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Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center
Caring for injured and orphaned native wild animals so they can be released back into their natural habitat.

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OPEN TO RECEIVE ANIMALS:   September to April =  10 am - 3 pm    May to August =  10 am - 4 pm


If you have a hurt wild animal, click on Found an Animal or call 209.883.9414.
We cannot answer animal inquires via email.

Safety Precautions


Use Caution - Many wild animals can be dangerous to handle. Even very young or very sick animals will react aggressively when they feel threatened.

Bats - Many grounded bats are rabid. Do not use bare hands when handling bats.
Skunks - Besides the obvious risk of being sprayed, many skunks are rabid.

Mammals - All mammals will bite and scratch and may carry diseases. Larger ones can do serious damage.

Birds of Prey - Hawks and owls have strong sharp talons and will use them when handled. The larger ones can do serious damage.

Baby Birds - Small birds are very fragile. Be extremely gentle. Small children often squeeze these birds too hard and cause fatal internal injuries.
Do's and Don'ts

Do keep the animal in a warm, dark, and quiet place. Most injured animals are extremely frightened and often cold. Stress can kill them. Make them feel safe by reducing noise and visual stimuli. Keep them warm to reduce their energy needs.

Do confine the animal in a container that is large enough for it to stand and turn around, and sturdy enough to prevent escape.

Do bring the animal to the Center as soon as possible. Unfortunately we cannot pick up animals. For a printer friendly map click here.

Do Not handle the animal unless absolutely necessary. Handling may damage, and will frighten, the animal. Also, it puts you at risk of injury or disease.

Do Not try to give food or medicine. The wrong food or medicine will do much more harm than no food or medicine,

Do Not attempt to give water. Weak and frightened animals may not swallow properly and can get water in their lungs. Water left in their carriers may be spilled getting them wet and cold.

How to Transport an Animal


Small Birds should be put into a small cardboard box or a paper bag. Put a few pencil size holes for air, and several layers of soft tissue for padding and insultation in the bottom of the bag.


Larger Birds, Raptors, and Baby Mammals should be put in a cardboard box with a few small holes near the top. Be sure to fasten the lid securely.


Larger Mammals should be put into sturdy carriers. Drape a towel over the holes and door to calm the animal.


Reptiles should be put into carefully sealed containers with small air holes to prevent escape.

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