Who We Are
All God's Creatures is a California Department Of Fish and Game Licensed Rehabilitation facility. We are currently self funded, which means everything comes from our own pocket. We receive no compensation other than the sheer joy of giving back to our environment. The petting zoo and educational program animals help pay for the care of the rescue animals. It takes an enormous amount of time and money to rehabilitate wild animals. Transportation costs, caging, food, medical treatment via ourselves or a vet, medicines and medical supplies& special diets are all paid for by us. Time-wise it means no vacations or more than 12 hours away from home, ever. We have chosen to use our God given gifts and desires to change the lives of animals and people. It is not our job but our lifestyle. Our goal is to conserve and protect our native wildlife and to rehabilitate and release them to their natural environment. We provide educational services and promote awareness of California's amazing creatures. Wild animals are just that, "wild" Please do not interfere and try to make them pets. They as well as you will suffer in the long run. If you find injured or orphaned wildlife, please contact us or a licensed rehabber. When people take in stray wildlife, they disrupt the natural course of things, "That is why it's a misdemeanor in the state of California to possess animals you are not supposed to possess. When people look at wildlife in the wild they often comment about how beautiful they are. That beauty is lost when you are looking at them through a cage.
Who We Aren't
We, All God's Creatures, are not an animal control agency. We do not rescue domesticated animals nor do we remove wild animals from private or public property unless danger of death or injury is involved. We get many calls from concern citizens about wildlife (primarily raccoons and opossums) frequenting their backyards and requesting we remove them. This is not legal nor is it ethical. If you have chosen to live in their natural habitat, you can learn to co-exist comfortably with them, just as they have with you. You might want to consider it something of a treat if you ever do get a glimpse of one in your yard as they are usually quite efficient at not being see. Keep in mind, to them you represent a certain death. The fear of you makes them just what they are "wild"
What to do if you find injured or orphaned wildlife
Above all, please make sure it is orphaned. “Orphaned” wildlife, such as young rabbits or birds, may not be orphans at all, and human help may be the last thing they need. Wild animals seldom abandon their offspring. Don’t assume that because a young animal is left unattended that it is an orphan.
The most common misconception is that a mother will reject a baby if the baby is handled by a human. This is not true. However, mothers will not return if humans or pets are around. A baby animal's best hope for survival is its mother.
Many species of animals are raised by one adult that may temporarily leave its offspring in search of the next meal. Wildlife parents are devoted to the care of their young and rarely abandon them (abandonment is usually a result of injury or death). Since they cannot be in two places at once, the young may be left alone several times a day.
Please visit www.ccwr.org for a list of rehabilitators in your area. After consulting a wildlife rehabilitator, keep the animals in a warm dark area until they are placed with a permitted wildlife rehabilitator. Avoid handling the animals –this is for your benefit as well as theirs. The animal may carry parasites or diseases that could harm you. Handling by humans stresses the animal which may cause it to act defensively resulting in a kick, bite or scratch for you. It may also cause a mental and physical overload for the animal contributing to its death.
You have found a baby bird on the ground, what do you do?
If the bird is un-injured and has some feathers, put it in the nearest tree.
The parents have no sense of smell and will not know it's been touched. If it can't perch and has fallen out of the nest, put it back up into the tree in a basket or shoebox lined with shredded tissue. Parents WILL come and feed it after people leave.
Yes, birds will feed their babies after you have touched them. They will even be foster parents for a strange baby the same age as their own ( Birds have a poor sense of smell)
Birds will care for their babies returned after 24 hours!
Parent birds have their own territories. Even if the nest and babies are gone, the parents remain in the home territory, waiting to welcome the return of their young.
Please do not be a bird-napper!
Baby birds only need to be rescued if they are
Injured, ice cold , naked or both parents dead. Watch closely for 90 minutes as parents fly in and out quickly. Most birds teach their offspring to fly after they have fallen out of the nest. The babies hide in bushes slowly learning to fly higher each day. Please do not think because a baby is on the ground you should retrieve it. You are interfering with the natural process of the bird and should let it learn from it's parents, they have probably done it more often than you.
What to do about wildlife in your backyard
If you are experiencing problems with wildlife in your backyard, chances are they are there for a reason. Are you leaving your pet food out at night offering them the chance to easily partake in the tasty dish prepared for your pet? Keep in mind, wild animals are in a constant state of starvation mode. Their only desire in life is too find food, shelter and if lucky, breed. When you leave pet food out or your lids off of your trash cans you are encouraging them to frequent your Home Town Buffet. A fact most of us do not realize is animals, just as us, have a home. What we define as a home is usually in the dimensions of a building. What an animal defines as a home is a well defined territory. Imagine someone coming into your home, picking you up and relocating you to someone else's home in Kansas. First of all the current residents, if they didn't hurt or kill you would have you removed. The same holds true with wildlife. The chances of this family, whose home you have just invaded, of taking you in and making you a part of their family, is about as slim as you or I taking a wild animal out of it's home and placing it in another and having it accepted in another family unit. It is dangerous to both us and animals when we relate to them in human terms.
For more information in keeping wildlife out of your yard, please visit the USDA website for tips in doing so by clicking on the following link: