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The Nan Pipestem Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is looking for a new site to house our facility.

We would like to thank Granite Rock for providing our facility since 1991, and to thank all of you for your support to help maintain that facility, but, in a recent and sudden turn of events, the site of our facility has been sold. We now find ourselves preparing for an unexpected move. This is the second time a relocation of this nature has occurred since our incorporation in 1980 and due to the magnitude of the task we need to find a permanent home.

The Wildlife Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has been providing medical care to the sick, injured and orphaned wildlife of San Benito County for over thirty-two years. Those three plus decades have been funded only through fundraisers and private donations, or to put it plainly, we exist only because of the kindness of our community and volunteers. We have been proud to serve our community and glad to help in the ways we are able; to provide animal care, wildlife conflict tips and advice, and offer wildlife information in general when the opportunity arises.

We are looking for a parcel between five and ten acres to meet our habitat space requirements. The main regulation we have to be mindful of is that our animal enclosures must be a distance of 100ft from where domestic animals have access. Ideally the site should include a dwelling for animal security purposes and because this vocation doesn’t keep regular 9am-5pm workdays. A barn is an especially significant source of utility to our cause. Outbuildings for our office and diet prep area would be beneficial, but if not available, we can build.

At this moment in time we are no longer able to accept new patients and the clock is ticking down to our imminent departure from our current location. Each animal that needs our care is being transferred outside of our county so its needs can be met. Our gratitude to the dedicated hands they are being received by is immeasurable, but not all wildlife can be transferred across county lines due to regulations.

We have a place in our county’s history because the community values the magnificence of the wildlife in this breathtaking place we are all lucky enough to steward. We believe it’s not just the beauty of the land that inspires our citizens to love it here, but the majesty of the creatures we meet upon it. It has been the work of many people together that has seen our cause through the decades. We are hopeful together we can ensure that the tradition of caring for our wild neighbors endures for future generations.

If you have property that you would like to donate or would like to make a contribution to our fund to purchase a suitable property, please contact the center at 831-628-3400 or by e-mail to [email protected].

A temporary fund has been established with the Community Foundation for San Benito County. If you would like to make a donation, make your check payable to the “Wildlife Center Relocation Fund” and mail to Community Foundation for San Benito County, 829 San Benito St., Suite 200, Hollister, CA 95023.