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Project Wildlife of San Diego County

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Found an injured or abandoned wild animal in North County?
Please note that our drop off location at the Department of Animal Services in Carlsbad is now closed.

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.

Thanks for helping injured wildlife!


Project Wildlife has recently merged with and become a program of San Diego Humane Society, one of our long-time community partners. Our name and mission are retained, but we are now able to share in the administrative resources and animal welfare experience of SDHS, and focus our efforts and our donated dollars on our mission of giving wildlife a second chance and educating the public on coexisting with wildlife. Our animal care and education staff and volunteers are continuing to employ their expertise to save lives and enhance our community.

We want you to be aware of the great things on the horizon for wildlife in San Diego County, and to assure you that we continue to work every day to save lives, one animal at a time. We would also like to be clear that we do all of this with your support and that we still do need your help! Project Wildlife is now, and will remain, an endeavor supported by donations from people who share our passion for the welfare of all animals from the smallest hummingbird abandoned in its tiny nest to the great horned owl who fell from its aerie from a tree squirrel baby caught by a cat to a raccoon inadvertently poisoned by material left out for rats we are there for all of them because of donors like you! If you are a legacy donor and have written us into your will or trust, be assured that your gift to Project Wildlife will still go to support the care of wildlife in San Diego County.

Thank you again for your continued support. We could not have helped more than 10,000 animals last year without you!

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!

Wildlife Extraction is a service offering humane eviction of wildlife and is now available to homeowners and businesses
in San Diego County.



Want to meet an Animal Ambassador?

Have a question for Project Wildlife?

Come visit us at an upcoming community event!

It's a Wildlife Baby Shower!

Project Wildlife's Seventh Annual

Wildlife Baby Shower

March 4th, 2017, 10am to 2pm

(Rain or Shine!)

Each spring and summer Project Wildlife receives and cares for thousands of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife until they are ready for release. Come tour our Wildlife Care Center, play games, make crafts and meet our wildlife ambassadors.  For details, click the view event button below.

View Event

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: 8:30a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Drop-off area is open 24/7.

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.