To report wildlife in distress, please call the San Francisco Animal Care & Control dispatch number at
SF ROMP (External Link) (San Francisco Rescued Orphan Mammal Program) is a local nonprofit organization that provides care to San Francisco’s injured and orphaned wild mammals, and is licensed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. SF ROMP can help you determine if an animal needs your immediate help or is orphaned. Contact SF ROMP at (415) 350-4593.
Bay Area Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers
North Bay: WildCare (External Link) is a wildlife rehabilitation center in San Rafael. Operators are available from 9:00 am-5:00 pm, 365 days a year. Call (415) 456-SAVE (7283) after 5:00 pm, PST (Pacific Standard Time), call WildCare’s 24-hour Nightline at (415) 300-6359.
Peninsula & South Bay: The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (External Link) extends its caring services to sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. If you see a wild animal you believe is in distress, please call:
- PHS/SPCA Burlingame Office (650) 340-7022
- PHS/SPCA (650) 494-7283 or Palo Alto Animal Services (650) 329-2413
Temporary Care Instructions for All Animals
- Call WildCare at (415) 456-SAVE (7283) or (415) 300-6359 (after 5:00 pm) before approaching any animal for advice on what to do.
- Do not give the animal any food or water. Feeding an animal an incorrect diet can result in injury or death. Also, a captured animal will get food and water stuck in its fur/feathers potentially leading to discomfort and hypothermia.
- Place the animal in an appropriately-sized, secure box with a towel or paper towel on the bottom. Make sure the box has holes in the lid.
- Keep the animal in a warm, dark, quiet place.
- Leave the animal alone. Remember human noise, touch and eye contact are very stressful to wild animals.
- Keep children and pets away.
Important: Touching a baby animal will not cause its parents to reject it (this is a myth). Some young animals are more likely to be safest if left where their parents can find it. Keeping a native wild animal in the State of California is against the law if you do not have the proper permits and licenses, even if you plan to release the animal.