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Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network
Helpline: (805) 681-1080
Phone: (510) 927-5055
Executive Director: Ariana Katovich


The Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and return to the wild sick, injured, orphaned, or oil-impaired wild birds, reptiles, and small mammals in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties and to educate the public about living in harmony with wildlife.

Caring for the Wildlife Around Us

“All of us are thinking about keeping each other safe during this pandemic. The wildlife among us need helping hands now as always. We are fortunate to have the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network. A local place to take injured or sick wildlife is so important. Several friends have discovered injured animals and have been grateful to have a place to provide loving care for our fellow creatures. As we care for each other, we need to be aware of the wildlife around us, and care for them as well. I am so proud of SBWCN and the continuing work that they do.”
– Tipper Gore

The Animal Hospital

The Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network plans to break ground on its state-of-the-art wild animal hospital in 2020, an event that Executive Director Ariana Katovich sees as the realization of a long-time dream for the organization. 

“We started from very humble beginnings,” Katovich says. “Volunteers caring for animals in their bathtubs and kitchens. We evolved from a robust network of home rehabbers to having our own property.” 

The next phase is an animal hospital that will ensure that the region’s diverse wildlife can thrive in the face of human encroachment into their habitat, and increasingly harmful effects of climate change. 

To get there, the network needs to raise $2.4 million to close out its $6 million capital campaign.

Board of Directors

Roland Bryan, President
Gretchen Lieff, Vice President
Kristen Scheff, Treasurer, CPA
Aaron Budgor
Mindy Denson
Rebecca Gaal
Tipper Gore
Kaitlin Lloyd
Connie Pearcy
Ann Smith

Honorary Directors

Bud Bottoms
Karen Bridgers
Joan Lentz
Russ Mish
Michi White
Joanne St. John

Advisory Board

John Baum
Penelope Bianchi
Jon Clark
Michael Edwards
Patti Jacquemain
Don Nulty
Jack Overall
Chris O’Connor