Project Wildlife

If you’ve found an injured animal, contact our hotline at 619-225-WILD (9453).

If you are able, bring the animal to the Pilar & Chuck Bahde Wildlife Center at 5433 Gaines St. Do not attempt to care for the animal yourself. Do not give it food or water. Keep the animal in a dark, quiet box or crate and bring it to the Wildlife Center. The Wildlife Center is staffed from 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week and the Drop-Off area is open 24/7.

What Should I Do if I Find an Injured Wild Animal?

Click here for full information for basic rules and for special notes on certain animals.

Other permitted wildlife drop-off locations include:

San Diego Humane Society – Escondido Campus
3500 Burnet Drive
Escondido, CA 92027
619-299-7012, ext. 2737

San Diego Humane Society – Oceanside Campus
572 Airport Road
Oceanside, CA 92058
619-299-7012, ext.2000 or ext.2050

Mission Animal Bird Hospital
655 Benet Road
Oceanside, CA 92058

Department of Animal Services – Carlsbad
2481 Palomar Airport Road
Carlsbad, CA 92011

San Diego Wildlife Center – Carlsbad
2380 Camino Vida Roble unit G,
Carlsbad, CA 92011

All Pets Animal Hospital
Mammals Only
149 S. El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024

Acacia Animal Hospital and Pet Resort
655 W. Citracado Parkway
Escondido, CA 92025

Chula Vista Animal Services
130 Beyer Way
Chula Vista, CA 91911
619-476-2476 or 619-691-5123

Containing: For assistance containing an animal, please call Wildlife Assist at 858-278-2222.

Transport: For emergency transport options, please call San Diego Humane Society at 619-299-7012.

If you have a wild animal in distress and need immediate assistance, please utilize the following resources:

Wildlife Assist: 858-278-2222

Fund for Animals: 760-789-2324 
(only for mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, adult birds for prey, adult opossums, and adult skunks)

SeaWorld's Stranded Marine Mammal Program: 800-541-SEAL (7325)

SeaWorld Seabird Hotline: 619-255-4223

Your local Animal Services Department: San Diego County Emergency Hotline: 619-236-2341

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