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.
[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.
On July 5, Pacific Wildlife Care received a nest of infant Merriam’s Chipmunks transported inadvertently in a dresser from Lake Tahoe. Once these tiny visitors are old enough for release, they will be returned to their home. Chipmunks store food by digging small burrows in the ground and use their excellent sense of smell to find their stash at a later time. These 3 are enjoying a diet of nuts, fruits, seeds, and veggies. Chipmunks can store large amounts of food in their cheek pouches making themselves appear quite comical but this ability is essential to their survival. #pacificwildlifecare #chipmunk #wildlife #wildliferescue ... See MoreSee Less
A common injury we see in our clinic is entanglement with fishing line. That is exactly what happened to this juvenile Brown Pelican. She was untangled and her injuries are being treated by our vet. After spending some time recuperating indoors, she will be moved outside to a larger flight. You can help these iconic birds by picking up any fishing line you find on beaches and lake shores. ... See MoreSee Less
Have your tickets yet for August 5 for "Wild @ ❤️" at Swallow Creek Ranch? How about naturalist led hikes and history of the Ranch & Barn. Watch excerpts from Audubon's Birds of SLO County, a 2016 slideshow, and films from the Jackson Hole wildlife festival, especially: "The Bat Man of Mexico," & meet our own "Bat Lady," Melinda Alvarado, and wildlife ambassadors. This is besides the San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment at their easels and then later you can move to the soulful tunes of the Jill Knight Band. Beer, wine and art will be available for purchase. Come for a day of camaraderie and wild delight in support of SLO County wildlife; connect with nature. Tickets and art sales support the wildlife of San Luis Obispo. Go to: www.pacificwildlifecare.org/wild-at-heart... See MoreSee Less