What We Do

Native Animal Rescue (NAR) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured, sick, and orphaned wildlife in Santa Cruz County.

Rescue, Rehabilitate, Release

  • 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.
  • We receive and care for distressed wild animals brought to us by concerned citizens. Anyone who finds a distressed wild animal in Santa Cruz County can bring the animal to us at 1855 17th Ave., Santa Cruz, where we receive animals between 8 am and 8 pm.
  • We give care and rescue instructions on this website and at 831-462-0726 to help the caller 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 to medically treat and rehabilitate orphaned, injured, sick, and oiled wildlife. The animals are cared for until they can be safely released back into the wild.
  • We keep exact records on each animal to help wildlife management professionals understand local migration, breeding and habitat needs.

Protect and Educate

  • We work to increase human understanding and respect for wildlife and their habitats.
  • We work to educate our human neighbors on the benefits of coexisting with our wild neighbors, and we even tell you how to do it.


To Rescue or Not to Rescue, that is the Question

To Rescue or Not to Rescue, that is the Question

Spring and summer are when most wildlife give birth and when Native Animal Rescue receives hundreds of babies. But do these babies really need to be rescued? Because wildlife parents make much better parents to their offspring than humans, we want to make sure these...