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Project Wildlife of San Diego County

New State-of-the-Art Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Project Wildlife Care Center

Thanks to the generosity of donors, including leadership gifts from Pilar and Chuck Bahde, Rita Myers,
the Hill Charitable Foundation and the J.W. Sefton Foundation, San Diego Humane Society will be opening
a new state-of-the-art Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Since 1972, Project Wildlife has operated in a Wildlife Triage Center that is not sufficient to meet the growing needs of wildlife rehabilitation in San Diego. Each year, in an 1,100-square-foot trailer, Project Wildlife rehabilitates more than 10,000 sick, injured and orphaned wild animals.

Found an injured or abandoned wild animal in North County?

Permitted Wildlife Drop-Off Locations:
• Project Wildlife Care Center on Custer Street in San Diego
• San Diego Humane Society's Oceanside Campus, 572 Airport Road
• San Diego Humane Society's Escondido Campus, 3450 East Valley Parkway
• Local veterinarian supporters listed here.

Please note that the Department of Animal Services in Carlsbad is no longer a permitted drop-off location.

Rehabiltation Education Volunteers
Project Wildlife cares for injured, orphaned, and sick native wildlife and releases rehabilitated animals back into their natural habitats. California's wildlife belongs to all. Our education program teaches you how to take care of it! Since 1972, Project Wildlife has been dedicated to helping native animals. Find out more how you can be a part of it!

Ways to Help

From donating paper towels to donating your time, there are many ways to help Project Wildlife care for native wildlife.

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Local Wildlife

San Diego County is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the country. Learn more about living with native San Diego wildlife and what to do if you find an injured or orphaned animal.

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Photo Gallery

See Project Wildlife at work! From Anna’s Hummingbirds to Virginia Opossums, see some of our patients and meet our Education Animal Ambassadors.

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Care Center

Wildlife Care Center
Custer Street
San Diego, CA 92110
Directions & Map
Open 7 days a week
(except Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day)
Staff/Volunteer hours: 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Drop-off area is open 24/7.

To speak to a representative during business hours 10am - 6pm, call 619-299-7012.
For after-hours emergencies, call your local police department or San Diego Humane Society's Humane Law Dispatch 619-243-3466.

Outside of San Diego County?
If you are outside of our geographical area, please visit the emergency page of Wildlife International or contact your local Department of Animal Control or state Fish and Game office.

Media Resources

Resources for the media to learn more about the good work Project Wildlife provides San Diego County.



Wish List

Wish List

A donation from our wish list is a great way to support our efforts and help San Diego wildlife.