South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Inc.
Caring for Wildlife since 1988
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!
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?
Executive Director Gail Barnes is the Llano Estacado Audubon Society Member of the Month!
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.
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:
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.
How can I be a volunteer at SPWRC? Forms and Information available HERE
Can I visit SPWRC and see your animals?
Can I schedule an Environmental Educational program for a group?