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20 Years in the Making 

For nearly 20 years, LTWC looked for a larger, more isolated site. Previously, LTWC operated out of our founder’s home and backyard, and while the-once-quiet neighborhood grew up quickly around us, our animal care needs also grew and it became clear LTWC had to move.


In late 2012, longtime supporter, Barbara Harootunian, left LTWC a large donation in her will, transformative in our efforts to purchase a new property and plan a move. Several sites and plans were explored, and though these locations didn’t work for our permanent home, the plans established a roadmap for our site design, which is evident in LTWC’s home today.


In 2014, the Johnson/Springmeyer family agreed to lease, with the option to buy, a 27-acre parcel off Al Tahoe Blvd. to LTWC, kicking off years of intensive planning, fundraising, and organizational changes necessary to achieve sustainability at our new facility.


In 2018, Lisa Maloff donated to support the project, followed by a generous donation from the Bently Foundation, Elfenworks Foundation,  and the Gordon Family. With their support and through grants from The Ludwick Family Foundation and several others, including the Tahoe Fund via their donors Tahoe Blue Vodka, the Mathman family, and MH Buckeye, we were able to break ground and build seven of the thirteen planned buildings. LTWC moved into our new facility in October 2019.


The completed hospital/ rehabilitation structure and various outbuildings create a great habitat for our animals, and the staff and volunteers are caring for more animals than ever! We’re looking forward to completing the remainder of the enclosures in the coming years. Our new buildings and enclosures will greatly increase our capacity and care capabilities, allowing LTWC to rescue, rehabilitate and release even more of Lake Tahoe’s wild birds and animals.

Please contact us for ways you can be part of our future!