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Baby Opossum
Bandaged baby opossum
 We desperately need your gently used towels for baby season! If you have some to spare, please drop them off at our center or call (707) 992-0274 and someone will pick them up. Thank you!
Baby Owl
Baby Western Screech Owl


Animal Emergency Hotline:


Office: 707-992-0274

Exclusion: 707-992-0276

403 Mecham Rd,

Petaluma, CA 94952

Mailing Address:
PO Box 448,
Cotati, CA 94931 

It's Baby Season Again At SCWR
and they need your help!

Gray Fox Kit - Photo Taken by Joshua Asel

With your generous donation, we can provide the care these little ones need to grow, be strong and return to the wild. Your contribution will help provide their medical care, vaccines, foster care, and food.


Baby Long-tailed Weasel - Photo Taken By Joshua Asel

Every year from March to mid October our wildlife rehabilitation center is inundated with injured, orphaned, and sick babies. Here are some of the animals we have treated in the past 31 years since we became a non-profit with permits from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and US Fish and Wildlife Services: raptors, opossums, raccoons, squirrels, foxes, rabbits, rodents, skunks, reptiles, coyotes, bobcats, river otters, badgers, weasels, ringtail cats, mountain lions, minks and chipmunks. In a typical year we treat between 400 and 600 babies and juveniles. Each baby mammal must be fed between every 2 to 4 hours during the day and sometimes through the night until they reach an age where they can self feed. Bird babies are even more demanding; some need to be fed every 15 minutes 12 hours a day. 



 Reuniting isn't always possible...


We always try to reunite a baby with its mother as that provides the animal with the best chance of survival. However in many cases that is not an option. Here is a typical example: A mother raccoon is trapped
Coyote pup
and killed by a home owner who does not want it eating their cat's food. Later that night the homeowners hear whimpering noises coming from under their house. This goes on for three days until they finally call Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue. We immediately dispatch an emergency rescue staff member who crawls under their house and collects three infant raccoons. The babies are admitted to our wildlife hospital dehydrated and listless. Their eyes are sunken in and they are ice cold and barely breathing. We begin round-the-clock emergency care and, after a week of constant care, they begin to come around. After another two days they are ready to go to a foster care home with a trained volunteer who will care for them until they are self-feeding, about two months. Finally the babies return to the Center for pre-release conditioning for another three months.
Baby Otters
Baby North American River Otters


Drugs: Clavamox, Baytil, Metacam, Pyrantol, Ponazuril, Frontline, Vaccines: to prevent infection, pain, parasites, and diseases like Parvo, Rabies, and Distemper. Cost for the season = $9,145


Veterinary expenses: situations requiring skilled veterinary care such as fracture repair and surgery = $4,400


Formula: KMR, Esbillac, Fox Valley, Carnivore Care:

formulas that closely match the species-specific

mother's milk = $5,000


Food: assorted fruit, mice, rats, quail, smelt, eggs: babies need special diets similar to what they would eat in the wild = $67,775

Baby bobcat

Medical Supplies: incubators, heating pads, towels, small kennels, fluids, bandaging: 

Babies caught by cats or dogs often sustain fractures to their delicate limbs and orphaned babies are so small they cannot self-regulate their own body heat = $3,600
Baby Raccoon

Baby season lasts nearly eight months and is our largest financial commitment of the year. It takes $92,000 to provide for our patients during Baby Season! We hope to have provided educational information and insight as you consider making an important, essential donation.

We cannot do this work without your support.



You can help by sending your donations to P.O. Box 448, Cotati, CA, 94931 or by clicking here to make a donation online. Please help us by including your information in the "notes" section so that we can keep track of you as one of our members.

Happy Mothers Day!

Gratefully Yours,

Doris  & The Team 
Doris Duncan, Executive Director

Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue
Registered 501(c)(3) Non Profit.