Project Wildlife

Project Wildlife’s mission is to improve the quality of life for local wildlife and the community, serving as the primary resource for animal rehabilitation and conservation education.


Since 1972, Project Wildlife’s dedicated staff and volunteers have given injured, orphaned, and sick wild animals a second chance at life. This commitment to helping wild animals has grown tremendously and Project Wildlife is now one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation organizations in the country.

Project Wildlife is a critical community resource for residents and businesses in San Diego County, one of the most biologically diverse areas in the United States, with the greatest number of endangered species.


The organization’s cadre of more than 600 volunteers donates thousands of hours per year to care for injured, orphaned, and sick wildlife. In addition to Project Wildlife’s Triage Center, there are more than 70 satellite care sites facilitated by volunteer rehabilitators who work tirelessly, 24 hours a day 365 days a year, to provide pre-release care to wild animals. To learn about becoming a volunteer, please click here.

Found an injured wild animal?

Click here for wildlife resources that may help or visit projectwildlife.org for additional resources.

Project Wildlife is a proud partner of The Humane Society of the United States program, Wild Neighbors. For additional resources on coexisting with wildlife in your neighborhood, please visit the links below:

Contact Project Wildlife
To speak to a representative during business hours 10am – 6pm, call 619-299-7012.

For after-hours emergencies, call your local police department or SDHS’s Humane Law Dispatch 619-299-7012.


Wildlife Care Center
Custer Street

San Diego, CA 92110

  • Drop-off area is open 24/7
  • Open 7 days a week (except Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year’s Day)
  • Staff/Volunteer hours: 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
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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.


Information line
619-225-WILD (9453)

Our staff and volunteers help nearly 13,000 birds and mammals each year and have cared for more than 320 species to-date.

Constant Companions

Become a monthly donor today
and save lives all year long!

This year, more than 10,000 wild animals
will get a second chance thanks
to friends like you.


Become a Constant Companion

Estate Planning

You can also provide support
for native wildlife by including
Project Wildlife in your estate planning.


Download the Project Wildlife
Estate Planning Brochure