Who We Are

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.

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Why It Matters

[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

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Due to Covid-19  restrictions, our regular volunteer opportunities orientations (VOO) are temporarily suspended. You will be contacted with updated information when you fill out the VOO registration form.

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Freedom Friday! This Western Gull came into the clinic in January unable to stand. It was thought that he was possibly hit by a car. Luckily, a vet examination showed no broken bones so he was treated with appropriate medication, pool therapy, and a healthy diet and began to recover. After spending time in our large flight to regain his strength, he was released back to his home area where he wasted no time meeting up with his old friends.
This gull’s odd appearance is because he is in the middle of a molt from his juvenile plumage into the gray adult plumage so familiar in a Western Gull.

#wildlife #freedomfriday #homesweethome #wildliferehabilitation #wildliferelease #westerngull
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For those with bird feeders, please read the advice below. We must do what we can to slow the spread of salmonellosis and prevent more songbirds from becoming sick or dying. ... See MoreSee Less

For those with bird feeders, please read the advice below. We must do what we can to slow the spread of salmonellosis and prevent more songbirds from becoming sick or dying.Image attachmentImage attachment

Do you know your ocean birds?! These are birds you might see while near bodies of water. Do you know which ones are okay out of water and which ones need rescuing if you find them on the beach? Here is a quick guide:

✅ OK out of water
❌ NOT ok out of water

Think of the ❌ birds as submarines... they need to be in water to get around effectively. These birds spend their lives in water and cannot take flight from land. They have a propeller aka webbed feet in the back and some look very awkward if they try to walk on land. They beach themselves when they are sick, injured, or oiled so putting them back in the water will only further exhaust them. The bird's best chance of survival is to come into a wildlife rehabilitation center ASAP to be examined. (Common birds in this category are grebes, loons, scoters, fulmars, and murres.)

Think of the ✅ birds as surfers 🏄... they like to spend time in the water but do okay on land too! These birds have the ability to take flight from land and are often seen hanging around the beach, piers and docks. Unless they are injured or sick, they do not need rescuing. (Common birds in this category are pelicans, cormorants, gulls, and all those little shore birds.)
With any bird species, please keep your pets away and give these birds a respectful distance when you see them out in the wild. Thank you!

#wildlife #wildliferescue #wildliferehabilitation #Murre #grebe #scoter #fulmar #loon #cormorant #pelican #shorebirds #pelagicbirds
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Do you know your ocean birds?! These are birds you might see while near bodies of water. Do you know which ones are okay out of water and which ones need rescuing if you find them on the beach? Here is a quick guide: 

✅ OK out of water 
❌ NOT ok out of water 

Think of the ❌ birds as submarines... they need to be in water to get around effectively. These birds spend their lives in water and cannot take flight from land. They have a propeller aka webbed feet in the back and some look very awkward if they try to walk on land. They beach themselves when they are sick, injured, or oiled so putting them back in the water will only further exhaust them. The birds best chance of survival is to come into a wildlife rehabilitation center ASAP to be examined. (Common birds in this category are grebes, loons, scoters, fulmars, and murres.) 

Think of the ✅ birds as surfers 🏄... they like to spend time in the water but do okay on land too! These birds have the ability to take flight from land and are often seen hanging around the beach, piers and docks. Unless they are injured or sick, they do not need rescuing. (Common birds in this category are pelicans, cormorants, gulls, and all those little shore birds.) 
With any bird species, please keep your pets away and give these birds a respectful distance when you see them out in the wild. Thank you! 

#wildlife #wildliferescue #wildliferehabilitation #murre #grebe #scoter #fulmar #loon #cormorant #pelican #shorebirds #pelagicbirds

Freedom Friday! This Red-shouldered Hawk was released back home by her rescuer after coming into the clinic with a severe sinus infection. The hawk required drainage and flushing of her sinus cavity by our veterinarian. After a six week long recovery and reconditioning by flying her on a light line called a creance, she was ready for release! A big thanks to the people who take the time to seek out our clinic so we can help return these animals back to the wild.

#wildlife #freedomfriday #wildliferescue #backhome #redshoulderedhawk #wildliferelease #wildliferehabilitation
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This momma opossum had a rough start to motherhood. She was attacked by a dog on Christmas Eve that caused a degloving injury to one of her legs. She was brought to the clinic where it was found she had several babies in her pouch that were the size of Lima beans. Luckily the babies were still attached and unharmed. Momma opossum had surgery and was given pain meds and antibiotics. Her leg is healing up nicely but still needs a little more time in our care to heal. The babies are doing great too and getting big. You can now see them starting to show out of her pouch.
If you see an opossum in the wild, please be kind. They may hiss and growl if they get scared but they mean you no harm. Let them go about their way because they have an important job to do— eating all the snails, slugs, and ticks out of your yard.
If you want to support this momma opossum please donate to help with her care and the other wildlife at our clinic. Thank you!

#opossums #babyopossums #opossum #wildliferehabilitation #wildlife #wildliferescue #dogattack #donate
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This momma opossum had a rough start to motherhood. She was attacked by a dog on Christmas Eve that caused a degloving injury to one of her legs. She was brought to the clinic where it was found she had several babies in her pouch that were the size of Lima beans. Luckily the babies were still attached and unharmed. Momma opossum had surgery and was given pain meds and antibiotics. Her leg is healing up nicely but still needs a little more time in our care to heal. The babies are doing great too and getting big. You can now see them starting to show out of her pouch.
If you see an opossum in the wild, please be kind. They may hiss and growl if they get scared but they mean you no harm. Let them go about their way because they have an important job to do— eating all the snails, slugs, and ticks out of your yard.
If you want to support this momma opossum please donate to help with her care and the other wildlife at our clinic. Thank you!  

#opossums #babyopossums #opossum #wildliferehabilitation #wildlife #wildliferescue #dogattack #donate

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Opossums eat ticks, lots and lots and lots of ticks. We should protect this precious animal.

I love opossums. Very unappreciated and misunderstood animal ❤️

"Opi-Wan Kenobi" dropped in to visit us on our 25th Anniversary of our first date. We called Pacific Wildlife and they said Mama Opossum would fetch Opi after foraging. Opi still visits us to share our figs... 🙏💞

We see opossums on our trail cam regularly as they drink from our fountain. Glad to share our property with them!

She’s so pretty!!

Love these in our yard. We leave out water and food for them. They share well with cats

Pacific Wildlife Care hi id like to donate but would prefer using Venmo. Do you have one setup?

Thank you for helping her😍

Beautiful!

Toes Thomas Green

Sweet mama. Opossums used to walk past me as.i jogged at nite and would sit at park.

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