800+ strong and growing! Members, donors, volunteers & staff working together to support the wildlife of San Luis Obispo County through rehabilitation and educational outreach.
Pacific Wildlife Care is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
What We Do
We treat nearly 3,000 wild animal patients every year, from over 200 different species. Our goal? To return healthy animals to the wild! We also provide educational presentations for local organizations and schools.
[Wildlife rehabilitation] "is a process of coming to know something quite unlike you, to understand it well enough not only to keep it alive but also to put it back, like a puzzle piece, into the gap in the world it left behind."
-- Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk
Register to attend a volunteer opportunities orientation (VOO) and start making a difference in the well being of our local wildlife. Check out our event calendar for the next VOO.
Did you lose your tortoise? We have a tortoise that was found today wandering on Piney Way in Morro Bay that was brought into our clinic by a Good Samaritan. If you think this might be your pet please call our hotline to identify it 805-543-WILD (9453). We want to get it back to its owner so please spread the word!
An Eared Grebe is enjoying a meal of super worms after being treated for an injured eye and head wounds. This small waterbird is in his winter plumage. His breeding plumage includes brilliant golden and copper-colored fans behind his eyes and flame-colored sides. The breeding dance of Eared Grebes is as elaborate as that of their larger cousins, the Western Grebe. Eared Grebes winter along our coast and breed on inland lakes as far north as Canada.
We hope everyone is staying healthy and safe in these unusual times! Here is a helpful guide on social distancing... Also, just a reminder that we are still open to receive injured and orphaned wildlife. Our hotline will also continue to be available at 805-543-9453 to report wildlife in need and to answer your questions.Social distancing means avoiding large gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible. While we're at it, let's remember to keep it 300 feet or more for larger wildlife.
As services are limited, the National Park Service continues to urge visitors to:
Check park websites for the most up to date information regarding access.
Pack out everything you bring into a park and always practice Leave No Trace principles.
Park only in designated areas. Follow park regulations.
If you encounter a crowded trail-head or overlook, you're not practicing safe social distancing. Go elsewhere.
If waving to your friend from six feet away, you're doing it right. If you're waving while standing next to a moose, you're not.
Visit nps.gov/coronavirus to learn more. #SocialDistancing #KeepWildlifeWild ... See MoreSee Less
Some people are having a hard time figuring out the social distance thing, so when in doubt ask your vulture to spread its wings for the proper distancing between humans! Thanks to our friends at Wings and Talons (m.facebook.com/WingsAndTalons/) for the awesome graphic. ... See MoreSee Less
We hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy during these stressful times and we want you to know that Pacific Wildlife Care is remaining open to receive injured and orphaned wildlife. Our hotline will also continue to be available at 805-543-9453 to report wildlife in need and to answer your questions. Animals can be taken directly to our wildlife center at 1387 Main Street in Morro Bay everyday from 8am to 5pm. Our phone volunteers are available to return messages everyday from 8am to 4pm.
Spring is just around the corner and many animals will be needing help and we will be here. ... See MoreSee Less