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

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

History of the SWCC

       The Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center was started in August of 1984. The founding members were Donna Burt, Phil McKay, Brian Feyler, Marsha Feyler, Diane Duncan, and Jeremy Obers. Turlock veterinarian, Dr. Douglas Marks agreed to provide veterinary services. Each founding member donated $50.00
       With $300.00 in seed money, the new organization began fundraising, training, and recruitment efforts. They also petitioned California Department of Fish and Game for a Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit. The permitting process is lengthy and difficult. The permit was issued in April of 1985 and the SWCC began caring for animals in the members' homes.

       One of the most important early goals was to build a facility, where the animals could be cared for rather than keeping them in peoples' homes. This care center could be better equipped and staffed than any one person's home could hope to be.
       In February of 1986 the first Center opened in a garage in Turlock. The flight cages were located in the back lot of Turlock Animal Control and in the yards of a few members. This was a temporary location. The owner of that house was moving in October of that year. So, the search was on for a more permanent location.

       A family in Ceres generously donated the use of some of their land for the next Center. The land contained two 60-year-old sheds. One was straightened up and strengthened. The other collapsed of old age. Water, septic, electricity, and telephone were installed. A 30-year-old trailer was donated for use as office and admitting room. The flight cages were moved to this site and additional cages were built.

       The SWCC was growing rapidly, and now had about 30 animal care volunteers and several hundred members.
     After a couple of years the city of Ceres decided to build a school on "our" land. Although the owners vowed not to sell, we could see the writing on the wall and stepped up our efforts to secure a permanent facility at Fox Grove Regional Park.

       Fox Grove has about two acres near the entrance that had been use for gravel extraction. The land was level, empty, on high ground, and the ideal place to build the Center. Fox Grove is owned by the state of California and managed by Stanislaus County. Both the state and county were willing to let the SWCC lease half of the land. However, it took a long time and some help from local politicians before the state and county agreed to all of the details and signed off.
        The new land presented many difficult challenges. Again we needed to put in water, septic, electricity, and telephone. We also needed to build permanent structures. We were donated a 50 year old house. The house was moved to Fox Grove and lowered onto its new foundation. Then the remodeling work began. Walls were moved. Doors were widened. New plumbing and electricity were installed. New flooring and a new roof were added. A perimeter fence was built.
        Finally we received approval to move in. The cages, equipment, and supplies were brought from Ceres to Fox Grove only days before the construction started on the new school. In the spring of 1992, after 8 years of work, we opened for business at our permanent location in Fox Grove Regional Park.
        We have continued to expand and update our facilities. In 2004 we were granted a use permit for remaining acre of land east of our current facility, doubling the size of the Center. That will be the location of our Interpretive Center, mammal complex, raptor recover cages, and deer yard.

       In 2006 the deer yard was completed. It was a Boy Scout Eagle Project.

        In 2008 one of two interpertive cages was completed. It is a 1200 sq ft buildling with 4 interior cages that can be viewed by the public. Currently Bella (red fox), Hopper (raven), Oscar (burrowing owl), Jet (Americal kestrel), and Skunkie (striped Skunk) are living in that buidling. Two Boy Scouts are working on the landscaping. That should be complete in spring of 2010.

       In 2009 a coyote enclosure was build increasing the square footage we have for coyote houseing several times. This enclosure still needs landscaping and screening fencing.

Next on the agenda are raccoon cages. These will cost around $15,000 each, and we need two.

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