Our Mission: To provide high quality care and rehabilitation of injured, sick, and orphaned wildlife within the Silicon Valley community. Through community outreach, we foster a positive coexistence between the general public and wildlife, and encourage an interest in, and concern for wildlife conservation issues. Through the dedication of over 150 volunteers, we care for over 5,000 birds, mammals and reptiles from over 150 species each year.
Who Are We?
Founded in 1993, we are a 501(c)3 non-profit licensed by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. We work under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to care for injured and distressed wildlife according to their guidelines.
What We Do
- Wild Animal Care & Release: We provide high quality medical care for wild animals brought to the Center. Each is examined, treated and placed where it will get the best care with the least stress until release back into the wild. We work with local animal control departments, the CHP and others to provide training in rescue and handling techniques as well as wildlife interaction problems.
- Community Outreach: WCSV has an active community outreach program, speaking to local service, civic and business groups and participating in wildlife-related events and festivals. We offer educational information to deal with common wildlife interactions, including coyotes, skunks, squirrels etc. This is available through our advice hotline, newsletter and website.
- Who We Serve: All citizens and wildlife of Santa Clara County communities from Mountain View to Morgan Hill. We treat approximately 5,000 wild birds, mammals and reptiles from 100 different species each year. Animals are returned to local habitats that will support them.
- Our Volunteers: WCSV achieves its mission through a dedicated group of over 150 volunteers supported by a paid staff of eight (7 full-time, 3 part-time.) All volunteers complete California Department of Fish & Wildlife approved courses in animal examination, treatment, nutrition and rehabilitation techniques. New volunteers are assigned an experienced mentor to learn high quality care. Our volunteers commit over 35,000 hours each year to rehabilitate wildlife at the Center and in their homes.
- Funding/Support: WCSV is funded in part by the cities we serve, grants, events and individual donations. Significant expenses include animal food, shelter & medicine, volunteer training and outreach program delivery.