Cat without a Cause

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Mom says I missed seeing some fabulous birds on Friday night. She went to a presentation put on by Tri County Wildlife Care (TCWC) to see what volunteer opportunities are available in our area. You see, I used to be an Advo-Cat for the rescue that saved my life, but when we moved here, mom and I knew we would need to find a new cause to support. Some of the people involved with TCWC are also part of A-Pal, the local domestic animal rescue. In fact, they have a joint website that you can check out here.

Susan Manning, TCWC Director of Animal Care, with saw whet owl, Brutus

Susan Manning, TCWC Director of Animal Care, with saw whet owl, Brutus

TCWC has been helping wildlife in Amador, Calaveras and eastern San Joaquin counties since 1995. As part of their mission, through their “Saving Wildlife Saves Us” program, they incorporate non-releasable animals in presentations to impress upon viewers the importance of living in harmony with nature and wildlife. For the presentation on Friday night, they brought five owls and two hawks. You can learn more about some of these education ambassadors here.

Mom didn’t think she wanted to be involved anymore in hands-on rehabilitation, rather more with PR and fundraising, but seeing these majestic creatures brought back a lot of memories for her. She has experience in many areas of wildlife rehabilitation and education. Mom has been a licensed falconer and USDA licensed animal exhibitor and used to do these kinds of educational presentations in addition to lots of other things.

Radar, great horned owl

Radar, great horned owl

Screech owl and pygmy owl

Screech owl and pygmy owl

Stella the barn owl - Tri County Wildlife Care

Stella the barn owl

For some reason, mom didn’t think ahead of time about taking photos at the presentation so she was really unprepared. Not only did she not take her good camera, but her phone battery was almost dead so she couldn’t photograph the hawks!

Here is a video of some of the owls we saw from a television segment.

Even though mom is very familiar with wildlife rehabilitation requirements and operations (she volunteered for many years with the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach, CA), she will be attending some additional classes to learn more about what TCWC does and how we can best help them. She’ll also be learning more about A-Pal which I’ll tell you about in a later post. Maybe we’ll work with both organizations!

Have a great week!

Christy Paws


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15 Responses to Cat without a Cause

  1. Pingback: Cat with a Cause! A-Pal Humane Society - Christy Paws

  2. Kitties Blue says:

    We enjoyed learning more about your mom’s background. The TCWC sounds like a purrfect fit for your mom. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  3. Gosh! That is interesting! We have quite a few raptor type birds here like the buzzard and yesterday mum saw a red kite. Also kestrels and tawny owl … all sorts. The big birds frighten me if truth be told!! MOL

  4. Wow Dat’s pawsum Christy. Sounds like lots of fun.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

  5. Bev Green says:

    I have thought about wildlife rescue here too..but i have such a sad time with bad outcomes..having been a foster to kittens and rescuer for many years it took a toll..nightmares etc that would not go.
    I will go back to it though i know.
    We have wonderful raptors that live close by and soar over our property …a family of four Wedge-tails and hawks and owls…the barking owl in particular which sounds like a woman being murdered! yikes unless you know it can skeer you good 🙂 loves Fozziemum xx

  6. Summer says:

    My human and I think wildlife rehab is an awesome cause!

  7. Penelope says:

    That is so excellent! Yous Mommy sound like somebody my Mommy would LOVES to knows better!
    Kisses
    Nellie

  8. A certified falconer? Wow, your mom is sure into the birds. I hope she finds a cause worthwhile….she does seem very interested in this one. Huggles,

    Shoko and Kali

  9. mowzers, a certified licensed falconer? WAY coolio!! We’re with you – our mom is sooooo busy at her day job she’s limited to social media support and training for her 2 shelters these days!

  10. da tabbies o torut towne says:

    christy….WE say…noe commint…N yez ewe noe why…

    de food serviss gurl says… total lee awesum oh yur mom ta due thiz !!!

    de food gurl heer wood love ta help out at a place like big cat rescue ♥♥♥

  11. How cool! We wish there were more wildlife rehabilitators in our area. We have one lady on the island that does it.

  12. Mee-you those Owlss are berry cute an thee Great Horned Owl iss handsum!
    Wee iss sorry shee not get fotoss of thee hawkss too…
    Mee has seen Falconss an hawkss when mee lived on thee farm an wee have 2 Peregriness an a HUGE Red tailed Hawk that comess here inn Winter….majestick burdss!
    **paw kissess** Siddhartha Henry xxxx

  13. that is sooo cool that your Mom is certified as a licensed falconer!! Wow! My Mom has NO talent!! Next time she needs to bring you with her so you can see all of the birdies! Love, Cody

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