Hotline: 805-543-9453 (WILD)

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.


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


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.

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2 days ago

Pacific Wildlife Care

Learning about the physical adaptations of wildlife is fascinating stuff and a topic we like discussing in our education programs. One of our favorite adaptations to talk about are the baffles that Falcons have in their nares (bird nostrils)..
This is Gavin, our Peregrine Falcon ambassador who is not releasable due to a wing fracture that did not heal correctly. Notice the little point in the center of his nare? That is actually a boney structure called a ‘baffle’ which allows air to circulate properly through the lungs & air sacs so the bird can breathe while sustaining speeds over 200mph. Have you ever stuck your head out of a moving car window and tried to breathe but instead choked on air? The same thing used to happen to airplane turbines that exceeded certain speeds in the 1950’s & 60’s before engineers applied this baffle system to all modern-day jets. This method of incorporating designs from nature into modern engineering is called biomimicry. So the next time you fly in an airplane you can thank falcons for its efficiency!
#Falcon #AmazingNature #Biomimicry #PeregrineFalcon
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Freedom Friday! This Western Screech Owl was found on the side of the road most likely having been hit by a car. An examination by our veterinarian revealed a broken leg which was successfully treated. He spent some time healing and recovering in our flights and is now back in his home territory 🙂. Good luck out there little yet fierce owl!

#homesweethome #freedomfriday #wildliferelease #screechowl
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thank you for saving the beautiful owls!

Help keep our water birds safe by following this info!

#pacificwildlifecare #ponds #lakes #wildlife #mallard #ducks #geese #swans #duckfeeding
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Help keep our water birds safe by following this info!

#pacificwildlifecare #ponds #lakes #wildlife #mallard #ducks #geese #swans #duckfeeding


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We need this sign at Atascadero Lake Park!

Los Angeles need this sign!asap!

Bruce Henderson Kinda does the same with people 🙄

What can seagulls be fed at the beach?


Allie Benincaso never again

Vicky Faris Hicks

Quack! Quack! 🙂

Ella Griffin told you they like grapes

Paul Nicklaus No no!!

Deb Wagoner


Chris Berry

Brad Kalsbeek

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1 week ago

Pacific Wildlife Care

If you follow this page, surely you’ve seen multiple stories about the dangers of glue traps. This post is to remind you that any sticky material can be a potential trap!

This adorable juvenile Eastern Milksnake was caught on a piece of duct tape that was being used on a building site in a house. Luckily, the animal-loving finders did the right thing and called for advice!

We always advise people to leave the animal on the trap in a box for transport to the Center. This keeps them calm, quiet, and still while they await care.

Attempting to remove trapped animals at home often leads to other issues such as the stress of over-handling, skin tears, pulled feathers, or leaves us with an animal covered in oil. Animals that groom well, such as birds and bats, can become severely ill or die from oil ingestion by the time they come in for care.

This snake was removed in under a minute, given subcutaneous fluids, and monitored for 24 hours before being released back where he was found.

Please remember to use items like tape, contact paper, and other adhesives responsibly. If they are not in use, dispose of them so that wildlife cannot get to it!

#GlueTraps #EasternMilksnake #TooCuteTuesday
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Glue traps are horrible. Please do not use them.

Horrible glue traps! Those things should be taken off the market.