The Barn Owl, with its heart -shaped white face, silent flight, and drawn-out rasping screech, is often called the Ghost Owl. These Owls are found in virtually all habitats around the world but much more abundantly in open woodland, heaths and moors than forested country. They usually roost by day in tree hollows but have also been found in caves, wells, out-buildings or thick foliage.

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Veterinarian Resources

At Project Wildlife, we strive to provide the best medical care we can to our patients.  If you are a veterinarian practicing in San Diego County, you can help us!  With over 10,000 patients a year, we often need emergency assistance at a vet clinic closest to where the animal is found. 

The services we need could be as simple as accepting the patient from the public and stabilizing the animal until one of our transporters can arrange to pick it up from you.  If you would like to become more involved with working with wildlife and would be interested in treating long-term patients for free or at cost, please contact us for more information.  We are always looking for assistance with treating rabies-vector species including grey fox, raccoons, and bats.

To find basic information about wild animal behaviors, practical ways to handle common encounters and instructions on what to do when an animal needs help, please visit our Local Wildlife Page.

Veterinary Practices Project Wildlife consults or works with regularly:

Jane Meier, DVM Private traveling practice
Acacia Animal Health Center Escondido
Pet Emergency and Specialty Center La Mesa
All Pets Animal Hospital - Encinitas



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.

Wish List

Wish List

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