opossum and Pals Program (or OPP) is a newer addition to TWRC’s onsite animal care programs. Onsite animal care provides relief to our rehabbers when they need a break or go on vacation. It also allows continued placement of animals when rehabbers are at capacity or can no longer accept wildlife for care. The OPP’s primary residents consist mainly of opossums; however, there are also doves that require care and tube-feeding. Other animals may be housed in the program until they are placed with a rehabber or are ready for release back into the wild. No rabies vector species will be allowed in the program.
The Program runs (roughly) from March through October of every year. Three shifts will be in operation 7-days a week starting at 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm, and 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. If tasks are completed before the shift has ended, volunteers will be asked to offer assistance in other Center chores.
Our goal is to staff the Program with as many experienced and skilled volunteers as possible to ensure the best quality of care for our wildlife. We are looking for individuals who can administer hydration fluid via SQ injection, tube feed doves, and are familiar with medication and dosing. We will also provide training to those individuals who feel comfortable working with all species and are willing to put in the work to become proficient in all skills.