History

It all started with a photo...

In March 1978 issue of Women’s Day magazine, Cheryl Millham saw a photo of a woman holding a baby raccoon. The woman, Jinny Collins, was one of the founders of Wildlife Rescue, a wildlife rehabilitation organization in Los Altos, California. The article reported that Wildlife Rescue was preparing to hold a training seminar to teach local citizens how to care for orhpaned and injured wild birds and animals. So, Cheryl called Jinny and signed up for the class in April 1978.

Cheryl and Tom Millham, their daughter Connie and their friend B.J. headed to the training seminar. When they returned to South Lake Tahoe, they began contacting entities that would come in contact with orphaned and injured wildlife, informed them of their plan to raise and rehabilitate these animals, and asked for their help.

The rest is history. Nearly 40 years later, LTWC is still committed to raising, rehabilitating and releasing orphaned and injured wildlife. We have cared for more than 24,000 critters and have released over 15,000 back to the wild, a 63% release rate — a statistic we are very proud of.

Without the wonderful support of the hundreds of generous volunteers and donors who have worked with us since our beginning, LTWC’s work not be possible.

Our Next Chapter

In 2015, LTWC embarked on the next chapter in our history. After existing in Tom and Cheryl Millham’s home since 1978, Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care will be relocating to a new and expanded location!

The new 27-acre site will include a state-of-the-art animal care facility as well as larger and more sophisticated enclosures, allowing us to care for–and successfully release–more injured and orphaned animals.

1970s magazine clipping of woman holding a raccoon.

Photo from the 1978 magazine article that prompted Cheryl Millham to start LTWC.

1991 newspaper story about LTWC.

1991 newspaper article reporting a fawn release by LTWC.

LTWC's new home

Proposed layout for LTWC’s new home.

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LTWC's future is not possible without supporters like you.