To improve the Quality of Life in our region through education and public awareness of our native wildlife, and by giving the sick, injured and orphaned WILDLIFE a second chance to be free.
A Brief History
In 1994, Tri County Wildlife Care was founded in the home of a Veterinary Technician and first Director of Animal Care, along with her partner, in Sutter Creek, California. They saw the need for wildlife rescue and education and sought to serve Amador, Calaveras and San Joaquin counties. The founders applied for and received a California Department of Fish and Game Rehabilitation permit and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird permit.
It's always been about saving the critters
Habitats for the permanent residents and guests alike
In 1995, Tri County Wildlife Care incorporated, becoming a 501 (c3) nonprofit corporation, and began rescue operations as well as fundraising and education programs under the guidance of an elected Board of Directors.
With the volunteer staff growing and revenue from fundraising increasing, the organization improved facilities to receive permits for raptors and other species.
Operations in the beginning were conducted at a remote location in Sutter Creek, ideal for wildlife rehabilitation as it was quiet; but as the neighborhood changed, an increase in traffic on the road adjacent to where wildlife was being rehabilitated became problematic as the welfare of the animals was threatened.
Rescue, Rehab, and Release
In 2005, the founding Director of Animal Care left her role and moved out of the area. With this move, TCWC's rehabilitation operations were in jeopardy. A new Director of Animal Care stepped in, working with the remaining team to obtain the necessary State and Federal approvals to continue operations.
An intake area was created at a retail location in Jackson, CA. This central location allowed the public to drop off wildlife in need of care, and provided space for a songbird nursery as well. Non-songbird species were taken to offsite rehabilitation teams in quiet, remote locations with specialized caging for the species to be rehabilitated.
Sometimes at great risk
In 2010,TCWC began applying to obtain the necessary permits to maintain and utilize education animals and birds in order to provide information to the community regarding living in harmony with their wildlife neighbors. The education program has grown each year, with TCWC volunteers and their education animals visiting numerous schools, clubs and organizations to provide messages about living in balance with nature.
In 2014, TCWC achieved the status of Silver Participant on the GuideStar Exchange, establishing the organization as a well-managed charity deserving of the contributions from their donors and funders. By 2016, TCWC had achieved Platinum status, establishing our organization as one of the best managed nonprofits on the Exchange!
In 2021, TCWC and A-PAL Humane Society jointly purchased a former pet bed & breakfast and its adjoining one-acre lot at 12360 Trade Center Drive in Jackson. In doing so, we created PawsPartners, An Alliance for the Animals, both domestic and wild. It was the perfect setup, creating space for a bird nursery and cat adoption site.
WHO WE HELP
TCWC LEADERSHIP TEAM
President Susan Manning owned the Feed Barn Country Store with her husband John for over 20 years. They are now retired, and Susan spends as much time as she can volunteering for A-PAL and Tri County Wildlife Care. She became involved with TCWC in 1994 when the group asked her to discount feed for wildlife. She has been instrumental in the creation of PawsPartners Center in Jackson as a place where the public can take injured, ill, and orphaned critters to be cared for, rehabilitated and released back into the wild. Susan has a great love of wildlife and feels this is a way to give back to the community.
Executive Director Cooper Steely came to PawsPartners in 2021 with 15 years of management experience. She loves all animals and leverages her combined management and animal care experience to direct operations for both TCWC and A-PAL Humane Society.
Board of Directors
Records Committee Director - Lynda Cook has been on the Board of Directors since 2004. Lynda became interested in Tri County Wildlife Care because of her love of wildlife and feeling that she could make a difference in the organization. She has many years experience working with non-profit organizations as well as running a successful mortgage company prior to her retirement.
Finance Committee Director - Alba Arosio has been with Tri County Wildlife Care since 2002 and brings her diversified business expertise to the organization. She loves animals and one of her goals is to ensure that future generations in the tri-counties are able to enjoy and appreciate the local wildlife.
Director of Social Media Development Elisabeth (Beth) Anderson is currently a Computer Resource teacher for the Elk Grove Unified School District. She discovered Tri County Wildlife Care when seeking help for a sick turkey vulture. Beth loves animals and has spent years running across roads to rescue them. It was inevitable she would come to volunteer for a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organization.
Director of Communications Reesa Staten joined the board in August 2022. She recently moved to Amador County from the Bay Area, where for many years she led communications for a Fortune 500 corporation. Reesa grew up with animals and has been a frequent volunteer for animal welfare causes. Early in her career, she worked as a Public Information Specialist for the San Francisco SPCA. She is happy to see her passion for animal rescue come full circle through her work with TCWC.
Join the TCWC Education and Public Relations Team
Develop educational programs that facilitate meaningful communication about wildlife to all ages, throughout the community.
Communicate the purpose and philosophy of TCWC to the community-at-large and especially to potential volunteers and donors.
Create and maintain a favorable public image for TCWC with press releases, website updates, logos and signage, and special events that gain public attention through the media without direct advertising.
Join the TCWC Fund Raising Team
Build successful relationships with our supporters and explore new and imaginative fundraising opportunities.
Raise awareness of TCWC’s work, aims, and goals through fundraising events. This may involve organizing traditional events and developing web-based fundraising, online auctions, and merchandise sales.
You will be able to use your networking and creative skills to achieve a sense of accomplishment and reward by raising the most money to help our area wildlife recover from injury, illness, or being orphaned.
The animals thank you for your kindness and support