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Rescue, Rehabilitate & Educate

Pacific Wildlife Care has been serving wildlife in the San Luis Obispo area since 1984.

Who We Are

Donors, volunteers & staff working together to support the wildlife of San Luis Obispo County through rehabilitation and educational outreach.

What We Do

Pacific Wildlife Care treats 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.

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Behind the Scenes at PWC

Pacific Wildlife Care (PWC) has been an advocate for wildlife in San Luis Obispo County since 1984. 

From that time we have grown from a small group of dedicated home rehabilitators into a successful non-profit organization with a well-equipped rehabilitation center, a full-time wildlife veterinarian, a small paid staff, and nearly 200 volunteers.  In addition to the Rehabilitation Center, which is open every day of the year, we maintain a Wildlife Hotline that the public can call to report distressed wildlife (injured, sick, orphaned) and to receive information about our local wildlife.

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The Latest from PWC

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Freedom Friday! This elegant, graceful Great Blue Heron did not look so elegant or graceful when brought to us from the State Park in Morro Bay in early August. The bird could not stand and had many small puncture wounds on his scalp. He was treated for head trauma with pain medication and antibiotics and placed in a safe and quiet enclosure.

For over two weeks the bird remained very unsteady on his feet and refused to eat while his head wounds healed. Eventually, he began to stand and eat and regain strength and coordination until he was able to go into our large flight and begin flying. After five weeks in care, he had regained his elegance and grace and was released to his home territory in Morro Bay.

#greatblueheron #freedomfriday #BackToTheWild #homesweethome #wildlife #wildliferelease
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6 days ago

Freedom Friday! It's hard to believe that in early August, this adult California Gull could not walk or stand due to some unknown trauma. Thankfully a concerned citizen contacted our Pacific Wildlife Care hotline and one of our volunteer rescuers transported the gull to our clinic in Morro Bay. After 23 days of treatment by our skilled team, the gull fully recovered and was released, trotting out of its carrier and taking flight to once again soar above the coast near Shell Beach.

📸 ✍️ Julie S.

#freedomfriday #homesweethome #californiagull #Gull #wildliferelease #wildliferescue #wildliferehab #BackToTheWild
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2 weeks ago
Come and say hello! We’d love to see you at this event! Rotary Club of Los Osos

Come and say hello! We’d love to see you at this event! Rotary Club of Los OsosThe Rotary Club of Los Osos invites you to its annual Family Fun Fair on Grandparents Day, September 10th at the South Bay Community Center and Los Osos Community Park. from 12-4 pm. The kids play games to win tickets that they can exchange for bounce houses, face painting, prizes or a hot dog meal. Hot dog, hamburger or vegetarian chili available for purchase. Raffle tickets available at the event for prizes including a Central Coast Staycation package, two tickets to Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival and a Nintendo Switch special Zelda edition gaming console and many more. Need not be present to win. ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

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Mailing Address: PO Box 1134, Morro Bay, CA 93443
Center Hours: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm daily
with extended hours April to September
Wildlife Hotline Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm daily
with extended hours April to September
501c3 number: 77-0196350

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Our mission is to support San Luis Obispo County wildlife through rehabilitation and educational outreach.