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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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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Poor baby. Hoping for a speedy recovery!

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

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

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

I had a baby opossum come into my house in slo and best 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.

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 ...

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

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

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!”

3 days ago

Pacific Wildlife Care

What an incredible momma!We bet we weren't the only ones who got up repeatedly during the night to check on Jackie. About 10" of snow accumulated overnight. Jackie got covered up several times. She woke up occasionally, shook off the snow, rolled the eggs, and laid back down. Here are some photos from the night. You can check the timestamp at the bottom. Brrrr. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Leyton Farr

Pablo Darms

Freedom Friday! These two Raccoons came into the clinic as orphans. They learned the necessary skills for survival while in our care like how to climb, forage for food, and be wary of people. Raccoons are highly intelligent creatures and capable of solving simple puzzles, especially when food is involved. So make sure to secure your trash to avoid any unwanted guests. We hope these two Raccoons have a long life in the wild full of their favorite foods of bugs, berries, and crayfish!

#freedomfriday #wildlife #wildliferelease #raccoons #backtothewild
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I miss my coons

why don't you release at night and new moon? less chance of them being spotted by a predator and gives them more of a chance to learn to acclimate to their new environment and freedom when released at night (dark) and new moon (even darker)....

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