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About the Care Center

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The Wildlife Care Center is the oldest and busiest wildlife rehabilitation facility in Oregon. Each year we treat about 3,000 wild animals for release back to the wild and respond to more than 12,000 wildlife-related inquiries. Our goal is to give injured, native wildlife a second chance at life in the wild and to reduce wildlife hazards in our community by educating people about urban wildlife.

The care center operates under permits issued by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We are an Oregon non-profit organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status and depend primarily on donations to support our operations.

Audubon first began doing wildlife rehabilitation in the 1930s (before the term "wildlife rehabilitation" even existed) when the Audubon Sanctuary caretakers began taking in injured wild animals. The current facility was built in 1987 and has capacity to treat more than 3,000 wild animals each year. The facility includes full wildlife veterinary and rehabilitation service, a wildlife diagnostics laboratory, indoor and outdoor flight cages, and housing for eight non-releasable educational birds and one non-releasable educational turtle. The care center is operated by three staff, including a wildlife veterinarian, and more than 100 volunteers. 

Services include:

  • Complete veterinary care and rehabilitation services for injured wildlife
  • Wildlife field services and wildlife rescue
  • Wildlife information, advice and consultation
  • Live educational bird programs (on and off site)
  • Wildlife research programs

Guests are welcome to stop in and visit the care center lobby and courtyard. Meet our non-releasable educational animals, watch wildlife surgeries through our observation windows, and check out the interpretive displays in our lobby.

Care Center Policies

Non-native animal policy: The Wildlife Care Center does not accept non-native, exotic or domestic animals for rehabilitation.

After-hours policy: The Wildlife Care Center does not accept after hours drop-offs.

Hours and Directions

Hours: 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Address: 5151 NW Cornell Rd, Portland, OR  97210

Getting here (map):
From the intersection of NW Lovejoy and 23rd Ave, head west on Lovejoy (which turns into Cornell). You'll find us 1.5 miles west of this intersection, on your right hand side just past the second tunnel. Nestled in beautiful Forest Park, we encourage carpooling, bicycling, and hiking to Portland Audubon.

Alternative transportation options:
Take TriMet's #15 bus to 23rd/Lovejoy and walk 1.5 miles west on Lovejoy, which turns into Cornell. Or, take TriMet's #15 or #77 to Thurman and 27th, walk six blocks to Lower Macleay Trailhead and hike the trail through Balch Creek Canyon to Audubon. The hike takes about 45 minutes, depending on your pace. Bicycles are not allowed on the Lower MacLeay (Balch Creek) trail.

By car, coming from north/south/east:
1. Take the I-5 freeway to the Fremont Bridge exit.
2. Go over the Fremont Bridge, staying in the far right lane, and take the Vaughn Street exit.
3. Continue on Vaughn Street to the second stop light (NW 25th).
4. Turn left onto 25th and keep going until you come to NW Lovejoy (4 way stop).
5. Turn right onto Lovejoy and stay on it.  It will veer right and take you up the hill.
6. Lovejoy will turn into Cornell Road and you will pass through two tunnels.
7. The Audubon Society of Portland is on the right approximately 1/4 mile past the second tunnel.

By car, coming from the west/southwest:
1. Head towards town on Highway 26.
2. Take the Barnes Road exit and turn right.
3. Go past St. Vincent’s Hospital to Miller Road (approximately one mile).
4. Turn left onto Miller and stay on it until you come to Cornell Road.
5. Turn right onto Cornell.  Continue past Skyline. 
6. The Audubon Society of Portland is on the left about 1.5 miles past the Skyline / Cornell intersection.

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