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.
In 2015, Pacific Wildlife Care suffered a huge influx of emaciated and sickly Murres: 556 in fact. In spite of our best efforts, very few of them survived and were able to be released. At the time, the whole West Coast was experiencing the same thing. We could only guess that it was related to ocean warming, which would have greatly influenced the amount of available food. A recent article highlights this specific disaster and ties it to climate change, suggesting this is just a hint of what the future could bring. ... See MoreSee Less
Happy New Year from our Pacific Wildlife Care family to yours! 2019 was a very busy year for our clinic. We saw a total of 2,613 wildlife patients! Those patients included 224 grebes, 25 pelicans, 50 hummingbirds, 142 owls, 21 skunks, 23 bats, and 13 foxes just to name a few. Our ability to help each animal depends on your generosity and support. Thank you for donating, calling us, bringing us animals in need and trusting us to care for them. We wish you all a happy and healthy 2020!