LTWC Expansion

LTWC Groundbreaking Ceremony

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care is thrilled to have officially broken ground on our new home!

Since starting in 1978, Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care has raised, rehabilitated and released over 15,000 wild animals in need — all out of the home of its founders, Tom and Cherly Millham. We have become the go-to facility in California for raising orphaned bear cubs and treating animals burned in wildfires.

Yet we are in critical need of an expanded facility. We have seen dramatic increases in the number and variety of wildlife needing our help as the result of human interactions. We need the increased space and capacity to keep up with this increasing demand.

Our new, expanded facility will give LTWC room to care for the injured and orphaned animals staying with us. Animals will no longer be shuffled around to make room when new animals are admitted. They will have dedicated enclosures that suit their needs. And most importantly of all, we will not have to turn away animals in need.

We hope you will agree that we have a responsibility to care for wildlife that has been negatively affected by humans. Please help LTWC continue its mission to raise, rehabilitate and release injured and orphaned wildlife.

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About Our Expansion

LTWC New Site - Flyover Video

Proposed Center Fly-Over Video
Watch a 3D CAD video of our new site’s proposed layout.

Caretaker Front

Images
View artist renderings and 3D images of our plans for the new site.

LTWC Expansion Project

LTWC Expansion Project Packet (PDF)
(Coming soon) More details of our Expansion Project here.

Bear check-up, performed on a temporary exam station at current LTWC facility.

A makeshift examination table at LTWC’s current facility.

Baby skunk

Skunks are one of the species that do not have dedicated enclosures at our current facility.

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In 2014, we had a record 13 orphaned bear cubs at LTWC. Once we are at capacity, we are no longer allowed to care for additional cubs in need. Our new facility will allow us to help more cubs.

LTWC New Site - Flyover Video

Our new facility will offer a state-of-the-art animal hospital, a temperature-regulated environment for young and sensitive animals, and twelve individual animal rehabilitation buildings for care of the diverse species.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why does LTWC need a new home?

In short, we need more space so that we can improve the care we provide for animals in need.

Since opening in 1978, LTWC has had amazing success. We have successfully raised, rehabilitated and released over 15,000 wild birds and animals back to the wild, become the only organization permitted to raise orphaned bear cubs in Northern California, and become the go-to facility to care for animals suffering from wildfire burns.

These accomplishments are even more amazing when you consider that LTWC has always operated out of the home of its founders, Tom and Cheryl Millham.

However, for LTWC to continue caring for wildlife in need, it is crucial that we expand our facility. As people enjoy more and more of our regional wilderness areas, we inevitably impact the local wildlife.  LTWC has seen dramatic increases in the number and variety of wildlife needing our help as the result of unfortunate human interactions.  We need the increased space and capacity to keep up with the increasing demand.

Our new facility will provide ample room for wildlife in our care. Animals will no longer be shuffled around when new animals are admitted. They will have enclosures designed to suit their needs. We will not have to take away an enclosure from one animal if another is sick and needs to be isolated. All raptors will have room to fly rather than waiting for their turn in the flight cages. Most of all, we will not have to turn away animals in need due to lack of room.

We hope that you will agree that we humans have a responsibility to save the impacted wildlife and you’ll help us in our mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and release our wild native friends.

Where will the new facility be? And how big will it be?

Our new facility will be located on a 27-acre parcel at 1551 Al Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe, CA, on the northeast corner of Al Tahoe Boulevard and Pioneer Trail. We are thrilled with the new site, which is a huge improvement over LTWC’s current 0.75 acre site.

Where will the new facility be located?

Our new facility will be at 1551 Al Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe, CA, on the northeast corner of Al Tahoe Boulevard and Pioneer Trail.

When will the new facility open?

We officially broke ground on July 16, 2015! The new facility will open in Spring 2017.

What will the new facility include?

Our new facility will include a hospital, an animal intake area, a food storage and preparation area, a temperature-regulated environment for young and sensitive animals, the caretaker’s residence, and twelve individual animal rehabilitation buildings for care of the diverse species that are in need of assistance. All enclosures are designed to minimize human contact and ensure both human and wildlife safety.

Can I see what the new facility will look like?

Yes! You can view a 3D flyover video tour of our proposed plans, or additional images of buildings.

How can I help?

The best way to help LTWC’s complete its new home is with a donation. We need donations to cover construction and property costs, and to ensure that we can continue facility operations. Find out more about becoming an Expansion Sponsor, or contact Tom Millham at tom@ltwc.org or (530) 577-2273 to discuss your gift.

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