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             South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Inc.

Caring for Wildlife since 1988


AVIAN FLU

Unfortunately, Avian Flu is now in Texas and one of the state's 

wildlife rehabilitation centers  has admitted an infected bird. 

Here at SPWRC we have protocols in place to protect birds admitted 

to our facility along with our Ambassador birds. 

 We have always kept our Ambassador (Education) birds separate from incoming 'rehabilitation' birds.

 If you have an injured or sick raptor (bird of prey) or waterfowl/duck, 

please call the Wildlife Center at 806-799-2142 to receive instructions. 

 Please do not drop off these species in our Drop Off Building as this can contaminate our facilities. 

 Please protect yourself by wearing gloves if coming in contact with raptors or waterfowl.


Avian influenza is caused by a virus that infects domestic poultry and (some) wild birds (primarily geese, ducks and shorebirds).

There is much more information on the web, including at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Website.


Until further notice, SPWRC will also not book any educational programs.

Baby Season 2022 is upon us - Baby squirrels have already arrived, and will be followed by scores of baby birds 

of all species and sizes. Please refer to "Baby Birds 101" on the top of this page before you call us! 

Congratulations once again to Animal Medical Center of Lubbock in the KCBD "Best of the West" 2022 Competition!

The vets and staff there have helped the Wildlife Center with their care, advice and expertise for our wildlife patients since 1988!


It's 2022 and SPWRC is still going strong in our 34th year of operation!

     Many of you know our website was down since March, 2021. This was due to several factors: Last summer webs.com was made part of VistaPrint.com 

   I received no prior notification about this, so it has been extremely complicated (to say the least) trying to get our web site up and running again....involving six or more individuals - and one instrumental individual who is no longer in this area. Please check back as we try to re-engage people with news of interest to our readers.


A big thank you to Jack Davies and Jake Gustainis for helping with this effort!


     South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Inc., is the equivalent of a hospital for wildlife. With this being our purpose, our facilities are not open to the public. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we are required to follow strict protocols to protect our staff and volunteers - and the wildlife in our care. We will resume regular events when it becomes safe for everyone here at the Center, as well as for the public. Thank you for your understanding and support during these challenging times.

How can I make a monetary donation?





Donations were very good throughout the last year. We are licensed by the state of Texas as well as the federal government (US Fish & Wildlife Service), but we receive no funding whatsoever from either regulatory agency.  



You can follow goings on at SPWRC on Facebook, Instagram, and

Founder Carol Lee's personal Facebook page.

Great Horned Owl ​gets a Helping Hand

     

     We got a call from a rancher North of Shallowater, TX, about a Great-horned Owl caught in his fence. Daniel Andrews of SPWRC helped cut the owl out of it. 

     We are very grateful to Dr. Tim Polk and vet tech Stuart Camp at Animal Medical Center. They had to anesthetize the owl to remove the embedded wire in his wing. She will be on antibiotics for about 10 days. 

     She has a mate waiting for her and was released back to her original location.



Baby Bird Season is here again, so before you call us please read what steps to follow in your decision making here on our web site on the tab above, "Baby Birds 101." Please render aid if necessary but don't kidnap healthy fledglings hopping around on the ground - where they normally spend a couple days learning essential survival skills from their parents -- who are always nearby, even though you may not see them!

Thank you to everyone who helps us continue our twofold Mission of Wildlife Rehabilitation and Environmental Education!

     

South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Inc. is an IRS determined

501 (c) 3 non-profit facility that cares for orphaned, injured, ill and displaced

wild animals with the ultimate goal of returning wildlife back

to its natural habitat whenever possible.



Please note: 

There will not be a Junior Volunteer Program this summer, 2022


Our next "Open House" event will be help in fall, 2022

Details will be posted on our web site and on social media in the coming months

Our Electronic Front Gate was Installed

There is also a small similar walk - through gate on the section adjacent.

The focal point is a likeness of our front sign, complete with our Mockingbird logo!

A Northern Mockingbird was my inspiration to start a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Lubbock in 1988. Thanks to our "anonymous donor" for the funds to create this! 

The Wildlife Center does not take domestic pets (Cats/kittens, dogs/puppies, pet parrots, rabbits, etc.)

This link provides a list of Lubbock Area Animal Rescues that work with domestic pets.  

How can SPWRC help you?

Where you located and what are your hours?

SPWRC is on Indiana Avenue at 95th Street behind the 80 ft. wall with a wildlife mural. 

Our official address is 3308 95th Street Lubbock, TX 79423 

The Wildlife Drop-Off building in our driveway is open 24 hours a day - It is checked often

Volunteers and staff are on site seven days a week during daylight hours only.

Where do I go if  I  bring you an animal?



The Animal Drop-Off Building (pictured) is the point of entry for all animals admitted to SPWRC.  There is a white building in the parking lot where all animals check in. Please fill out an admission slip with information about the animal and you (its rescuer) - this is only for our records, required 

annually by our regulating agencies.

During daylight hours, a buzzer will sound and someone will 

come to get the animal 

Weekends and after hours – fill out the admission slip and leave 

the animal in a secure box with ventilation or in one of the cages. 

Staff checks the building every morning and periodically throughout the day.

*Please do NOT try to enter the main property (past the electric gate) 

or go to the house at the front of the property.



What should I do if I find a:

  • Wildlife Youngsters – When to Rescue
  • Baby Birds – Baby Birds 101
  • Cottontail Bunnies – Cottontail 101
  • Chimney Swifts

How can I make a donation of supplies? Take a look at our Wish List 

on tab at top of this page of needed supplies.

  • You may purchase items locally and bring to our Animal Drop-Off Building (95th & Indiana)
  • Or use SPWRC Amazon Wish List – order from Amazon and have it delivered to us

  • Donations are tax-deductible to the extent the law allows. 
  •  South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit facility. 

How can I be a volunteer at SPWRC? Forms and Information available HERE

  • Adult Volunteers (age 18 and above)
  • Junior Volunteers (age 12 to 17) during the summer months

Can I visit SPWRC and see your animals?

  • The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is not open to the public except during our Open House events.
  • Our animals are recuperating and need rest and quiet.
  • Our next Open House will be sometime in fall. Details will be posted here and on our Facebook page.

Can I schedule an Environmental Educational program for a group?

  • Programs are done for a fee. Funds raised support our operating and general expenses.
  • SPWRC receives no funding from federal or state agencies. Contact Gail Barnes at 799-2142 for more information.