Wildlife Care Center
Injured Wildlife Hotline: 503-292-0304
Portland Audubon’s Wildlife Care Center is the oldest wildlife hospital in Oregon and gives injured and orphaned native animals a second chance at life in the wild. Through education and advocacy, the Wildlife Care Center also serves as a resource to help our community live more harmoniously with wildlife.
Under permits issued by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the center provides care for more than 3,000 wild animals and responds to over 10,000 wildlife-related inquiries annually. The current facility was built in 1987, and is operated by three full time staff, a wildlife veterinarian, and more than 100 volunteers.
How Does the Care Center Work?
Injured and orphaned wildlife that are brought to the center receive care tailored to their individual needs. In addition to species- and age-appropriate food and housing, this care includes a wide range of options including:
- Veterinary care – medications, wound care, fracture stabilization, and surgery
- Diagnostics – radiographs, lead testing, and blood work
- Reconditioning – physical therapy, flight space, and exercise plans
Once they have recovered and/or are old enough to survive, patients are released back into the wild to rejoin the ecosystem.
Guests are welcome to meet three of our Education Animals that are on public display outside the Wildlife Care Center. Currently, our observation windows into the center are unavailable, as the center undergoes a much-needed remodel. However, they will be back and better than ever once the remodel is complete.