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What We Do

Native Animal Rescue (NAR) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife. We are a community of expert rehabilitators trained to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate, and release wild animals back to the wild in accordance with California Department of Fish and Wildlife standards.

Anyone who finds a distressed animal in Santa Cruz County can bring the animal to us at 1855 17th Ave., Santa Cruz, where we are open 24/7.

We give care and rescue instructions on this website, enabling the caller to safely handle and transport the animal to our facility where trained staff and volunteers examine it, give first aid, and determine its further needs. We work closely with veterinarians and wildlife management professionals to medically treat and rehabilitate orphaned, injured, sick, and oiled wildlife. The animal is then cared for until it can be released back into the wild.

We work to increase human understanding and respect for wildlife and their habitats. We also keep exact records on each animal to help wildlife management professionals better understand local migration, breeding and habitat needs.


Native Animal Rescue       1855 17th Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062

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