Marcelle Bakula, who has been volunteering since 2007, gave us a brief history of the or- ganization. Pacific Wildlife Care (PWC) was founded in 1986 in reaction to the Apex Hou- ston oil spill that brought a number of oiled pelicans to the beaches of San Luis Obispo County. Since that time we have grown from a small group of dedicated home rehabilita- tors into a successful non-profit organization with a well-equipped rehabilitation center, a full-time wildlife veterinarian, a small paid staff, and over 200 volunteers. In addition to the Rehabilitation Center, which is open every day of the year, we maintain a Hotline that the public can call to report distressed wildlife (injured, sick, orphaned) and to receive infor- mation about our local wildlife. PWC's mission is to support San Luis Obispo County wildlife through rehabilitation and educational outreach.

PWC has built onto their current location over the years but they have maxed out. So they recently purchased 10 acres of land where they hope to build a state of the art facility within the next 5-10 years to house the 2,000 to 3,000 animals they take in each year. They are currently looking for sources of funding to help reach that goal.

Kelly Vandenheuvel told us that 36 years ago she heard a call to help injured wildlife. She has been caring for injured and orphaned wildlife on her ranch as a volunteer for PWC ever since. Kelly introduced us to Alice, a grey horned owl that was injured as a baby.
Due to her injuries, she is unable to be returned to the wild so she lives on Kelly’s ranch and serves as a Wildlife Ambassador. While
Alice looks quite large, she actually only weighs 3 pounds due to the fact that her bones are hollow, allowing her to fly. One of the goals of the Wildlife Ambassador Program is to teach children that wild animals are not pets and should not be treated as such. She cautions against petting any wild animals. Alice did entertain us with a number of “Hoots” during the presentation. She was probably asking how she could become a Rotarian!