MAKE A DIFFERENCE
We are looking for volunteers that are serious about rehabilitating
and releasing wild animals back to their wild homes.
The animals must have as little human contact as possible for them
to remain wild and fear humans. If they don't fear humans when they
are released, they risk getting injured or killed. So if you would like
to cuddle the animals, we're sorry to say, this is not the place where
that is appropriate. There are oranizations that deal with domestic
animals that need the kittens and puppies to be socialized, and they
frequently look for foster homes for very young animals. They would
problably welcome your love of animals. At the NPWRC, we would
really welcome your hard work and commitment to keep the animals wild.
The age restriction of 16 years is for your health and safety, and also for the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, which does not allow us to put the animals on public display with the exception of those animals that cannot be released and can be safely used for educational purposes.
Animals can carry infectious viral and parasitic diseases, like the raccoon roundworm (Baylisascaris procyonis) that infected the Pacific Grove little boy. Millions of eggs can be shed by the raccoon roundworm that can cling to shoes and contaminate any place that they drop off. We cannot expose young children to these risks and cannot supervise them enough to make sure they don't come in contact with contaminated material.
To volunteer at the center you:
If this sounds like you and you'd like to volunteer, please call 831-628-3400 for an appointment.
Other ways to volunteer: