The Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network is a nonprofit, volunteer-based 501(c)(3) organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and releases injured, orphaned, sick and oiled wildlife, including birds, reptiles, and small mammals in Santa Barbara County and beyond. We are licensed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Our staff and volunteers currently help thousands of animals every year.

The organization was incorporated in 1988 from humble beginnings operating out of private homes of dedicated volunteers.  In 2004, property was purchased at 1460 North Fairview Avenue in Goleta, and the Network was able to move into a permanent home in 2012. Since its inception, the Network has relied heavily on the help of dedicated volunteers to rescue, rehabilitate and release over 4,000 animals a year from Morro Bay to Thousand Oaks. We receive over 11,000 calls from citizen rescuers with a wild animal in need all across Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Today, SBWCN averages 45 hours of volunteer service a day, 365 days per year to keep up with the fast pace of wildlife rescue.


Photo Credit: Rebecca Gaal