Injured and Orphaned Birds — What To Do?

Please contact these organizations if you find an injured animal:

California Wildlife Center
Phone: 310) 458-WILD [9453]
PO Box 2022
Malibu, CA 90265

International Bird Rescue:
(Wild, aquatic birds only)

Phone:   310-514-2573
3601 So. Gaffey Street Box 3
San Pedro, CA. 90731

Ojai Raptor Center
Phone: (805) 649-6884

South Bay Wildlife Rehab
26363 Silver Spur Rd.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Phone:   310-378-9921

City of Los Angeles Department of Animal Services

Small Animal Rescue Team (SmART)
Los Angeles Wildlife Program
Phone: (888) 452-7381

The fastest way to reach a Los Angeles City Animal shelter is:

  • Dial 888-452-7381
  • Press 1 for English or 2 for Spanish
  • Press 4
  • Connect directly to any of our shelters

Humane Animal Control
Phone: (855) 548-6263


Injured Birds FAQ

Info on Urban Mallards


Saving Injured or Orphaned Wild Birds

People frequently contact SFVAS concerning oiled, wounded, and sick birds. Above are the bird rescue operations in our area of which we are aware.  If you know of others, please let us know and we will add them to this list.   All of these organizations are non-profit, need donations, and frequently solicit volunteers, with the exception of the two organizations listed at the end. If no one answers it is because clinic personnel are currently busy with feeding or emergency procedures. Please leave a message – they will return your call as soon as possible.

Please, always call these organizations before you attempt to deliver an animal to their center.  Otherwise, you may waste valuable time.

Wild neighbors too close for comfort? Wildlife problems can and should be resolved with compassion and humanity – with respect for life and the environment. Where traditional pest control companies focus on trapping and killing animals, HAC focuses on the cause, for lasting results.  Fees may apply.

Please note: The rehabilitation organizations listed above are not bird sanctuaries or bird boarding facilities, and with the exception of the two organizations at the end of the list, are not nuisance wildlife removal agencies. They are not permitted (by law) to admit domestic animals or birds. It is always illegal for non-permitted parties, including Veterinarians, to keep or care for wildlife.

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act: Most wild birds are federally protected. They must not be chased, harassed, captured or harmed in any way. Their eggs and nests are also protected.
Occasionally, it may be necessary to move a bird or its nest. We are permitted through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to handle protected migratory birds on a case by case basis.

For a full listing of all legal and licensed wildlife rehab facilities in California, click here.