As Baby Wildlife Season Ends, San Diego Wildlife Center Prepares to Close.

Baby wildlife season has been a busy time at the San Diego Wildlife Center in Carlsbad. With the release of our last patients, the Wildlife Center will close its doors.

When plans for the Wildlife Center were first put in place in 2016, there were limited resources in North San Diego County for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. The network of wildlife care providers has grown in the past three years.

  • Today, Project Wildlife has a new state-of-the-art facility with increased capacity.
  • The San Diego Humane Society now has two North County campuses that serve as drop-off locations for wildlife.
  • There are also three private animal hospitals in North County that accept sick, injured or orphaned wildlife after hours.

“Closing the Wildlife Center was not an easy decision nor was it one we came to rapidly.  It was discussed over numerous Board meetings over several months,” according to RCHS Board President Michael Berg. “Unfortunately, the Board came to the realization that our goal that the Wildlife Center would become self-sustaining was not being reached.”  

The Board created a closing schedule that makes patient care a priority. We have identified wildlife partners, in addition to Project Wildlife, who will accept patient transfers. We are confident that we can transfer all patients without endangering lives. 

Last week SDWC Director Trish Jackman reported, “Patients have been transferring twice a week as long as they are stable. All pre-release cages are full but should be empty by August 7. Finches are at an age that will require them to stay put to prevent sudden finch death during moves at their age. If they are not ready by the 27th, they will fly in a satellite cage set up and ready for them. The last Ring-Necked Doves have been placed. All animals are on schedule to be out of the Center by the end of the month.”

Information on where to take wildlife can be found at

We recognize the hard work and dedication of our wildlife staff, volunteers and supporters. RCHS remains committed to our core mission of helping homeless companion animals and humane education. Watch for updates on our continuing efforts to protect our local wildlife.   


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