Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network Aids North County

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This baby Dusky-footed Woodrat was found alone in a puddle in the Zodo's Bowling parking lot. She was very cold, but she is on the road to recovery now! The rat is fed 5% of her body weight in special formula, 6 times per day. We think her ears will get more perky within the next few days, and her eyes will open shortly after. 

Source: SBWCN

Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network remains open and ready to save and serve wildlife in North Santa Barbara County. 

Residents of Santa Barbara County, including North County residents, are encouraged to call Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network (SBWCN) if a wild animal in distress needs help. The HELPline is 805-681-1080 and the Wildlife Care Center is open 365 days of the year. SBWCN remains a robust and expert resource for wildlife, and will be working diligently to serve the needs in North County to help meet the needs of wildlife in the region. Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network's mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and return to the wild sick, injured, orphaned, or oil-impaired wild birds and small mammals.


Perky ears and open eyes! Our dusky footed woodrat (the one that was found in the Zodo's parking lot) is drinking formula on her own now. Thank you to SBWCN staff member, Jessie Z., for giving her such great care around the clock!

Posted by Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network on Tuesday, February 19, 2019


SBWCN is licensed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Wildlife Baby Season will begin March 1, and it is anticipated that hundreds of orphans will need critical care across the County. Animals can be brought directly to SBWCN 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

SBWCN is looking for volunteers to help transport wildlife from the North County to its facility in Goleta, which is located at 1460 North Fairview. “A big challenge to helping animals in the North County is the need for on-call transportation to get animals to our facility,” said Ariana Katovich of Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network. 

Volunteer applications can be found online: 

Interested volunteers can also call the Wildlife Care Network office: (805) 681-1019

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PitMix Feb 25, 2019 10:43 AM
Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network Aids North County

Does it have the instinct to live in the wild after being hand-reared?
From "In outward appearance, the dusky-footed woodrat is almost identical to the Old World rats. Similarity, however, stops there. Taxonomically the two species are unrelated and very different ecologically. Unlike the Old World rats, the dusky-footed woodrat is native to North America. From Washington state southward to California, they live in dense vegetation, preferably among oak trees (Quercus spp.). Dusky-footed woodrats have the unusual habit of collecting and accumulating woody debris and most any available small object into piles or nests which serve as living quarters, hence, the name packrat.

An important inhabitant of California oak woodland, the dusky-footed woodrat is a significant food for small- to medium-sized predators. It comprises most of the diet of the California spotted owl (Strix occidentalis occidentalis), for example, in the Sierra foothill oak woodland and the isolated mountain ranges of southern California. Researchers at UC Berkeley recently found that in northern California, dusky-footed woodrats serve as the primary wildlife host for the tick vector of the Lyme disease spirochete. The Monterey dusky-footed woodrat (N. f. luciana), a subspecies which occurs in coastal central California, is also considered a California Species of Special Concern."

biguglystick Feb 25, 2019 10:11 AM
Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network Aids North County

THANK YOU, so very much, for all you do! I love our native wildlife, and it's important to teach people to be kind to ALL animals, not just cats and dogs. Such great work.

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