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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Our Stories

Volunteers, supporters, and wildlife advocates share heartfelt, memorable stories...

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PWC - In the News!

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Freedom Friday! This Western Grebe came to us from Pismo Beach oiled and emaciated. There were chemical burns on his legs from the corrosive effects of the oil. His burns were treated and once he was stable enough, he was washed. The recovery process from being oiled is a long one involving warm water pools, repeated periods under a dryer and constant monitoring of weight and blood to insure the bird is progressing. The final step is time spent in one of our outdoor pools to ensure the bird’s waterproofing has been fully restored. This bird has been through a lot but is now back where he belongs and we wish him well and hope we never have him as a guest again.

#freedomfriday #wildliferelease #homesweethome #backtothewild #westerngrebe
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That’s one happy seabird- and 100s of rewarded PWC volunteers!

Nice job!!

we wish him a happy life and we are grateful for you all who cared for him.

This Striped Skunk came into the clinic weak and emaciated. She is gaining weight and slowly getting her strength back. She is now in an outdoor enclosure where she can climb and forage to prepare her for release back to her home. The black and white coloration of a skunk is a warning to predators to leave them alone. Skunks would rather not waste their special scented spray so, when threatened, a skunk’s first line of defense is to warn predators by stamping its feet, shaking its tail, and growling. As a last resort, they will spray their famous skunk odor which sends most predators running. If you see a skunk in the wild, please give them some space!

#skunk #wildliferehab #wildliferescue
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This Striped Skunk came into the clinic weak and emaciated. She is gaining weight and slowly getting her strength back. She is now in an outdoor enclosure where she can climb and forage to prepare her for release back to her home. The black and white coloration of a skunk is a warning to predators to leave them alone. Skunks would rather not waste their special scented spray so, when threatened, a skunk’s first line of defense is to warn predators by stamping its feet, shaking its tail, and growling. As a last resort, they will spray their famous skunk odor which sends most predators running. If you see a skunk in the wild, please give them some space! 

#skunk #wildliferehab #wildliferescue

 

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I love skunks!! They are so important.

I still have tons of blankets. Sheets and towels. Where should I take them?

They are so adorable! Hurray for the rescuers that take in the skunks!

Why do you think she was in that condition? Was she trapped somewhere?

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This young opossum came into the clinic after being caught by someone’s cat. He has wounds on his skull, neck and shoulders. He is too sick right now for surgery, so in the meantime, our veterinarian put in a drain and bandaged his wounds. Unfortunately, cat caught injuries in wildlife are all too common. We love our kitty friends but it is safer for them and wildlife if they are kept indoors. If that’s not possible, then building a nice outdoor catio space can be the next best option. Keeping your cats indoors keeps them safe from being hit by cars, getting lost, fighting with other animals, and catching feline diseases. Help save wildlife and keep your cat safe too... win-win!

#wildlife #opossum #catcaught #wildliferescue #wildliferehab #keepcatsindoors
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This young opossum came into the clinic after being caught by someone’s cat. He has wounds on his skull, neck and shoulders. He is too sick right now for surgery, so in the meantime, our veterinarian put in a drain and bandaged his wounds. Unfortunately, cat caught injuries in wildlife are all too common. We love our kitty friends but it is safer for them and wildlife if they are kept indoors. If that’s not possible, then building a nice outdoor catio space can be the next best option. Keeping your cats indoors keeps them safe from being hit by cars, getting lost, fighting with other animals, and catching feline diseases. Help save wildlife and keep your cat safe too... win-win! 

#wildlife #opossum #catcaught #wildliferescue #wildliferehab #keepcatsindoorsImage attachmentImage attachment

 

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We have a Cat Fence-in system. works great to keep our animals in our yard and keeps wilds animals out. We have had it for 22 years, I highly recommend. https://catfencein.com/ Check it out!

I love the opossums! Glad this little one has a chance!

After my cat was killed by a car I now have indoor cats with a cat run on the side of the house. I hope to expand and remodel one day. I have a lot more peace of mind knowing they are safe and sound as well as the critters outside.

I had a baby opossum come into my house in slo and nest in a bed of clothes I was going to donate. I called him Winthorpe. I let him come and go as he pleased. He was amazing.

Of course, if you live where there are raccoons and your kitty is an outdoor kitty, this could be your cat with those injuries.

Another wonderful option for explorer kitties is leash training. Smoukee loves adventuring, but is an indoor kitty.

Sadly, where I live people think it's mandatory that their cat be allowed to roam. The justification is that the cats keep the rodent population down. I'd love to share this on my local neighborhood and pet groups but past experience has shown that the message will be lost in the flood of negative responses by cat owners. We also have a terrible feral cat problem in my town. My town is a dumping ground for anyone who lives north of us that wants to dump a cat or a dog. The dogs are sometimes captured, rehabilitated, and adopted out but the cats join the local feral population. The cat people who practice TNR simply can't keep up and animal control euthanizes over a thousand cats every year. This is a town with a population of 38,000 people. I really don't know what the solution is but I appreciate very much that there are people like you who are caring for these victims.

Thank you for caring for him.

Nuts! I like a catio. No rodents around here, O'possums come in the summer, cat's don't mind but, they shouldn't ... Love the Mrs O around here ...

We have a cat

Suggestions for feral cats? I have 3 that I look after. My own cats are indoor only.

Poor baby. Hoping for a speedy recovery!

Unfortunately, I have a lot of feral cats where I live from human irresponsibility, I hope that baby makes it

I'm still mad at my dogs for killing a lizard. Terriers. Dammit.

Poor, little baby....he wouldn't hurt anyone. :'(

Poor little guy. I hope he is able to make a full recovery. Opos became my special (dare i say favorite) animals to care for at my wildlife center. They are so sweet

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The best of intentions can cause unintended harm. Follow this information and be a wildlife hero 🙂.

#wildlife #babybunny #babybird #fawn #keepthemwild #NotAPet
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The best of intentions can cause unintended harm. Follow this information and be a wildlife hero 🙂. 

#wildlife #babybunny #babybird #fawn #keepthemwild #NotAPet

 

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“Don’t be an UNINTENTIONAL kidnapper!”

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