BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) Donate Volunteer Contact

Location and contact information
1020 Malloch Road
Victoria, B.C.
V9C 4G9
(250) 478-9453 (WILD)

Wild ARC Stats

Since August 1997, Wild ARC has treated over 35,000 wild animals! Human activity is generally a main reason that these wild patients need help, creating situations that have either caused trauma to the animal, or caused it to become orphaned.

Many of the animals we admit are severely injured after being hit by a vehicle, hitting a building or window, being attacked by a cat or dog or even a natural predator, or caught in a fence or netting. Many young animals are orphaned when their parents suffer from fatal trauma. Some animals are suffering from a disease, while others are covered in oil or a sticky substance.

In 30-40% of the cases, we are able to treat and release the animal back to the wild after a short or long period in care. Another third of the animals may die in care within hours or days of being admitted or before they even reach the centre. The remaining animals suffer from severe injuries, illness, or emaciation that they will never recover from to function in the wild again, and therefore they are provided with humane euthanasia - another form of release, in these cases from a very painful life. In a few rare cases, Wild ARC is able to locate breeding or educational programs for non-releasable wildlife.

We have seen increasing numbers of wildlife admitted to Wild ARC over the years, likely from a combination of more people becoming aware of Wild ARC, more wild animals being injured or orphaned with increasing human population in the region, and finally, more people being out in the wilderness interacting with wild animals. The spring and summer seasons are the busiest times of the year at the centre, with many baby animals needing both medical care for injures and supportive care when their parents have been killed.

Wild ARC annual intake 1998 to 2015

Wild ARC - One year overview


Wild ARC patients by species

The BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre provides care and rehabilitation to a wide variety of animal species. (* indicates feral or domestic species adopted out and not released into the wild)

Birds (147 species)

Alder Flycatcher
American Bittern
American Coot
American Goldfinch
American Kestral
American Robin
American White Pelican
American Wigeon
Ancient Murrelet
Anna's Hummingbird
Bald Eagle
Band-tailed Pigeon
Barn Owl
Barn Swallow
Barred Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Bewick's Wren
Black-headed Grosbeak
Black-legged Kittiwake
Black Swift
Black-winged Petrel
Blue Grouse
Bonaparte Gull
Brewer's Blackbird
Brown Creeper
Brown-headed Cowbird
Brown Pelican
Cackling Goose
California Gull
California Quail
Canada Goose
Canvasback Duck
Cassin's Aucklet
Cedar Waxwing
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Chipping Sparrow
Cliff Swallow
Common Goldeneye
Common Loon
Common Merganser
Common Murre
Common Nighthawk
Common Raven
Common Snipe
Common Yellowthroat
Coopers Hawk
Dark-eyed Junco
Double-crested Cormorant
Domestic Duck speices*
Downy Woodpecker
Eurasian Collared Dove
European Starling

Evening Grosbeak
Fancy Pigeon*
Fox Sparrow
Glaucous Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Golden Eagle
Great Blue Heron
Greater Scaup
Greater White-fronted Goose
Green Heron
Green-winged Teal
Hairy Woodpecker
Hermit Thrush
Herring Gull
Hooded Merganser
Horned Grebe
House Finch
House Sparrow
House Wren
Laysan's Albatross
Leach's Storm-Petrel
Least Sandpiper
Lesser Scaup
Lincoln's Sparrow
Long-eared Owl
Mew Gull
Mourning Dove
Mute Swan
Northern Flicker
Northern Fulmar
Northern Goshawk
Northern Pintail
Northern Pygmy-owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Northern Shoveler
Northwestern Crow
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Pacific Loon
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Pacific Wren
Pelagic Cormorant
Peregrine Falcon
Pied-billed Grebe
Pigeon Guillemot
Pileated Woodpecker
Pine Siskin

Purple Finch
Purple Martin
Racing Pigeon*
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Red Crossbill
Red-necked Phalerope
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-throated Loon
Red-winged Blackbird
Rhinoceros Auklet
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-necked Dove*
Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
Rock Dove
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruddy Duck
Ruffed Grouse
Rufous Hummingbird
Savannah Sparrow
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Short-eared Owl
Song Sparrow
Sooty Shearwater
Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Towhee
Steller's Jay
Surf Scoter
Swainson's Thrush
Thayer's Gull
Townsend's Warbler
Tree Swallow
Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan
Turkey Vulture
Varied Thrush
Vaux's Swift
Violet-green Swallow
Virginia Rail
Warbling Vireo
Western Meadowlark
Western Screech-Owl
Wilson's Snipe
Wilson's Warbler
Western Grebe
Western Gull
Western Tanager
Western Wood-Pewee
White-crowned Sparrow
Willow Flycatcher
Wood Duck
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow Warbler

Mammals (25 species)

Big Brown Bat
Black Bear
Black-tailed Deer
Black Rat
California Bat
Deer Mouse
Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
Eastern Grey Squirrel

Harbour Seal
Hoary Bat
House Mouse
Long-eared Bat
Little Brown Bat
Northern Elephant Seal

Red Squirrel
Northern River Otter
Silver-haired Bat
Townsend’s Big-eared Bat
Townsend's Vole
Yellow-bellied Marmot
Yuma Bat

Reptiles and Amphibians (8 species)

Common Garter Snake
Northern Alligator Lizard

Pacific Tree Frog
Red-eared Slider Turtle*

Rough-Skinned Newt


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