The Great Blue Heron is the largest and most widespread heron in North America. These birds can be found along the ocean shore or at the edges of small inland ponds; they live in San Diego year-round. Although their plumage is more gray than blue, they lay pale blue eggs, which may be part of the reason for their name.

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Ways To Help

As someone who cares about animals, you can join Project Wildlife in saving native San Diego wildlife by making a monetary or in-kind contribution. Project Wildlife has recently merged with and become a program of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, but we want our donors to know that we still need your help and that your donations will still go to helping wildlife. Any gifts intended to help sick, injured and orphaned wildlife will be designated as such. Thank you for your continued support of our work and help to save thousands of wild animals every year! Our Tax Identification Number is 95-1661688.

Different Types of Donations

Make a General Donation

Your contribution will benefit the animals entrusted in our care as well as important community programs. Donations can be made online at, at our Triage Centers or by simply calling our office at 619-299-7012.

Memorial and Tribute Gifts

Make a donation in honor or memory of a loved one and we'll send a card to whomever you wish telling them about your donation. Thank you for your support.

Animal Care Wish List

Information on Planned Giving

Vehicle Donations

A simple email or phone call can turn your car, motorcycle, boat or recreational vehicle into cash for Project Wildlife, call 855-700-WILD (855-700-9453) for details or use this secure online donation form above.


Volunteering is just one way that you can give to a nonprofit. Volunteers play a crucial role in providing education and animal care for the more than 10,000 annual patients and 20,000 members of the public. Learn more about the ways you can join the most sought-after volunteer program in San Diego and give your time to your favorite charity!


Event Sponsorship

You or your company can help sponsor one of our special events or education presentations and receive special event promotions and recognition in return. For more information about opportunities and benefits, contact our office at 619.299.7012.

United Way/Combined Federal Campaign

Designate us as your charity of choice- it's an easy way to make a big difference!

Matching Gift Programs

Have you ever wished you could give more to help animals? Many employers sponsor matching gift programs that match employee charitable contributions. Check with your employer about how your gift can go even further.

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.