Fact Sheet

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Quick Facts

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care is located in South Lake Tahoe, CA

Our mission: to raise, rehabilitate and release orphaned and injured wild birds and animals.

We are a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

Federal ID number: 94-2799765.

We are an independent, nonprofit volunteer organization.

We operate under permits issued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the United States Fish & Wildlife Service.


What types of animals do you care for?

LTWC cares for injured and orphaned wild birds and animals. That includes everything from hummingbirds to bears! The animals we most commonly care for include:

  • Bears (LTWC is the only facility in Northern California licensed to care for bear cubs)
  • Raptors (bald eagles, golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, great-horned owls, barn owls)
  • River otters
  • Bobcats
  • Raccoons
  • Chipmunks and squirrels
  • Deer
  • Rabbits
  • Coyotes
  • Steller’s jays
  • Woodpeckers
  • Ravens, magpies and crows
  • Songbirds
  • Ducks and geese

Why help wildlife?

Most of the animals we treat at LTWC have been injured or orphaned due to interactions with humans or human-made things. We do not rescue prey from predators or otherwise advocate with interfering with the natural environment. Instead, we look to undo some of the damage that our modern-day human presence has on wildlife.

Helping wildlife is an important component of caring for our environment. Reducing negative human impact on birds and animals helps protect biodiversity and conserve our habitat.

Finally, helping wildlife helps us. Caring for injured and orphaned animals gives us and our community an opportunity to interact with and learn about wildlife in a responsible way.

I found an orphaned or injured bird or animal. What should I do?

Please read our guidelines and call us at 530-577-2273 (CARE).

How can I help?

Great question! LTWC relies on the contributions of our supporters. Please make a donation or visit our support page for other ways to help.

How are donations used?

All donated funds go to support LTWC. Please visit our financials page for more detail.

When did LTWC get started?

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care was started in 1978 by Tom and Cheryl Millham.

How big is the LTWC facility?

Our current location is on 3/4 of an acre, in the home of our founders, Tom and Cheryl Millham. However, we are currently underway with a major relocation and expansion project, which will sited on nearly 30 acres!

We are incredibly excited about this project. Click here to learn more about it!