“Tigger” Mathew Birch
LVT, Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
Tigger, as most people know him was born Mathew Birch. A Seattle native, he started working professionally with animals in 2000. His passion for animals started as a child visiting his grandparent’s farm on Whidbey Island. By his late teens and early 20’s he was raising rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, goats as well as owning ferrets, a California gofer snake, painted turtle, black lab and several cats. In spring of 1999 he started volunteering at P.A.W.S. Wildlife Center. He enjoyed wildlife rehabilitation so much that upon being hired the following spring he spent most of 6 years there. After working with everything from hummingbirds to eagles and opossums to black bear, in 2005 he started work as a Veterinary Assistant in a mix practice hospital and continued to work with wildlife on the side. In 2010 he received both a Veterinary Technicians License and WA Wildlife Rehabilitators Permit. In addition to working as an LVT he helped to found South Sound Critter Care Wildlife Center in 2009. He is currently working with Featherhaven Native Songbird Rehabilitation in Enumclaw WA as well as a consultant for For Heaven Sake Wildlife Center in Rochester WA.
In his off time he enjoys spending time with his wife, children and his current pets which include Jake the dog, Luna belle and Sassy the cats, Roo the sugar glider, Rupert the rex bunny, Happy the cockatiel and Elva, Fiona, Thalonia, Skeeter the chickens (known collectively as “the girls”).