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.

Our Stories

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


PWC - In the News!

Check out the latest news coverage and podcasts!

13 hours ago

Pacific Wildlife Care

Ever wonder how animals drink hot chocolate in the winter... ... See MoreSee Less

Ever wonder how animals drink hot chocolate in the winter...Image attachment


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Pacific Wildlife Care

Great news for wildlife in the area ❤️A few weeks ago we hinted that we had some exciting conservation on the horizon. Check out the SLO Tribune's coverage of our new conservation agreement with the owners of Cerro Alto Ranch at Hollister Peak! https://www.sanluisobispo.com/article223003735.html ... See MoreSee Less


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That is great!

So happy to hear this will be preserved for generations to come! Thank YOU!

3 days ago

Pacific Wildlife Care

Glue traps are indiscriminate and inhumane. We have posted about this issue many times, but continue to see many glue trapped patients each year. Most victims are insectivorous birds, bats, and reptiles who come to the traps due to the large amount of free, immobilized food (insects)! Even for the intended targets (typically insects or mice), this slow death by dehydration or starvation as they struggle to get free is in no way a humane option. This Carolina Wren was found in the street. Only its feet were stuck to the trap and this patient was using its functional wings in an attempt to carry itself AND the trap away. Luckily, a Good Samaritan came across the trap and got this patient in for care. It was exhausted on intake and though easily removed, it had suffered neurologic damage to its leg. We are rehydrating this bird and performing physical therapy with the hope that it will eventually be releasable. Please do not use glue traps and encourage others to do the same. Ultrasonic pest repellents, natural repellents, regularly-checked live traps with release outside the home, and even “snap traps” are far more humane options. If you do find an animal on a trap, please do not attempt to remove it yourself. Excessive oil use, tiny amounts of missed adhesive, and trap-caused internal or external injury can be a death sentence for these animals even if you successfully remove them. ALWAYS get these animals to a rehabilitator BEFORE removing them from the trap to ensure their best chance of survival! #GlueTraps #CarolinaWren #WildlifeRehab ... See MoreSee Less


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You can use cooking oil to free anything that get stuck to them. I have freed many lizards but we need them to keep scorpions out of our house in Arizona.


People don't listen. Worse, they don't care.

That bird is so pissed off right now.

Makes me sick...so glad it's being pointed out...the price wildlife pays for these nasty traps!

Glue traps should be banned. This is tragic and unnecessary.


Horrible glue traps and rat poison. Sadly found out the hard way how bad they are .

I hate glue traps they are horrid!

Please don't use these.

Should not be allowed

WTF is wrong with people??? Glue traps, poisons, and other indiscriminate, slow means to killing things are cowardly and inefficient. If you want rodents or insects dead, kill them personally, not with these “remote”, hands-off, cowardly means.

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