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.
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR CARING, CONCERN, AND DONATION!
Terra - Our Burrowing Owl Ambassador - PC By Brad Lewis
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.
John Quick was a co-founder and our first veterinarian
Luna teaches baby owls how to hunt and stay wild.
Virginia Opossum - We get a lot of calls for displaced opossum babies.
He could fly but he couldn't perch. It took Ashely a good while to catch him and bring him to the rehab center to get the help he needed.
Barnadette studies the camera
A lot of the animals we receive come to us because of negative encounters with humans