Our Mission

Bald eagle

Raise, Rehabilitate, Release

Our mission at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care is simple: We give mother nature a helping hand by raising and rehabilitating orphaned and injured wildlife so they may be released back to the wild.

Your support makes our mission possible! Please help us continue our work.

River otter at feeding time


We raise orphaned baby wild birds and animals who are unable to survive on their own.

There are lots of reasons that baby birds and animals arrive at LTWC. Many have been orphaned or separated from their parents due to wildfires, car accidents,  predation from pets and other consequences of human activity.

Most of the baby animals LTWC cares for require a special diet or care. Our facility is equipped to ensure each orphan in our care receives the correct food (i.e., food that is as close as possible to the diet their mothers would have fed), and the right environment so that they can be released as healthy adults able to fend for themselves.

If you have found a baby bird or animal, please do not try to care for it yourself. Follow our guidelines and call us at 530-577-2273 (CARE). For tips on how to live with wildlife, click here.

Li'l Smokey, with bandages on his paws.


We rehabilitate injured wildlife.

Our dedicated team of rehabilitation staff and volunteers have decades of experience in treating a wide range of wildlife injuries onsite, including concussions, wounds and infections, broken bones and torn wings.

LTWC has also become a leader in treating animals burned in wildfires. Read more about our wildfire injury success stories.

An LTWC volunteer releasing a great horned owl back to the wild.


We release the wild birds and animals we treat back to the wild.

Every animal LTWC receives is treated with the intention of releasing it back to the wild. Since opening in 1978, we have successfully cared for and released over 15,000 wild birds and animals. Click here to check out images and videos from some of our releases.

Our mission to “Raise, Rehabilitate and Release” is central to everything we do. We cannot do this without the generous help and support of our donors. Please click here to make a contribution.