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

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18 hours ago

Pacific Wildlife Care

Fledglings are baby birds that have grown to the point where they're too big for their nest and need room to move, flap their wings, and learn to fly. If you see one, try not to draw too much attention to it. It's likely trying to be pretty stealth and acquire skills to live.

Does the bird need "saving?" The general rule: if a baby bird can hop and flutter about on their own, leave them alone. Likely the parents are keeping watch nearby.

More info:
www.fws.gov/midwest/news/foundbabybird.html

Photo: Fledgling robin by Danielle Brigida/USFWS
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Man I have fed a lot of young Robins ...

2 days ago

Pacific Wildlife Care

These Northern Mockingbird nestlings were attacked by a domestic cat resulting in a fractured humerus for one bird and subcutaneous emphysema for the other.

Subcutaneous emphysema is simply air trapped under the skin. This occurs very commonly with cat attacks as the bird’s air sacs are often punctured by teeth or claws, but the skin wounds close up when the teeth are pulled out. This means inhaled air can escape from the air sacs but not be able to get out of the body causing the skin to balloon out in certain areas as seen here. Luckily, these two siblings are both doing well in care.

People commonly report that their cat had a bird or small mammal in its mouth, but there are “no wounds”. This little bird had no external wounds.

Even if you see no wounds, any animal that is in a cat’s mouth should come to a permitted rehabilitator for care. The bacteria in a cat’s mouth is incredibly dangerous and can cause death in hours if left untreated. With or without obvious wounds, these cat attack victims need antibiotics.

Each year, approximately 15% of our patients are cat attack victims. This is about 300 cat attack patients per year! In addition to surgery and medications, many are babies that will be in care for many weeks. This is extremely labor-intensive and it is a large financial burden to the Center. Please consider helping us by keeping your cats indoors or donating to the care of these animals.

#CatAttack #WildlifeMedicine #NorthernMockingbird
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Thank you

Volunteers are VERY helpful too!

Freedom Friday! This adult Western Screech Owl is back home again. The bird was discovered struggling to get out of a swimming pool and was wet, cold and exhausted. He was warmed and dried and given fluids. After some weeks gaining strength and regrowing some flight feathers, he was ready for release. Good luck out there little (yet fierce) owl!

Picture by Jeanette Stone

#screechowl #owl #predatorofthenight #wildliferelease #backhome
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Freedom Friday! This adult Western Screech Owl is back home again. The bird was discovered struggling to get out of a swimming pool and was wet, cold and exhausted. He was warmed and dried and given fluids. After some weeks gaining strength and regrowing some flight feathers, he was ready for release.  Good luck out there little (yet fierce) owl!

Picture by Jeanette Stone 

#screechowl #owl #predatorofthenight #wildliferelease #backhome

 

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When I saw the pic I was hoping it was the one injured on the side of the road. happy for this guy but still wondering about the other...

My favorite bird gorgeous

They are so tiny.

Guess the animal! What animal do you think this is? 🙂

*We will give out the answer on Friday in the comments section.

#whatisit #guesstheanimal #wildlife
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Guess the animal! What animal do you think this is? 🙂 

*We will give out the answer on Friday in the comments section. 

#whatisit #guesstheanimal #wildlife

 

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A horned toad or lizard.....

Horned Lizaard

It looks like a bearded dragon...I love them so much...

obviously, it's a DRAGON! 😉 or maybe a horned toad?

Bearded dragon

Horned toad

Bearded dragon

Horned toad

Bearded dragon

Bearded dragon...

My alma maters mascot, the "ishootbloodotamyeyes" almighty horned frog

Horny toad is my guess

Gilla Monster

Styracosaurus?

Horned lizard

horned lizard?? (horney toad)

Horned Frog???

Horned toad

Phrynosoma blainvillii

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Lizard

Horned toad

Horny toad!

Horny toad

Horned toad

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We definitely couldn’t do what we do without our fabulous volunteers! A total of 10 baby raccoons are being cared for by home rehabilitator, Becky Evans. This raccoon’s mother was killed when she was hit by a car. He and his siblings will be cared for until they can survive on their own. As cute as baby raccoons look, to keep them healthy and wild, it takes the knowledge and skill of an experienced wildlife rehabilitator. If you find wildlife in distress, always call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator immediately. ❤️

#raccoon #wildliferehabber #wildliferescue
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We definitely couldn’t do what we do without our fabulous volunteers! A total of 10 baby raccoons are being cared for by home rehabilitator, Becky Evans. This raccoon’s mother was killed when she was hit by a car. He and his siblings will be cared for until they can survive on their own. As cute as baby raccoons look, to keep them healthy and wild, it takes the knowledge and skill of an experienced wildlife rehabilitator. If you find wildlife in distress, always call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator immediately. ❤️

#raccoon #wildliferehabber #wildliferescue

 

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the bandit is happy

Love what you do! Thank you!

I so wish I lived closer as I am looking for a wildlife center at which to volunteer. But up here in the Bay Area. Thanks for the work you're doing.

Awwwwwwwww sweetie pie

Julie Gruba

freaking people in cars. I always look out for animals and try to avoid running them over. people need to be more careful

Thank you for helping our wildlife.

Alanah Tucker Christina V Heasley Liz Roberts Lauren Shand 🙂

Auntie Mary Nolan Foster 💙

Thank you all for all you do for them

look at the adorable face

I am but don't have the time or space now ... sometime I'll be back in the saddle again ...

*Grabby hands*

Or the parents are cruelty trapped by neighbors who have chickens. They trap and the County comes out comes out to dispose of the Moms. Leaving the babies. PW can only do so much. Heartless people.

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