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Animal Rescuer Information

Thank you for helping an animal in need! 

WERC is licensed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California

Department of Fish and Game to care for orphaned, sick, and injured native wildlife.

We provide medical and rehabilitative services for about 300 birds, mammals, and

reptiles each year.


Each animal receives a complete physical exam, specialized diet, proper

housing, and individualized medications and rehabilitative services as needed to

promote complete recovery. When the rehabilitation process is complete, we make

every effort to return your animal to its original habitat or find a safe relocation area

where it can lead a normal, productive, and wild existence.


If you would like to find out about this animal's condition, please call us after

4 days between 2:00 - 4:00 P.M. We ask that only adults call since even with the best

care, some animals can't be saved nor returned to the wild. We always treat these

cases humanely and with compassion.


Many patients require long recovery periods ranging from 1 to 12

months, and specialized diets and medications that can cost $20 - $2,000. WERC.

provides its services at no cost, since charging a fee is against the law. However, as a

registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, WERC accepts and greatly

appreciates any financial contribution you can provide to help cover the cost of care

and treatment. Your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

WERC.'s federal tax ID number is 77-032496.



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Our Accredidations

W.E.R.C. is a member in good standing of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA), the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC), and the California Council for Wildlife Rehabilitators (CCWR). These organizations address implementation of standards for facilities, care, and caging for wildlife rehabilitation. In July 1993, W.E.R.C. passed the IWRC Pilot Accreditation Program for Basic Standards of Care in Wildlife Rehabilitation. We were issued a glowing report by the IWRC Standards and Accreditation Chair. Copies of this report are available upon request from W.E.R.C. or the IWRC. W.E.R.C. is also a member of both the Morgan Hill and Gilroy Chambers of Commerce.

Nearly all wild birds and mammals are protected under the law. Therefore, it is illegal for them to be taken from the wild and kept as pets or patients without federal and state permits. W.E.R.C. is the only facility in South Santa Clara County licensed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide rehabilitative services.

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