How are we doing?
More than 90% of our expenses go towards our 2 programs SECOND CHANCE TO BE FREE – CRITTER CARE and SAVING WILDLIFE SAVES US – COMMUNITY EDUCATION.
Second Chance to be Free - TCWC's Critter Care Program
TCWC measures long term success by analyzing our 3 and 5 year average survival rates and then benchmarking them against out-of-area and out-of-state wildlife rehabilitators. We then determine if we can improve our care-giving protocols and subsequent survival rates. We ensure that TCWC complies with federal and state permit requirements and monitor that our protocols adhere to International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC) and California Council For Wildlife Rehabilitators (CCWR) standards. TCWC maintains an on-going relationship with the University Of California Davis School Of Veterinary Medicine, the second leading veterinary school in the country, to stay apprised of leading-edge wildlife rehab protocols.
TCWC measures short term success by tracking wildlife intake and the following rates: release, transfer, reunite, re-foster, and death. These are summarized each year on our spreadsheet and forwarded to the appropriate permitting authorities. We also measure our success by the timeliness and quality of our wildlife care giving supplies as well as our ability to quickly respond to new or replacement caging requirements. TCWC shares care giving assistance with in-area and out-of area rehabilitators and veterinarians to improve our animals’ chances for recovery. Complex cases are transferred to U.C. Davis Veterinary School for extraordinary protocols.
SURVIVAL RATES (TARGET IS 50% OR HIGHER)
SEASON INTAKE SURVIVAL %
2017 1032 76%
2018 919 72%
2019 868 76%
2020 991 68%
2021 1165 72% (131 different species)
Saving Wildlife Saves Us - TCWC's Community Education Program
TCWC’s long term success is indicated by the behavioral changes we’ve observed by our tri- county communities. For example, the number of owl and bat boxes installed, the reduction in citizen deer and duck feeding, and the “how do we” questions asked at our annual “Wildlife Workshop”.
TCWC’s short term success is indicated by the year-over-year increase in requests for our presentations at our local schools, senior centers, and area events.
EDUCATION ATTENDEES & HOURS
SEASON ATTENDEES SESSIONS SESSION HOURS
2016 3526 33 89
2017 5664 30 71
2018 3296 26 62
2019 2275 23 43
2020 366 7 5
As a direct outcome of our efforts to achieve these results, Tri County Wildlife Care has been acknowledged by the Guidestar Exchange, being awarded the Platinum Participant status!