The San Diego Wildlife Center, or SDWC, is a program of Rancho Coastal Humane Society, a 501c3 non-profit. When Rancho Coastal Humane Society opened in 1960 neighbors relied on RCHS to provide care and rehabilitation, then release them back to the wild. The San Diego Wildlife Center is a return to those roots.

We operate from a 2600 sq ft. facility in Carlsbad where the community can bring wildlife patients during operating hours.



As a wildlife rehabilitation center in the north county region, we provide a stronger safety net for injured, ill and orphaned wildlife.

Our state and federal permits allow us to provide care for sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife in San Diego County including the following cities: Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Marcos and Solana Beach.

We currently specialize in ducks, gulls, songbirds, and squirrels but we will take in other species and work with our partners on long-term care to ensure that wildlife has a place to heal and a chance to return to the wild.



Wherever you live in San Diego County, you are surrounded by wildlife.

San Diego County is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the United States.  It covers 4,500 square miles and with its 3.1 million human residents, it is the second most populous county in California.  It is home to more than 320 species of native and non-native wildlife.

You might not see these wild animals every day, but they’re all there making a difference for San Diego: ducks preventing overgrowth in our lakes, the squirrels and songbirds spreading valuable seeds, even the skunks keeping rodents in check.

They don’t just live in our community. We live in theirs. That’s why it’s up to us to help and protect these animals.

Mission Statement

We are dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of San Diego wildlife while promoting co-existence with our local ecosystem.

Value statement

We will act with integrity and compassion for the animals in our care and the community that depends on us.