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BEHIND THE SCENES SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Ann Pearson, Volunteer Veterinarian

Dr. Ann Pearson, a long time Tucson veterinarian, first met Tucson Wildlife Center’s Executive Director, Lisa Bates, when they worked together to rescue and treat a pregnant deer that had fallen into a stock tank. Since that time, she has attended TWC’s annual benefit gala and has brought injured wildlife into the Center. “Over the…

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BEHIND THE SCENES SPOTLIGHT: Sarah, Wildlife Care Volunteer

As a seasonal resident escaping Michigan winters, Sarah began volunteering at Tucson Wildlife Center to give back to her adopted community as well as to meet others. “With my love of animals and experience volunteering at an animal shelter in Michigan, TWC was a perfect fit. And, once I made Tucson my year-round home, I…

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BEHIND THE SCENES SPOTLIGHT: John, Wildlife Care Volunteer / Animal Intake Specialist

For many people, being commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Arizona Army National Guard would be enough service work. But for John, it was just a start. His first introduction to Tucson Wildlife Center was after finding an orphaned baby quail in his garden. “I brought the quail to TWC and was so thankful…

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BEHIND THE SCENES Tour – The Sam Goldman Wildlife Hospital

Tucson Wildlife Center, Inc. has been rescuing sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals for 24 years. Our largely volunteer-operated nonprofit provides rescue and release services, medical care, and on-site rehabilitation all free of charge to the public. Tucson Wildlife Center’s Sam Goldman Wildlife Hospital is the only 24/7/365 hospital in Southern Arizona dedicated to caring…

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BEHIND THE SCENES SPOTLIGHT: Tim, Wildlife Care Volunteer

Shortly after relocating to Tucson last year, Tim started looking for wildlife volunteer opportunities. Previously he had volunteered at Wildlife Images Rehabilitation Center in Grants Pass, Oregon, and when he discovered Tucson Wildlife Center, he happily joined our team as a Wildlife Care Volunteer. Most of Tim’s time is spent preparing food and feeding the…

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BEHIND THE SCENES SPOTLIGHT: Karen, Wildlife Care Specialist

Upon retiring from her job as a medical doctor with Indian Health Service in 2017, Karen began looking for volunteer opportunities to fill some of her free time. Previously, she had served as a foster parent to newborn puppies for the Pima Animal Control Center (PACC) and considered starting again but thought it would be…

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BEHIND THE SCENES SPOTLIGHT: Janet, Wildlife Care Shift Leader

When Janet first discovered Tucson Wildlife Center, she had no idea such a place existed. She had previously been a docent at zoos in Syracuse and Detroit and thought she would volunteer at Reid Park Zoo. But when their training schedule was not convenient for her, she began searching for other opportunities to work with…

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BEHIND THE SCENES SPOTLIGHT: Jack, TWC Board Secretary

A mechanical engineer and manager by trade, Jack retired from his last loved position as director of the largest piano restoration facility in Los Angeles in 2014 and moved to Tucson. Already an accomplished pianist, Jack’s first goal in retirement was to challenge himself even further (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpQgHCwpWJ4). But even with this new goal of becoming…

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BEHIND THE SCENES SPOTLIGHT: Kathy, Wildlife Care Specialist

Kathy considers working at Tucson Wildlife Center literally a dream come true. “Years ago, I had a dream that I was in an attic space and every rafter was filled with owls and hawks.” She began working at TWC as a volunteer in 2017 and became an employee in 2020, now splitting her time between…

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BEHIND THE SCENES SPOTLIGHT: Linda, Volunteer Wildlife Care Specialist

With a life-long love of animals, Linda started volunteering at Tucson Wildlife Center eight years ago, after her mom pointed out an article in the newspaper about local animal rehab centers needing volunteers. She chose TWC because of the variety of animals they accepted, and her one-day-a-week commitment quickly turned into four! As a wildlife…

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