WILDLIFE RESCUE & REHABILITATION
OUR GOAL: RESCUE - REHABILITATE - RELEASE
Whenever wild animals have lost their homes to development, or are found injured or abandoned, SWCC is ready to respond. We provide our native wildlife with a safe place to recover and grow; a place where their wildness is nurtured and encouraged. Our doors are always open for them.
Our trained staff and volunteers are on call 24/7 to respond to any wild mammal emergency. Injured animals are carefully transported to our onsite clinic to receive care. Southwest Wildlife specializes in treating medium to large mammals. In some cases, we may refer you to another animal rescue that is a more suitable to the animal in need. Please view our resource list for additional wildlife animal rescues in Arizona. If you unsure - call us at our emergency line: 480-433-5656. We will connect you with the appropriate resource or confirm that we can accept the animal.
The rehabilitation process assures every animal has a quiet place to heal and begin its journey back to the wild - with minimal human contact. For some animals, this may be a few weeks of rest and recovery; others may require a longer stay to heal fully. We provide each animal an opportunity to return to the wild as safely and quickly as possible.
During the spring and summer months, SWCC is flooded with orphaned baby animals needing around-the-clock care and feeding. Sterilizing baby bottles, preparing specialized formulas and filling hungry bellies turns SWCC's clinic into a wildlife maternity ward.
Once weaned from the bottle and eating on their own, these orphans are moved to an outside area with releasable animals and 'foster parents' of their kind. There they will learn important lessons that will help them transition back to the wild.
When they 'graduate' from Southwest Wildlife, they begin a new chapter in their wild lives.
Release sites are carefully chosen to maximize the odds of successful reintroduction.
Over more than 25 years, SWCC has rehabilitated thousands of sick, injured, orphaned and displaced wild animals. More than 70 percent have been successfully released back into the wild.