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.

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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

Volunteer

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.

Our Stories

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

Seabirds and the Hazards of Fishing

By Meg Crockett | December 22, 2016

Our hotline received several calls during a four-day period concerning a cormorant with a large object hanging from his beak. Our volunteers and various other people tried to rescue him more than once, but he was elusive and often hopped into the ocean when approached. Finally he was seen near a street corner away from…

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Getting Wild About Autumn – with a wildlife garden

By Meg Crockett | October 18, 2016

Autumn is a great time to get ready for helping wildlife next year. How so? Much as many of us like to feed wildlife, most experts advise against it UNLESS you are supplying the food that wildlife evolved with: native plants that provide berries, seeds, nectar and even the insects on the plants for the…

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Eurasian Collard-Dove (file photo)

Dove Recuer Sends Thanks

By Meg Crockett | October 18, 2016

Dear Jennifer and Pacific Wildlife Staff: Thank you so very much for your being there for us and for the little Eurasian Collared Dove we brought in last week. We brought the little guy or girl in on Monday, September 5th, after finding it on Sunday, calling, and being advised to keep the bird warm…

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Female Peregrine Falcon released at Laguna Lake Park. She was found there Dec. 17, wet and emaciated. Mostly she was just kept safe and fed, after Dr. Shannon Riggs, determined she had no other problems. The falcon was transferred to Podger el-Effendi, a local falconer, about a week ago so he could determine if she needed flight conditioning, or hunt training. He felt it was important to release her soon, she was feisty and ready to go. ... See MoreSee Less

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Gayle GeorgeSo beautiful

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Sharon SutliffI was there. So heartwarming!

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Diane Driscoll Tootle SmithLove to see these releases! Blessings to all.

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Ronnie Cotalive long and happy beautiful bird

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James SawyerPWC volunteers and staff ROCK!!! You are all heroes! Hospital staff, Hotline & Rescue volunteers, you are the best! We are so lucky to have you all there in SLO county. If I were closer I would volunteer too! Keep up the good fight.

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Christine AndersonWell done Shannon Riggs! You are a rockstar!

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Meet the Raptors is always a big event on Family Day at the Winter Bird Festival, note that your map app may show this Church at another location. This is in a former elementary school located at Beach and Monterey in Morro Bay. ... See MoreSee Less

Meet the Raptors is always a big event on Family Day at the Winter Bird Festival, note that your map app may show this Church at another location.  This is in a former elementary school located at Beach and Monterey in Morro Bay.

Monday, January 17- MindWalk special for the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival: The Recovery from the Exon Valdez Oil Spill -Presentation by Lisa Andreano. A discussion of seabird monitoring in Prince William Sound and of current restoration efforts for pigeon guillemonts and parakeet auklets.

Lisa Andreano is a California State Parks Environmental Scientist and an adjunct professor at Cal Poly for the Forestry and Natural Resources Management Dept. Morro Bay Veteran's Building at 10:15am. Come early to find parking. Below: parakeet auklets
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Monday, January 17- MindWalk special for the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival: The Recovery from the Exon Valdez Oil Spill -Presentation by Lisa Andreano. A discussion of seabird monitoring in Prince William Sound and of current restoration efforts for pigeon guillemonts and parakeet auklets.  

Lisa Andreano is a California State Parks Environmental Scientist and an adjunct professor at Cal Poly for the Forestry and Natural Resources Management Dept.  Morro Bay Veterans Building at 10:15am.  Come early to find parking.  Below: parakeet auklets

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Who is joining in on all the activities? Pacific Wildlife Care will be there! Come join us! morrobaybirdfestival.org/
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Winter is birding season, and the Morro Bay National Estuary Preserve (with its 800-acre wetland) is home to more than 250 species of land, sea, and shore birds. Both migratory, resident and dozens of...

Who is joining in on all the activities? Pacific Wildlife Care will be there! Come join us! http://morrobaybirdfestival.org/

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Elizabeth McAlisterJanet M. Weeks , this is where I thought you would enjoy visiting.

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Dave Slater, along with his wife Rosemary for many years were dedicated PWC volunteers, going to any events such the Harbor Festival, or even outside grocery stores telling people about how we rescue and rehabilitate wildlife and helping us obtain new volunteers. David recently passed away, and Rosemary has sweetly asked any who wish to remember Dave with a donation, to make it to www.pacificwildlifecare.org/make-a-donation. We have already received three donations in his honor. Thanks, Rosemary, and thanks to you both for all your hard work for PWC! ... See MoreSee Less

Dave Slater, along with his wife Rosemary for many years were dedicated PWC volunteers, going to any events such the Harbor Festival, or even outside grocery stores telling people about how we rescue and rehabilitate wildlife and helping us obtain new volunteers.  David recently passed away, and Rosemary has sweetly asked any who wish to remember Dave with a donation, to make it to https://www.pacificwildlifecare.org/make-a-donation. We have already received three donations in his honor.  Thanks, Rosemary, and thanks to you both for all your hard work for PWC!

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Diane Driscoll Tootle SmithCondolences to their family & friends.

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Kathy DuncanDavid was a dedicated, kind soul. He will be missed.

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Kelly Des Ermia VandenheuvelSo sorry to hear, Dave was a really wonderful man with a heart of gold. He will definitely be missed.

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Rose Mary Dolce-SkarpholSo sorry for the loss of such a kind man.

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