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             South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Inc.

Caring for Wildlife since 1988

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 was made part of 

   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?

  UPDATE: HOME FOUND!   A Very Merry Christmas for "Puddles" the Duck!

This domestic duck was found at Earl Crow Park. Its beak is deformed and he needs to be hand fed or have his 

food in a deep dish filled to the top. We are looking for a home for this duck. He will not survive in the wild.  

December, 2021 - A great Christmas for this duck!

2021 Updates

Last year brought many new challenges and changes to the Wildlife Center. The good news: SPWRC will be in its 34th year of operation in 2022! The bad news: Covid-19 affected us as it did everyone and virtually everything else in our suddenly not-so-normal-lives. That notwithstanding, Director Gail Barnes, her staff and volunteers managed to stay healthy and continued all the day-to-day operations, but with some changes. Admissions exceeded 2600. Bird admissions accounted for 71.4% of all admissions, while mammals were 27.3% and reptiles at 1.3%.

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 recently 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 will be released back to her original location.

Baby Bird Season will be upon us all too soon again come spring, 2022, 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!


Call us at 806 799-2142 if you have questions

From Director Gail Barnes:

In response to Coronavirus concerns, SPWRC implemented procedures for protecting our staff, volunteers, interns, and the public. 

Our Animal Drop-off Building is open 24 hours a day

 It is checked frequently from early morning until dusk every day.

We ask that you complete the paperwork inside and leave the wildlife 

you rescued in one of the cages.

*We will not come out to the building until after you leave the premises.

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.

Our new Electronic Front Gate was Installed!

There is also a small similar gate on the walk-through 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! 

Busy "Baby Season" is likely to begin in March or April. If our winter continues to be mild, 

doves and squirrels will be starting families, soon followed by songbirds 

like Blue Jays, Robins and Mockingbirds in May.

We'll be very busy during daylight hours 7 days a week.

If you'd like to volunteer, call us at 806 799-2142 and talk

with Gail Barnes, our Director (Note: Many things are on "Hold"

during the pandemic - Call and speak with Gail if you have questions

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?

(Please see information at the top of this page for information during the Coronavirus Pandemic

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.

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 after you leave

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

the animal in a box 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 spring. 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.