Morro Bay, CA, October 7, 2013—A matching fund has been established that will double all donations to Pacific Wildlife Care’s “Fund Our Vet” campaign.

A full-time on-site veterinarian, Dr. Shannon Riggs, was first hired at Pacific Wildlife Care (PWC) in January, 2013 as Director of Animal Care. Since then, survival rates have improved significantly, from 35% in January to 62% from March to October—well above the national average. The current funding effort aims at securing Riggs’ services through 2014.

Dr. Riggs oversees the work of skilled Senior Rehabilitators and 120 volunteers, optimizing efforts to provide prompt, expert care at PWC, whose mission is to treat and return to the natural habitat injured, orphaned, and pollution-damaged wildlife in San Luis Obispo County. The center has steadily expanded its capacity, volunteer base, and number of animals treated—taking in 2,336 animals in 2012.

Due to Riggs’ expertise, more animals are rehabilitated than could have been otherwise, such as a turkey vulture, recently released near Cal Poly, that was brought to the center with two broken wings—or a pelican that was admitted wrapped in fishing line and fish hooks, with a fish carcass in its esophagus and spines protruding from its pouch. Dr. Riggs reached down into its throat and pulled out a large rockfish. The pelican recovered and was released October 4.

Donations to the “Fund Our Vet” campaign will be matched, dollar for dollar, until January 15, 2014, although earlier donations will allow the center to better plan for the coming year.

For more about Pacific Wildlife Care, to make a donation to Fund Our Vet, or to learn about volunteer orientation, go to our website.


Brown pelican with large fish carcass stuck in throat

removing fish

1 Comment

  1. Gaye Richardson on February 6, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    So happy the rockfish could be removed from the pelican’s pouch/throat area.
    I have seen this before… and usually no help was available to the suffering bird.
    It is a true blessing that this pelican could survive and continue to have “life”.
    Thanks to everyone involved in the rescue…and rehabilitation of this pelican..
    Gaye Richardson

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