Help Friends of Texas Wildlife Give Native Texas Animals a Second Chance

By: Rachel Norton
| Published 06/15/2021


THE WOODLANDS, TX — From hummingbirds to armadillos, fawns to squirrels, Friends of Texas Wildlife (FTWL) supports the rehabilitation of injured, or orphaned native Texas wildlife. Based in Montgomery County, they rely entirely on donations and volunteers to care for the near 4,000 animals they take in each year.

- Check out their Facebook page to see some of the amazing animals they’ve rescued -

Volunteer opportunities are plenty; help with environmental education programs, work in the intake center, train to become a rehabber, organize fundraising opportunities, assist with marketing and community outreach, or tend to the grounds.

FTWL works with your schedule. Whether you’re able to help out on Monday and Wednesday of every week, or you can only fit in two days a month, your time is equally appreciated! Volunteer orientations are held about once every 6 weeks. There, you’ll learn more about which option best suits your lifestyle, personality, and strengths.

A majority of the animals that arrive at FOTW are taken home by rehabbers, so that they can receive the round-the-clock care they need, in hopes that they will be released back into the wild once healthy. Rehabbers provide care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Prospective rehab volunteers are partnered with a trained, permitted rehabilitator for about a year to learn how to properly care for an assortment of birds and mammals. It’s demanding work, yet entirely rewarding.

For more information on becoming a volunteer, email Friends of Texas Wildlife at - their Volunteer Coordinator will get back to you!

Visit the FTWL website, and click the ‘Support the Center’ tab. You’ll find more ways to help, including their Donation Wish List.

If you have found an animal that needs help, please email their hotline at

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