5 Wild Animal Rescue Resources Helping Tacoma’s Critters

While most of us think first of The Humane Society when it comes to a lost pet, what’s someone in Tacoma to do when they find a more unusual critter in need of help?

It’s not everyday someone finds a baby opossum, squirrel, owl or injured hummingbird, but browsing through some of Tacoma’s community Facebook groups proves it’s not highly unusual either.

Depending on what part of Pierce County you’re in, there are a number of options to help residents in assisting our local wildlife.

Paws in Lynwood, WA

(425) 412-4040

Along with offering advice on what to do if you find a wild animal, Paws has trained staff members available by phone to help you determine if a critter you’ve come across needs help and what to do next.

Those curious about the types of animals they help can check out their patient of the week posts. Recent entries include a Harbor Seal that was attacked by a dog, a Spotted Towhee that tangled with a cat, and a Long-eared Owl that flew into a window.

A Soft Place To Land in Graham, WA

(360) 761-2915

This wildlife rehabilitation center opened in 2016, and also offers advice by phone. Facebook fans have been quick to praise A Soft Place to Land, sharing stories of how they helped with tiny squirrels, a wayward owl, and a deer that had been shot with an arrow.

For Heaven’s Sake in Olympia, WA

(360) 273-0550

Dedicated to rescuing, renewing and releasing injured or orphaned animals back to their natural habitats, For Heaven’s Sake serves Olympia and beyond.

Apparent fans of alliteration when it comes to naming, this organization features success stories about Doedie Doe Deer and Cody Coyote, while they continue to work with Barklee the Beaver.

Puget Sound WildCare in Kent, WA

(360) 886-8917

If you’re closer to Kent and come across a critter that is ill or has been injured or orphaned, Puget Sound WildCare is available to help. Along with helping a variety of animals they’re working on building a special nursery to help the near 100 raccoons that arrive at their facility each year.

Get more info about bringing in a critter on their Found An Animal? page.

West Sound Wildlife Shelter on Bainbridge Island, WA

(206) 855-9057

The goal of West Sound Wildlife Shelter is to help humans and animals live in harmony, which means providing both animal rehabilitation and education services.

In addition to offering advice on what to do if you find a baby animal, they have resources for dealing with raccoons and coyotes. Found out more about their education programs here, and in the video below.

Know of another great wildlife rescue resource in our area? Spread the word by leaving a comment below.

Images by Sierra Hartman

  1. The phone # For Heaven’s Sake has been disconnected & no longer in service. I also called information and there is no listing or current phone #. ** Can you please tell me how to reach these people A.S.A.P.”!! PLEASE!!

    1. They were closed by the state. They had multiple deer and baby deer that people should have left alone. A woman got her nose bent because state law states that a regular citizen can not be on the property and she wanted to come back and visit the animals. So she called the state to complain is how the state found out about the baby deer(fawns). So the state came and got them and then put them all to sleep because they had lost their fear of humans. This is all to the best of my memory, which some could be in question. lol I am calling them, or trying to, in a bit to hopefully see if they have opened again. I pray they have because they did a very wonderful job before. I used them a few times and are wonderful people.

  2. Puget Sound WildCare had their license revoked, the state is closing them down afters YEARS of neglect and abuse of animals brought to the facility.

    1. This is now 2021, not 2018. We are in court now. More has been revealed. Animal abuse is no longer a feature in the revocation case. The person who made these allegations has been removed from the case because the WADFW learned that she was creating situations to present to them were WAC violations that she staged. We have letters from people who saw her do that to the court. Yep, that is a fact in court. She asked the game warden if she could remove the date stamp times on the photos she brought as evidence and even the warden abandoned her case for alleged cruelty which was not supported by facts. The game warden testified in court about that. Puget Sound WildCare had metrics similar to all the other centers and had it not been for this person, this case would have gone nowhere. And now, three years out, there is no regional center in the South Sound for wildlife to be treated. It basically is a “hot mess” with private people trying to save animals on their own because there is no place that can take them in the spring and summer when the numbers are high. Raina, you need to get your facts straight. Animals die in large numbers daily because this happened. I am working hard to fix it but if you are a person with a wild animal you are in perilous straights now. You wrote this post the day after the revocation and that was in a time where the Dept. had not the knowledge that they do today. Your post was based on what? Rumors, hearsay? You never volunteered at the center. You have zero first hand knowledge. What could you have possibly known then when even the WDFW did not know at that date in time. There is a learning curve here. Animals continue to die every day and lots of them due to post yours. There is no new center popping up to replace us and we sit with two sites that have about 30 enclosures that could have helped wildlife over the last 3 years and now sit vacant. Why is that? What did you accomplish here in your “pile on”? The animals are dying even healthy babies at this time. The animals are in the hands of untrained people who are desperately trying to save them because every place they call now is saying no. We cannot take your animal, except for euthanasia, even if it is healthy. So what I say to you is, why is your post instructive to people who need help now and cannot get it?

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