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WildCare's Wishlist


As a nonprofit organization with more than 4,000 hungry mouths to feed each year, WildCare is always in need of donations. The following items are things we especially need during the busy months of spring and summer. Check back to this page as the seasons change to see our updated Wishlist!

These are our currently most-needed items:


Heating Pads and SnuggleSafes®
Some babies are not raised at WildCare, but by specially trained Foster Care Volunteers, who make it possible to care for hundreds of babies at a time. This means we require more supplies, such as heating pads, at various locations. We also attempt to reunite babies with their wild mothers before declaring them truly "orphaned".
Snuggle Safes® are microwaveable heat disks that stay warm for hours, allowing us to safely leave a nest of babies outside awaiting mom during an attempt to reunite them.

Heating Pads must NOT have auto shut off and must have low/med/high settings.


Animal Intensive Care Unit (AICU) Incubators
A heating pad is a sufficient supplemental heat source for most babies in our care. However, there are many babies and even severely injured or emaciated adults for which a simple heating pad is not enough. For these delicate critical care patients, an incubator is required for them to stay alive. These incubators can be ordered at Hot Spot for Birds (they pay shipping!).

We need both the small AICU #912-000 and the large AICU #912-004 Electric Series incubators. Both models are 120V & 215 Watts.


Digital Gram Scales
For our patients whose entire body weight is only a few grams, daily monitoring of weight gain and loss is critical to their survival. Sometimes a gram or two can be the difference between life or death. Postal scales are a valuable piece of equipment in WildCare’s hospital and for the patients off-site with Foster Care Volunteers.

Scales must weigh in grams with accuracy within a 0.5 - 2 range.


Live Potted Trees and Large Bushes
Before they can be released into the wild, our hand-raised baby wild animals need time in our large outdoor aviaries and cages to learn how to forage, climb, fly, and perch on moving branches. The adult wildlife needs natural surroundings as well, to feel more secure during recovery. Help us change our cement and wire enclosures into a lush, comforting, natural transition area for our patients.

Native trees preferred but not necessary.

Plants must be shade-tolerant.


Bird Baths and Hanging Birdfeeders
Along with teaching our hand-raised baby songbirds to recognize natural foods, we also want to teach them to recognize every food and water source that will be available to them. Hundreds of birds of all species recover in our 10 songbird aviaries annually so we need a wide variety of feeders types they may encounter in their wild life.

Hanging feeders of all sizes for all seeds, suet, etc. will be utilized.


Mealworms, Earthworms, Crickets
Do you know what the hospital’s largest expense is? Food! Mealworms alone can cost over 9,000 annually to feed every patient from birds to raccoons. It is a challenge in a captive rehab setting to match the protein needs and natural type food sources that our patients require. Can you bring earthworms from a non-chemical compost, garden or bait shop? Or, how about a gift certificate from our supplier:

Sunshine Mealworms http://www.sunshinemealworms.com/ or 1-800-322-1100.


Food Items Needed

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Corn on the cob & broccoli
  • Assorted berries
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Regular fruit-flavored yogurt
  • Paper towels
  • Cash donations & gift certificates
  • Trader Joe's or Adam's All Natural Creamy Peanut Butter (NO sugar or artificial sweeteners. Only these brands can be given to our animals.) 
  • Wheat germ
  • Eukanuba Kitten Chow
  • Wheat germ & Cornmeal
  • Fresh fruit (esp. all berries, grapes, apples)
  • Fresh veggies (esp. broccoli, corn on the cob, romaine lettuce)
  • Nuts in the shell (esp. almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, pecans)
  • Birdseed (esp. mixed seed, thistle, hulled sunflower seed)
  • Natural foods (esp. acorns, persimmons)
If you have an item you think may be of use to us, but is not on this list, please give us a call! 415-456-7283.

Non-Food Items Needed:

  • Paper towels & Tissue paper
  • Pet bowls of all sizes
  • Cut branches with leaves
  • Logs (rotting and/or fresh cut)
  • Hay, orchard grass, timothy
  • Office supplies
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Cash
  • Volunteers
  • Veterinary & medical supplies
    • Donations of veterinary supplies are accepted Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4pm - 6pm.
      Due to the lack of storage space at WildCare, we may not be able to take all donated veterinary items. If possible, please call ahead to reserve time with Nat Smith, RVT at 415-456-7283.

Services Needed:

  • Cage building/construction
  • Fund raising
  • Any other special services