TWRC Wildlife Center
2018-Year in Review
From TWRC Board President Cheryl Conley

Hello TWRC Members,

Although we’re well on our way to another busy year, I wanted to give you a short overview of the highlights of 2018.

All of us at TWRC appreciate your support and want to invite you to come and visit the Center if you haven’t already done so.

Thank you for all you do!

Cheryl Conley 
THE NUMBERS

TOTAL ADMISSIONS : Our Center admitted 4,395 animals from 149 different species for care in 2018.

ONSITE ANIMAL CARE PROGRAM (ACP): In the first year of the newly combined Onsite Animal Care Programs, ACP admitted and cared for 39 different species of mammals and birds, totaling 1230 animals, in 2018.

TOTAL VOLUNTEER HOURS : 251,000

BUDGET:
For the first time ever, we started out 2019 with a balanced budget. This would not have been possible without the generous support of our members, donors and private and corporate sponsorships. We always strive to not spend more than we take in but there are many variables in our business. We never know from year to year how many animals will be admitted. This, of course, affects all the other aspects of our business. The more animals we take in, the more medications we need, the more supplies we need, the more wages we have to pay to care for the animals, etc. Unfortunately, there is no correlation between admissions and donations so that affects our bottom line. Rest assured that we are always trying to find ways to save money. We're always looking for ways to reduce our medication and supply expenses without sacrificing quality of care that we give to each and every animal we admit.
INTERNS:
In 2018 we were fortunate to have 17 interns from all over the country. They assist in all areas of the Center. We are so fortunate to have these young adults every year and look forward to another good group this year.
Kathy Hulbert 
Cassia Lewandowski
Emilio Peruzzi
Parker Hylton
Catie Chio
Sabryna McBride
Laura Carter
Emily Flores
Arisa Furuta
Amber Zschokke
Kate Sparenberg
Jade Bowers
Kiki Malatesta
Reena Gannon
Channing Green
Jarrett Blair
Colby Hewitt
Pictured:
Front Row Left to Right
Parker Hylton
Kathy Hulbert
Sabrina McBride
Back Row Left to Right
Kate Sparenberg
Channing Green
Jarrett Blair
EDUCATION:
Education is a big part of our mission and focuses on fostering a love of the environment and promoting good stewardship of our natural resources and Texas wildlife. Our aim is to help people of all ages understand more about the world around them; their impact on it, and its impact on them. Our hope is that they will then be inspired to act in ways that will help preserve our natural resources. 

Our education team logged 4,000 miles and 480 hours to spread our message to the greater Houston-area population. 
H-E-B CRITTER CREW:  
With a generous donation from H-E-B, we developed a new education program.
With this funding, we will be taking our educational outreach program on the road to 25 underserved schools in and around Houston. The program is meant to reach schools and students that wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to see live wild animals or learn about their importance in our environment.
WEST HOUSTON SUBARU:
We are so grateful to West Houston Subaru for providing urgently needed funding for our Animal Care Program. We used this donation to purchase medications, supplies and additional caging. We also purchased our education vehicle from them and found their service to be outstanding!
NEW TWRC VEHICLE:    
One of our volunteers, Susan Kadow, is a very dedicated, passionate volunteer. Her mother, Jean Kadow, was in another state but Susan told her so much about TWRC that Jean became one of our biggest fans. Sadly, Jean passed in 2018 but she wanted to remember TWRC in her will. With the donation that she left for us, we were able to fulfill a goal that we had never been able to reach. We were able to purchase a TWRC vehicle. This vehicle gives us great visibility when we’re out in the community. It also serves as the education vehicle. Up to the point when we purchased it, our Education Coordinator was using her own personal vehicle.
5K RUN:
On September 8 th , we held our 1 st Annual 5K run at Roy C. Burroughs park in Tomball. We had 78 runners and many more that came just to observe. Our 2019 race will be bigger and better. Watch for details in early fall.
DAVID BALL CONCERT:
On July 18 th , singer/songwriter and Grammy winner David Ball performed for our first ever concert fundraiser. The event was held at Dosey Doe in The Woodlands. We had a great crowd and we hope to do something similar in the future.
Photo Contest:
We had a very successful online photo contest in 2018. We received great photos of Texas wildlife and nature scenes. The winners were chosen by votes cast by the public. The winners had their photos featured on a 2019 calendar available for sale to the public. We’ll let you know when we start accepting entries for the 2020 calendar.
A GLIMPSE OF THE WORK WE DO
WITH YOUR SUPPORT:
By videographer, Max Anton and composer, Alyssa Wixson