The Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center is dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned native wildlife. The center is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We are open every day from 8:00AM to 5:00PM for animal intake.
In the event of a petroleum spill, our OWCN trained staff are on a 24-hour call to respond to aid California wildlife. In a big spill some volunteers may be called upon to assist with extra duties.
Volunteers are essential to our daily operations.
The Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center provides orientations for new volunteers throughout the year.
The Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center offers:
Continued education and training
Guest speakers and presentations
Individual responsibility is emphasized in our volunteer program as follows:
Time Management (arrival/departure/shift commitment)
Follow directions, protocols, and guidelines from the WWCC staff and governing agencies (USFW, CAFW, CVMB)
Ask questions when unclear of procedures and protocols.
Commitment to weekly shift for a minimum of SIX months.
Flexible and cooperative on varying degrees of difficulty with our daily operations workload.
WWCC Volunteer duties and opportunities:
Commitment to a weekly four-hour shift for a minimum of six months
Data Entry Team
Intake animals from the public
Front desk operations
Learning to handle and care for wildlife from our Wildlife Technicians
Proper feeding procedures for wildlife
Proper animal care with laundry duty, cage/pen cleaning and maintenance of a clean animal hospital environment
Opportunities to assist with special WWCC events
The Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center is a fully licensed wildlife rehabilitation center and hospital.
The WWCC is regulated by the following agencies:
United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW)
California Fish and Wildlife Service (CAFW)
California Veterinary Medical Board (CVMB)
The ability to be adaptable and work calmly under stress are essential qualities of a Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center volunteer. A wildlife hospital environment operates in a very fluid manner and must accommodate emergencies and situations affecting the animal patients we care for.
Attending an animal release is the ultimate reward for our wildlife rehabilitation volunteers!
The following are IMPORTANT things to consider BEFORE getting involved with the Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center.
The WWCC is not a petting zoo or shelter. We care for wildlife that will hopefully be returned to a safe location as soon they are able. The animal’s survival depends upon them not becoming imprinted by/or attached to the humans caring for them.
It is not glamorous. We are a wildlife hospital therefore many of our tasks revolve around the daily care and maintenance of the facility, animal housing and care.
It is a commitment. Volunteers need to be willing to commit to a four-hour shift once a week for a minimum of six months. (College students- Please email volunteer coordinator)
It is emotional and rewarding. We diligently work towards the rehabilitation and release of injured or sick wildlife. Despite our best efforts, there are times when an animal doesn’t survive.Throughout the course of your volunteer journey though you will get to watch numerous sick or injured animals recover their health! You may get to hold open a cage door as a rehabilitated bird is released into the wild! You may get the opportunity to nurture an orphaned baby who may mature and raise its own family in the wild!
The WWCC is a place to learn about proper care of wildlife. The Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center has a Volunteer Task System (VTS) set up. Volunteers can come in as a beginner to the wildlife rehabilitation world and learn specialty tasks as they move through the task system. With completed volunteer hours and experience there is a vast array of wildlife rehabilitation to be learned!