Caring for Injured & Orphaned Wildlife in the Willamette Valley
Thank you for your interest in Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center. Following is some information about wildlife rehabilitation, our mission and an audio slideshow on the "day in the life" of an animal care volunteer.
Wildlife Rehabilitation involves medically treating injured or sick non-domesticated wildlife, or raising orphaned or abandoned wildlife, using methods that prepare them for release and survival in the wild.
To provide treatment and necessary care, to sick, injured or orphaned wildlife and return them to their natural habitat.
To enhance awareness of and appreciation for the environment; foster a connection between humans and Oregon’s wildlife, through education programs and referrals.
To give people an avenue through which they can express their value of life and the natural environment by providing humane, skilled care to wild animals.
Our volunteers are important!
TRWC is a non-profit organization that is totally dependent on volunteers to do the work of caring for the injured, sick, or orphaned wildlife we admit to our center. Without the commitment and dedicated energy of dozens of volunteers TRWC would not exist. The hundreds of animals admitted each year would not have been helped, and the concerned, caring people in our community would have had no where to turn for help with the injured and orphaned wildlife they found.
Benefits for Volunteers
As a TRWC volunteer you can:
Make a difference to the injured, sick, and orphaned wildlife admitted to the center.
Gain wildlife rehabilitation skills and general work experience. Such experience helps to build a resume.
Make new friends.
Gain an insight to possible careers working with wildlife.
Use TRWC as a reference for future jobs
Receive TRWC’s newsletter
Working with wild animals is very rewarding to those truly committed. It is heartwarming and glorious to handle and care for the orphans and watch them grow into healthy beautiful juveniles and to relieve the pain of those injured by providing treatment and care. People attracted to the idea of wildlife rehabilitation however need to understand that a large amount of the work is not so glamorous such as cleaning and disinfecting and laundry.
Animal Care Volunteer Expectations
Volunteers need to be able to work in any kind of weather, as the animals need care everyday.
Volunteers may also need to do some physical work requiring bending, lifting, and carrying.
A minimum of one shift per week (usually that’s four to five hours per week)
At least a six-month commitment.
The following is a summary of what you need to do to become an Animal Care volunteer.
Once a month we hold an orientation meeting that you need to attend. If you commit to volunteering, formal training will be provided.
Sign up for a shift. Shifts are a minimum of 4-5 hours per week, with at least a 6-month commitment.