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Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center | Morgan Hill, California

Gilroy, CA, [JULY, 2024] – The Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center (WERC) is excited to announce the acquisition of a larger, public facility in Gilroy, California. This new center will significantly enhance WERC’s ability to provide critical care, rehabilitation, and education for the region's wildlife. Currently, the site is under development as WERC tailors the space to meet the needs of animals in their care.

We need the help of wildlife champions like you to create a center for injured wildlife and our popular education programs. Click here to donate and help make our vision for area wildlife a reality! 

Animal Emergency?

Wildlife Emergency
Wildlife Emergency?

You never know when you might have the opportunity to help a wild animal in distress: You may find a bird that has flown into a window, been caught by a cat, or tangled in fishing line, fencing, or kite string; a nest of babies fallen from a tree or bush; or a deer, owl, or opossum hit by a car. 

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Have You Found A Baby Bird?
Found a Baby Bird?

During spring/summer there are many wild animals, especially baby birds, which seem to need our help. Over 75% of the wild baby animals rescued by well-intentioned people really do not need assistance. Here are some helpful hints to help you determine the best course of action if you find a baby animal.

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Have You Found A Baby Mammal?
Found a Baby Mammal?

Does it Really Need Rescuing? Before picking up any wild animal, BE SURE IT REALLY NEEDS RESCUING! Young animals are often picked up by someone who mistakenly thinks they are orphaned, injured, or abandoned, when they are simply exploring, having left the nest on schedule and are still being cared for by their parents.

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If you have read the appropriate link and have a wild baby that you think needs help call:

(408) 779-9372
Hours, everyday:  9:00am-3:00pm
If you do not reach a staff member, please message us on our Facebook page for more immediate assistance:

Message us here

NOTE:  if it is after hours keep the animal in a dark quiet place and call in the morning. 

Serving Our Community for Over 30 Years


Owl Pair Ready For Release

WERC, the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center provides the community with rehabilitation services for orphaned, injured and sick native wildlife. Through our educational programs, WERC encourages a peaceful coexistence between civilization and our native wildlife.

Diego The Bob Cat Picture Credit Heather Faulhaber

How to Help

WERC is funded by individual donations that go directly towards the cost of animal food, shelter & medicine. Your support is crucial to our efforts. 

In addition to cash donations, we have a wish list of needs that benefit the infrastructure of our facility. 

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WERC Events

  • Sep 22, 2024, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Gilroy, Fortino Winery 4525 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy, CA 95020, USA
    Join us for an afternoon of Animal Presenters, Lunch, Wine & Beer Live & Silent Auctions. Learn about the plans for our new center opening late Fall 2024.
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