North Texas Wildlife Center asks residents to donate fresh water to local wildlife


Plano, Texas — The doorbell at the North Texas Wildlife Center rings constantly. The Admissions Center, located in Plano, rescues, rehabilitates, and releases wildlife throughout North Texas. The impact of the drought has increased human-wildlife interactions.

photo by Rebecca Hamlin, North Texas Wildlife Center

Less water means more people at the available water points. Prolonged drought can affect the normal routine of wildlife. Animals may venture further than usual in search of a drink, making them more vulnerable to collisions with vehicles. Less grass and vegetation reduces ground cover and makes small animals more visible.

Accessible freshwater supplies can make a big difference to the survival of local wildlife – ranging from birds and butterflies to small and large mammals.

photo by Rebecca Hamlin, North Texas Wildlife Center

At this time, we encourage residents of North Texas to provide fresh water for local wildlife.

  • Keep birdbaths full and refreshed often to prevent bacteria growth
  • Offer shallow bowls with rocks or sticks for small animals to escape
  • Provide water at different heights – on the ground for small animals, in trees for birds
  • Place in a covered place
  • Put a frog log or similar disposal mat in swimming pools
  • To keep your birdbath and bowls fresh, simply rinse and scrub them with nine parts water and one part vinegar.
  • Never approach wildlife. Observe from afar and respect their space

If you encounter wildlife in need, contact the North Texas Wildlife Center to find out if, when and how to intervene. We are a 501c3 non-profit organization and rely on community support to enable us to provide this service. Please consider supporting us on North Texas Giving Day.

North Texas Wildlife Center | NTX Donation Day

Each year, the North Texas Wildlife Center helps more than a thousand animals and the people who rescued them. Our goal is to acquire the necessary funding to have a facility with trained employees that is easy for the public to locate, as well as being able to provide educational resources.


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