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.
Often as wildlife rehabilitators we see the results of well-intentioned rescuers trying to raise and feed wildlife. Lack of knowledge can result in harm and even death for the animal. Baby birds covered in hardened food not only lose the insulation needed to keep warm but the damage to their feathers can mean they must be kept in care through a complete molt. Such long-term captivity is difficult and risky for them. Improper nutrition, even for a brief time, can result in bone and growth problems and may be fatal. Please, if you find injured or orphaned wildlife, call a licensed rehabilitator immediately. We are open every day of the year to help you. Don’t feed or water the animal. Keep it in a warm, dark, quiet place away from people and pets. Following these simple instructions may mean the difference between life and death. Although we hope you contact us right away, we will take any wildlife no matter how long it has been in your care and we will do everything we can to see it successfully released.
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Timeline PhotosNesting season is in full swing. Unless there is a safety issue, please put off trimming of trees until the fall/winter. Many wildlife species rely on trees to raise their young. Many of those species are also cavity nesters which means their nests and homes are not visible. These pictures are all orphaned wildlife that were trimmed from their homes, many times resulting in death of parents or siblings. Help us spread the word! Write a note to your local tree or landscape company and tell your neighbors! ... See MoreSee Less
New neighbors moved in across the street from me and the first thing they did was have two large trees removed from the front yard. It made me sad because I kept thinking about this. Do professional tree trimming services check before they take down a tree, or do they not care as long as they get paid? Are there any laws prohibiting them? If not there should be.
I just saw tons of trees chopped down all over my city I mean seriously. A mom Robin just made a nest on my deck so I try to keep the door shut cuz my cats seem to scare it from coming back to the nest.
From infants to juveniles these three Long-tailed Weasels have grown up in our care thanks to the hard work of our home rehabbers and staff. All were orphaned and one was, unfortunately, caught by a cat. Her wounds were treated and she was given antibiotics. Now these three are learning the skills necessary to be back in the wild including foraging for food, climbing, and being wary of people. Weasels are sometimes seen during the day in the wild but will mostly be out at night. They are carnivores and eat lizards, mice, eggs, and sometimes insects. They have a high rate of metabolism and have to eat about 40% of their body weight a day!
My neighbor spotted what he thinks is a 'ferret' in his backyard on LaGarza in Pismo Beach. He said it seem 'domesticated' based on it not having any fear of him, and that it started to come to him when he called it. However it decided to go under some bushes and he lost track of it. He also mentioned that it was limping and held one paw off of the ground. That was this afternoon (5.24.2020) at around 1:30.
From the Central Coast??? Never seen one!
Thank you for saving these precious babies.
What a great job you all do so much compassion!
So glad! I was looking for my first of the season, and unfortunately saw it hit and deceased on the road...these rescued ones may "replace" it in the grand scheme of things!
Saw one near my home in Morro Bay several weeks ago. First I had ever seen. I was so delighted! Thanks for all you do.
I've come across many videos of people "rescuing" young wildlife and taking them home. Sure it gets a lot of views in social media land, but *rescue centers* should be consulted first, when possible. All else, leave alone as stated above. Less glamorous, but the best for wildlife.
Important to note with Fledges that Dogs can find, main or kill, too. Especially bird dog breeds.