Saving sick or injured wild birds
People frequently contact SFVAS concerning oiled, wounded and sick birds. Below are the bird rescue operations in our area of which we are aware. If you know of others, please let us know and we will add them to this list. All of these organizations are non-profit, need donations, and frequently solicit volunteers, with the exception of the two organizations listed at the end. If no one answers it is because clinic personnel are currently busy with feeding or emergency procedures. Please leave a message - they will return your call as soon as possible.
Please, always call these organizations before you attempt to deliver an animal to their Center. You may waste valuable time.
Please note: The rehabilitation organizations listed below are not bird sanctuaries or bird boarding facilities, and with the exception of the two organizations at the end of the list, are not nuisance wildlife removal agencies. They are not permitted (by law) to admit domestic animals or birds. It is always illegal for non-permitted parties, including Veterinarians, to keep or care for wildlife.
If you have any questions not covered below, please call Dave Weeshoff, SFVAS Conservation Chair, at (818) 618-1652 or email Dave.Weeshoff@SFVAudubon.org.
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act: Most wild birds are federally protected. They must not be chased, harassed, captured or harmed in any way. Their eggs and nests are also protected.
Occasionally, it may be necessary to move a bird or its nest. We are permitted through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to handle protected migratory birds on a case by case basis.
California Wildlife Center
Phone: 310) 458-WILD 
PO Box 2022
Malibu, CA 90265
International Bird Rescue:
(Wild, aquatic birds only)
3601 So. Gaffey Street Box 3
San Pedro, CA. 90731
Ojai Raptor Center
Phone: (805) 649-6884
Wild neighbors too close for comfort? Wildlife problems can and should be resolved with compassion and humanity - with respect for life and the environment. Where traditional pest control companies focus on trapping and killing animals, HAC focuses on the cause, for lasting results. Fees may apply.
South Bay Wildlife Rehab
26363 Silver Spur Rd.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
City of Los Angeles Department of Animal Services
Small Animal Rescue Team (SmART)
Los Angeles Wildlife Program
(323) 225-WILD (9453)
The fastest way to reach a Los Angeles City Animal shelter is:
- Dial 888-452-7381
- Press 1 for English or 2 for Spanish
- Press 4
- Connect directly to any of our shelters
Humane Animal Control
Phone: (855) 548-6263