Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition, Inc.

Helping wildlife since 1979.

aka TWRC Wildlife Center   |   Houston, TX   |  www.twrcwildlifecenter.org

Mission

Mission Statement: To promote environmental conservation through public education and rehabilitation of Texas wildlife.

Notes from the nonprofit

The paraphrased version of the following quote seems most applicable to the purpose behind our onsite community-aided animal care programs and our onsite and offsite education programs:
• Tell me and I will forget
• Show me and I will remember
• Involve me and I will understand
• Step back and I will act

All of TWRC’s programs help people of all ages understand more about the world around them, their impact on it, and its impact on them. We continue to foster their love of their environment while developing a healthy approach to it. In all programs we answer questions people have always wanted to have answered, we dispel old myths, and we encourage hands-on learning through a diverse number and type of activities.

We use the interests of children and adults to design interactive programs that forge a connection with their natural world. We nurture their curiosity about the natural world around them and move them to care about and care for the natural world to make better choices about the world around them. We hope that everyone coming through our programs act on what they have learned and become environmental stewards.

Ruling year info

1980

Executive Director

Ms Mary Warwick

Main address

10801 Hammerly Blvd. Suite 200

Houston, TX 77043 USA

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EIN

74-2130258

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Other Services (D60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are still looking for a permanent home. We are looking for 4 acres of property to build a 15,000 square feet facility. This will allow TWRC to rehabilitate most animals in house.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Animal Care Program & Animal Rehabilitation

Wildlife Rehabilitation and Animal Care - Caring for sick and injured wild animals is at the core of Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition’s mission. The wide variety of animals under our care includes native, non-native and migratory wildlife; we particularly specialize in small mammals, migratory songbirds, small raptors, and reptiles. Our animals receive extraordinary care. The TWRC Wildlife Center is equipped with incubators, anesthesia equipment and an x-ray machine. On arrival, depending upon its condition, an animal may receive fluids, pain medication, antibiotics, stitches and/or splints. An action plan is then prescribed, and the animal is either admitted to our on-site care program, or placed with home-based rehabbers. Both vet room staff and volunteer rehabbers work under the guidance of partner veterinarians, who offer pro bono or discounted services on a part-time basis.

The on-site Animal Care Program is open seven days a week, 16 hours a day. When intake numbers spike, such as during the busy springtime birthing season, we open a satellite facility that specializes in the care of injured or orphaned baby animals. Armed with specialized equipment and a dedicated group of volunteers, bird, squirrel and opossum babies are provided with 24/7 care and their best chance for living. At this time, the public is welcome to help with the hands-on care of hundreds of baby animals until they become strong enough to be released back into the wild. Compassionate volunteers come from all walks of life, and with varying skill levels: from teens to seniors, working people, retired people, people with special needs, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, people who are required to complete community service, groups desiring volunteer opportunities, and students desiring hands-on experience for higher education degrees. TWRC’s only requirement is that a volunteer be at least 14 years of age.

In addition to on-site Animal Care Program volunteers, TWRC has a network of 60 licensed volunteers who provide care to injured and ill wildlife in at-home rehabilitation “centers”. Animals placed with volunteer rehabbers receive the same level of care they would receive at our Center. Unique to TWRC, many of our volunteers are trained for a particular species, thus assuring that each animal will receive the appropriate care and treatment. At-home rehabilitators are regulated and supervised by a lead rehabilitator who monitors treatment efforts and progress. Lead rehabilitators must, by law, visit and inspect each rehabber’s property and cages to ensure that they comply with state and federal standards. Due to the time and financial demands of this position, TWRC offers support, programs, and trainings for those who wish to become lead certified.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The paraphrased version of the following quote seems most applicable to the purpose behind our onsite community-aided animal care programs and our onsite and offsite education programs:
• Tell me and I will forget
• Show me and I will remember
• Involve me and I will understand
• Step back and I will act

We offer 42 different programs based upon the requests of the community over the last 4 years. This includes programs for Pre-K through 12th grade. There are programs for scouts. We offer two kinds of summer camps, Fur, Feather and Scales (7-11) focused on wildlife and Team Green (12-15) focused more on the environment. Programs are comprised of games, activities, service projects, and interactive learning experiences.

We have service merit programs and service days for the scouts.

We have many service project opportunities for every age group in the community.

We have Family Fun Days for a time for families to bond together while learning about wildlife and the environment.

We have mini-activities related to solar power, wind power, composting, water and natural biology.

Our program, without exception, involve our educational animals. Adults and children want to see various species of wildlife up, close, and personal. This interaction with wildlife can actually boost the confidence of youth. They also learn how math, science and medical subjects can be applied to the world around them. They learn the difference between a pet and a wild animal and why we shouldn’t try to turn wildlife into pets nor allow a pet to have to face life on its own out in the wild.

Our offsite community programs, festivals and corporate events, provide interactions with the public which allow us to bring to light environmental issues and concerns that impact both humans and the wildlife in their midst.

All of TWRC’s programs help people of all ages understand more about the world around them, their impact on it, and its impact on them. We continue to foster their love of their environment while developing a healthy approach to it. In all programs we answer questions people have always wanted to have answered, we dispel old myths, and we encourage hands-on learning through a diverse number and type of activities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council 1979

National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA) 1979

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

2022 goals include:
1. Increase diversity in our staff.
2. Open the Roslyn Even Wildlife Hospital in the TWRC Wildlife Center.
3. Increase the number of animals and number of species taken in per year.
4. Continue to expand education programs to more underserved schools.
5. Develop a partnership with a third-ward elementary school and begin fostering the relationship.
6. Expand our volunteer and intern programs.
7. Continue to develop quality wildlife and wildlife education programs for the community.
8. Develop new approaches to grow our investor base; find new ways to provide compelling reasons to invest in our organization.

We have contacted another non-profit about affiliating.

1. Internal Resources - We have a Board and staff who are always looking for ways to improve every aspect of our organization. We hired a volunteer consultant to assist with reworking our volunteer and intern programs.
2. External Resources - We learn from other successful animal organizations by talking with them.

We have been in talks with another non-profit for over a year about combining resources and affiliating.

Financials

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Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Susan Permenter

Maggie Kunckler

Sydney Free

Cheryl Hoggard

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/25/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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