TWC's COVID 19 Response:

We are closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation.

At this unprecedented time of pandemic, our center is committed to the safety of our volunteers, staff, patients and supporting the health and safety of our community. Please take all recommended measures to reduce spread of this virus. This is a time for kindness, generosity, and helping each other.

As of March 23rd, we are admitting wildlife patients by appointment in order to support public safety and care for wildlife but will not have the public enter our facility when bringing patients. We have postponed or cancelled in person education programs until further notice. 

Note: We are experiencing a decrease in funding with the cancellation of education programs. This comes just at the time of year when there is a lot of need for rehabilitation. Please donate as generously as you are able. 

Admissions: We are admitting wildlife patients but restricting access of the public. The public will not enter our facility after arranging for admission of a wildlife patient but will instead leave patients in a container in our patient drop off shed along with their contact information and information about where the patient was found.

Education programs: In person programs have been cancelled or postponed until further notice. As more information becomes available, we will evaluate how long this needs to be in place. Our educational mission continues via counselling the public receives from our wildlife helpline volunteers, and our regular Facebook and Instagram posts. Depending on our caseload, we may be able to provide 15 and 30 minute Zoom programs! Phone our center at 814-763-2574 or email heather@tamarackwildlife.org if interested.

Volunteers and staffing: We are following many precautions to keep everyone safe including having a minimal number of people onsite, staggering our schedules, and having staff work remotely aside from patient care. Additional measures include, but are not limited to, having volunteers stay home if sick; wearing face masks at all times; washing hands at least once an hour; disinfecting work surfaces and handles/door knobs; maintaining a distance of 6'; and conserving PPE. If two people need to work more closely to treat a patient, they each wear an N95 mask and gown and limit the duration of their contact.