Become a Rehabber with TWRC!
Rehabilitating wildlife can be an extremely rewarding experience! Most species require a prospective rehabber to obtain state (and sometimes federal) permits to be able to rehabilitate them in their home. Those interested in at-home wildlife rehabilitation can work as a sub-permitted rehabilitator under the mentorship of a permitted rehabilitator. Becoming a permitted wildlife rehabilitator generally takes from 1.5 to 2 years.
Wildlife rehabilitators with TWRC are uniquely supported in a number of ways:
- Discounts on consumable rehab supplies
- Assistance with caging needs and cage set-up/enrichment
- Advance notice of educational opportunities
- Personal mentorship by experienced rehabilitators specializing in the species in which you are interested.
- Assistance with getting sub-permitted or obtaining your own rehabilitation permit for a home facility.
- Free veterinarian assistance for animals in rehabilitation.
- Free medication for rehab animals and access to x-ray equipment.
In order to become a home-based rehabber with TWRC, you must be at least 21 years of age, live in the Greater Houston Area and meet the following requirements:
1) Volunteer in our Animal Care Program (ACP) for a minimum of 10 hours. These hours must be earned within the 6-month period immediately preceding being sub-permitted and/or receiving animals. If you have questions regarding the Animal Care Program, please visit the “Contact Us” page on our website and select “Animal Care Program” under “Message Type”.
2) Complete “Intro to Home-Based Rehab” presentation online (see information below).
3) Upgrade your membership to become a Rehabber Member of TWRC (an additional cost of $10) by visiting the “Renew Your Membership” page and selecting “Upgrade from Animal Care Program to Rehabber Membership + $10.00”.
4) Contact TWRC’s Rehab Coordinator at [email protected] once 1) your volunteer hours are complete, 2) you have read through the Intro to Home Rehab presentation and 3) you have upgraded your membership. You will then be paired with a mentor and get sub-permitted.
If you have additional questions, please contact TWRC’s Rehab Coordinator at [email protected].
Intro to Home Rehab Presentation (Online)
The purpose of our “Intro to Home Rehab” presentation is to give you an idea of whether rehabbing will be a good fit for your budget and lifestyle and to learn the processes and procedures you will need to know as a TWRC Rehabber. The presentation covers topics such as: laws regulating wildlife rehabilitation, working with your permitted mentor, how to buy supplies (and other procedures), and time commitments required for various species.
Please complete the registration and review the accompanying presentation (you will have access to the presentation after completing the registration).
IWRC Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course
TWRC hosts the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council’s Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation course each year in January or February. This is a 2-day, hands-on training seminar certified through IWRC where Rehabilitators receive formal training to become wildlife rehabilitators. While this course is not required to become a permitted rehabilitator, it offers invaluable health, nutrition, and housing information, as well as education on a number of other topics that are vital to all levels of rehabber, from beginners to those with years of experience. There will oftentimes also be an advanced class offered the day after the Basic Skills course. Please check IWRC’s courses page during the months of October – December to see what classes will be offered at TWRC, how much they cost and when the next class will be held.