The Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Northwest Houston needs your help feeding unbearably cute orphaned baby animals. Baby birds, baby squirrels, and baby rabbits are among the tiny critters needing TLC. And you’re just the person to help!
Feeding Baby Birds
Every summer, an average of 1,500 baby birds are brought to the center for care and rehabilitation. In 2001, Texas Wildlife Center opened the Baby Bird Program. As part of the program, volunteers provide comprehensive onsite care for baby birds, including feeding.
The program offers a great opportunity to gain excellent animal experience and accumulate volunteer hours. Anyone 12 years and older can join by registering online, attending orientation, and paying the $25 registration fee. Email the Baby Bird Program Coordinator or click here for more information.
Feeding Baby Squirrels
The Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Center also receives hundreds of baby squirrels during spring and autumn months. These squirrels will be fed and cared for until they are old enough be released back into the wild. If you love cuddly, adorable balls of fur, this is your dream gig. All volunteers must register, pay a $25 fee, and complete an Orientation and Feeding Training session. Orientation is only an hour long. You’ll learn about the program and your duties as a volunteer, which will include feeding baby squirrels, cleaning cages, washing dishes, preparing food, weighing squirrels, and other maintenance. The Feeding Training session is two hours long and teaches volunteers to properly hand-feed baby squirrels. Volunteers must be 14 or older. 12 and 13 year olds may volunteer as assistants but will not be allowed to feed. Please click here for more information.
Opossum & Other Wildlife Rehab Volunteer Work
Other volunteer opportunities include the Opossum & Pals Rehabilitation Program, where you’ll get to help nurture and care for injured and orphaned possums. Then of course there’s the option to become a Wildlife Rehabilitator, where you’ll get to help all sorts of wild animals, big and small.
While becoming a permitted wildlife rehabilitator generally takes 1.5 to 2 years, some non-endangered species require no permits at all. You can contact the Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to see what kind of permit, if any, you’d need to acquire. If you’re interested in at-home wildlife rehabilitation, you can work as a sub-permitted rehabilitator under the mentorship of a permitted rehabilitator.
Find more information and register to volunteer at www.TWRCWildlifeVenter.org