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Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network

Organization Mission

The Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network is a nonprofit organization that has been rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing injured, orphaned, and sick and impaired wildlife in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties for more than 30 years. Our mission is to give birds, small terrestrial mammals, and reptiles of all sorts a second chance. We answer 10,000 calls to our help line and care for 3,500 animals annually. SBWCN is licensed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Social Change Project:

Nothing catalyzes human connection quite like saving a life. Operation Warm Wildlife will provide the crucial warming equipment that animals need during transportation and rehabilitation, and it will help us educate and excite our thousands of animal-rescuing constituents. It is our mission to serve animals and members of our community; our volunteers must be equipped with heating pads to warm stressed animals. Thousands of community members who rescue wildlife and bring them to us must rest assured knowing that the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network will provide top-notch care for animals in need.

Patients such as this baby Western Grebe need to be constantly warmed while in care. A difference of a few degrees can mean life or death for seabirds, mammals, and especially baby animals of all sorts

I volunteer at the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network every Thursday and Sunday. My job is to answer the helpline and help coordinate transportation for animals that need to get to our center ASAP. I also advise members of the public on what to do if they find an animal in need. I have learned many things over my years of helpline work, and one big one is that warm animals are much less stressed. That's why I always tell people to keep animals warm when they transport them to us, and that's why I believe in this project, Operation Warm Wildlife, which will save lives!

- Mary Jane Slater