Our Mission: “Promoting compassion, empathy and respect for all life through wildlife rehabilitation, ecological teachings, and non-lethal, non-invasive wildlife research.“
The Wildlife Center of the North Coast (WCNC) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Astoria, Oregon. We rescue and rehabilitate injured, sick, orphaned and displaced native wildlife with the goal of releasing healthy, strong creatures back into their appropriate habitat. We operate under permits issued by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Our licensed rehabber is Executive Director Joshua Saranpaa.
The WCNC is the only wildlife care hospital on the Central and North Oregon coast. We serve communities from as far south as Newport, OR all the way up to the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington. Our center specializes in seabird rehabilitation, but provides professional medical care for all native wild birds and mammals needing our help.
We receive an average of 2,000 patients annually. A variety of seabirds, raptors, ducks, songbirds and mammals come through our doors every year, each in need of some kind of care. Whether injured, sick, starving or orphaned, we work hard to take care of their every need, get them healthy, and released back into the wild where they belong.
We have a small, dedicated staff and depend on our amazing volunteer team and generous friends like you to continue the life-saving work we love. WCNC relies on public donations and grants to fund our daily operations.
Remembering Our Founder, Sharnelle Fee
Sharnelle Fee founded the wildlife center in 1997 and moved from Portland to the coast, where she set up shop to specialize in seabird rehabilitation. She had an incredible passion for helping animals, for conservation, and education; and was a champion for wildlife in need.
Through her tireless dedication, boundless energy, and help from an amazing group of volunteers, what started in Sharnelle’s small mobile home trailer nearly 20 years ago has grown into a fully functional wildlife hospital including nineteen outdoor enclosures and a variety of pre-release pools.
Sharnelle passed away in September of 2015. She will always be missed, but the legacy she left behind lives on in our hearts and in everything we do.