Wildlife Care Association (WCA) is a non-profit, independent, volunteer based association in Sacramento that is permitted by the California Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to care for wildlife. Since its inception, Wildlife Care Association has been rescuing and rehabilitating wild animals that are dropped off by concerned citizens and public agencies. We currently receive more than six thousand animals each year. This work is entirely supported by local donations.

Concerned citizens and other agencies bring us over 6,000 sick, orphaned, and injured animals each year. With the help of volunteers, staff, and local vets, WCA provides medical services to these animals. Once the animals have recovered from their injuries or illness, or have grown and learned to hunt and fend for themselves, they are released into the wild, giving them a second chance at life.

At present, County and City Animal Care and Regulation, S.P.C.A., veterinary clinics, zoos, Department of Fish and Game, and many other state and county facilities are unable to care for confiscated, displaced injured or orphaned wildlife. Wildlife Care Association currently provides a necessary service to these agencies that acquire wildlife from the public, and will continue to do so.

In the early years some of the prominent naturalists in the Sacramento area, such as MB Goodier, Effie Yeaw, and William B. Pond, were very active and worked hard to establish the Wildlife Care Association as an important community service organization. It was incorporated on May 18, 1978. On September 10 1981, Wildlife Care Association became a Federal Exempt 501c(3) non-profit community service organization, although it had been in existence since 1975.

Wildlife Care Association is also a proud member of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association which celebrated their 25th Anniversary in March of 2007.

Mission Statement

Wildlife Care Association, Inc. is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of local wildlife. WCA is committed to educating and instructing the community in the respect, appreciation, and care of local wildlife. WCA is pledged to the management and preservation of wildlife habitat.

WCA Facility Staff

Anysia Avila

Anysia Avila is a Manager at Wildlife Care Association. She was born and raised in North County San Diego. Growing up surrounded by animals fueled her passion and dreams to work with them. Anysia is currently attending UC Davis in pursuit of her Bachelors of Science in Animal Biology. Before working with wildlife she gained experience working as a veterinary assistant and volunteering at local animal shelters. She became an intern at Wildlife Care Association in spring of 2013 and became staff later that year. Anysia is very passionate about the preservation of wildlife and feels that educating the public on harmoniously living with their wild neighbors is extremely important.  


Karina Snapp

Karina Snapp is a manager at Wildlife Care Association She grew up in Antioch, California before moving to attend University of California in Davis. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Biology.  Karina has an extensive background in animal care, including working in veterinary hospitals and volunteering at several Sacramento area animal shelters. She started as an intern at Wildlife Care Association in 2011, and became a staff member in 2013. Karina is grateful that Wildlife Care Association is here to help the public when they find injured or orphaned wildlife, and has a passion for educating the public on respecting and living with our wild neighbors.