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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We are honored and excited to announce that we have been chosen to participate in a special charitable giving campaign, sponsored and funded by Target. And you have the chance to help direct a portion of Target’s donation to us!

Now through September 30, vote for us through the Target Circle program to help determine how Target’s donation will be divvied up. Find out more about Target Circle here: www.target.com/circle

We’re asking our supporters to help us make the most of this incredible opportunity. Every vote counts to help us receive a portion of the available Target funds as we continue our mission to support San Luis Obispo County wildlife through rehabilitation and educational outreach.

Don’t forget, as you earn more votes, you can keep voting multiple times during the campaign!

Thank you for your support, and we encourage you to share your support for us (and your thanks to Target) on social media throughout the duration of the voting!

#target #targetcircle #donate #nonprofit
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We are honored and excited to announce that we have been chosen to participate in a special charitable giving campaign, sponsored and funded by Target. And you have the chance to help direct a portion of Target’s donation to us!

Now through September 30, vote for us through the Target Circle program to help determine how Target’s donation will be divvied up. Find out more about Target Circle here: www.target.com/circle

We’re asking our supporters to help us make the most of this incredible opportunity. Every vote counts to help us receive a portion of the available Target funds as we continue our mission to support San Luis Obispo County wildlife through rehabilitation and educational outreach.  

Don’t forget, as you earn more votes, you can keep voting multiple times during the campaign!

Thank you for your support, and we encourage you to share your support for us (and your thanks to Target) on social media throughout the duration of the voting!

#target #targetcircle #donate #nonprofit

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I had purchased something online some time ago - so I already had 11 votes to cast for PWC. I think you do have to enter the SLO Zip 93401 as your store to vote for PWC.

Thanks for the zipcode detail Margaret.

13 Votes in!

You may be seeing more snakes, including rattlesnakes, when you are out on a hike or walk. Just remember that when you go outside you are in their home. Please give them and any wildlife a wide berth so as not to disturb them. All snakes play a vital role in the ecosystem.

#wildlife #rattlesnake #snake #leavethemalone #nature #sanluisobispocounty
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You may be seeing more snakes, including rattlesnakes, when you are out on a hike or walk. Just remember that when you go outside you are in their home. Please give them and any wildlife a wide berth so as not to disturb them. All snakes play a vital role in the ecosystem. 

#wildlife #rattlesnake #snake #leavethemalone #nature #sanluisobispocounty

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What would to you do if you were cornered with no way out and someone is trying to poke you with a stick or trying to harm you? Put your self in their skin, think!

But what if your doofus dog steps on it before you can stop him?! Don’t worry, all involved parties ended up ok. 🙄

This is awesome!!

Central Coast Snake Services - Thought you might like this one.

Does this man look familiar? If so, please contact The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County. And remember, when you go out into nature you might see wild animals, including rattlesnakes. Please leave them alone as that is their home. Give them a wide berth and continue on your way. The only dangerous snake is the one you are harassing and threatening. ... See MoreSee Less

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That makes me so mad! Rattlers are beautiful creatures who keep the rodent population under control! They are part of our ecosystem.

Thanks for posting these pics. Hope someone identifies him!

Thank you for sharing!!

What a pathetic human being.

Freedom Friday! We released two Brush Rabbits back to the wild this past weekend. They both came in as babies after being caught by a cat. Their wounds were treated and they were given a course of antibiotics. Here is a picture of them when they were in their pre-release enclosure getting used to being outside and eating wild grasses.
When left outdoors, our domestic kitty friends don’t know any better and end up killing and injuring wildlife. Please keep your cats indoors or in an enclosed catio space. It is safer for them, as they won’t get hit by cars or get diseases, and also safer for wildlife. Win-win!

#wildlife #brushrabbit #backtothewild #homesweethome #keepcatsindoors #freedomfriday
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Freedom Friday! We released two Brush Rabbits back to the wild this past weekend. They both came in as babies after being caught by a cat. Their wounds were treated and they were given a course of antibiotics. Here is a picture of them when they were in their pre-release enclosure getting used to being outside and eating wild grasses.
When left outdoors, our domestic kitty friends don’t know any better and end up killing and injuring wildlife. Please keep your cats indoors or in an enclosed catio space. It is safer for them, as they won’t get hit by cars or get diseases, and also safer for wildlife. Win-win! 

#wildlife #brushrabbit #backtothewild #homesweethome #keepcatsindoors #freedomfriday

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What a great little house you have made for them. Do you have a design plan? Did you know that if you plant Mother-in-Law's Tongue plants close by that it wards off snakes - possibly because the stalks look like snakes? This is important to know if keeping chickens. <https://www.bhg.com.au/how-to-care-for-a-snake-plant>

A sad photo but a very important message. Please read.*WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTO*

This June, we decided to do our own month-long version of WildCare's "Caught by Cats" photo project to show the damage that cats cause to our wildlife when humans allow them to roam. Every animal in this photograph died or was euthanized due to the damage caused in an interaction with a domestic cat in June.

Last month, we took in 531 patients. Of those, 77 of those were confirmed cat attacks (many more were suspected cat attacks). CONFIRMED cat attacks accounted for nearly 15% of intakes - on par with our annual average.

Of those 77, only 17 survived their injuries. Even with surgical intervention and antibiotics, only about 1 in 4 cat attacked patients will survive. This means 60 patients that received the highest quality veterinary care at our hospital still lost their lives due to a completely preventable human-caused issue.

Make sure you understand that this is not a "cat" problem and anti-cat comments will not be tolerated. This is a HUMAN problem. Humans allowed cats to roam and continue to allow their pet cats outdoors to kill wildlife, spread diseases, and struggle to survive. Cats are a domestic species, not a native predator. They require human care and leaving them outdoors to suffer is an animal welfare issue. Outdoors, these domestics are at great risk from predators, poisons, gunshots, vehicle collisions, weather, and disease.

Please, for the safety of both your cat AND our native wildlife, keep your pet cats inside. Provide them with enrichment indoors, take them for walks on a leash, or build them a catio or enclosed porch so they can safely enjoy the outdoors.

The destruction of wildlife and the environment by domestic cats is a human-caused issue that will require large-scale management to improve. This is a human-caused problem and we must all do our part to correct it.

#CatAttacks #OutdoorCats #ResponsiblePetOwnership #WildlifeRehab
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A sad photo but a very important message. Please read.

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everybody should help to get stray cats fixed and make sure dogs don,t room around do not keep so many pets.....don’t support Pedonale breeding or importing of exotic pets.......instead invest in our wildlife which is in dramatic decline and needs your help.....thank you🐿🦡🦔🦦🦥🦝🦨🐀🦢🦆🐛🦋🕷🐌🦟🕸🦉🦇🐝🐜🦎🐢🐸🐠🐡

My cats have always lived indoors and are very happy watching the birds fly by

It is sad but it does happen with wild animals too not just domestic cats and some kitties thanks to jerk humans . Hunting is there only way to survive

I’ve had six indoors only cats now and they are fine with it - happier and healthier

Yes, just chased a neighbors cat from my yard. Keep your cats inside.

I don't want cats demonized, though.

what can be done if you know of someone who is intentionally neglecting their cats and making them live out doors and hunt for their food?

How do you confirm that it is feline? I have seen bird attacks and birds kicking out other birds or hatch-lings to take over the nests. Cats are opportunist So... I believe all cats need to be indoors, I truly do not like the fact that people are irresponsible, and let them out without having an enclosure and also do not fix them. I also have seen a dog find a rabbit nests, again lots of damage before we could stop the dog.

I hate seeing cats running around outside but many cats do in the city thanks to idiot humans many do in the country because farmers are clueless and think cat outside fewer rabbits eating gardens and fewer mice in the house. I can say living in the country for 8 years having outside farm cats surrounding our property our house still had tons of field mice in it. My cats would catch a mouse I typically tried my hardest to catch it before cats did to release it back outside or doctor it up. I never liked my indoor cats eating any wildlife. We have many people ignorant to why cats should not be outdoor cats either in the city or country unfortunately we will never get everyone to agree on that. I tried getting my neighbors to reduce the cat population by the TNR way they didn't care. Any cat coming on my property I caught and fixed and released or turned into a house cat. I wish more people would do it it would save lives.

We have 2 indoor cats. They have 3 cat trees, scratching poles, toys and us. Only in his tent when we are outside with him

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