California Wildlife Center to Host Virtual Fundraising Auction, Event


By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

The California Wildlife Center, which saves sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in Pacific Palisades, is hosting a virtual fundraiser starting April 11 at 8 a.m.

Each year, the Malibu-based Wildlife Center treats more than 4,000 animals, and funds raised through the Feathers, Fins and Furs auction and event will continue its work.

“CWC is committed to keeping native wildlife in the wild by rehabilitating the animals as quickly as possible and releasing them to their home territory,” according to a statement. “However, animals treated with CWC do not have health insurance. Donations, sponsorships and the annual feather, fin and fur auctions provide a large portion of the funding that keeps the doors of the CWC open 365 days a year.

The center receives around 30,000 calls for service per year from affected members of the public, according to information shared before the event, including a call several months ago that was “different because the animal’s injuries were so serious “.

“The patient was a great horned owl with burns, possibly caused by a torch from industrial gas development,” CWC explained. “His wing and tail feathers, which are vital for flight, had been almost all burned.”

A CWC vet performed several procedures to replace his damaged feathers with whole feathers from a donor owl. The patient was released this month into the wild.

“The beauty and resources of the area are what attracts people to Southern California,” the center continued. “They are also what increases human contact with wildlife, which frequently causes damage to animals. Whether a person accidentally knocks over a bird’s nest or a garbage is ingested by a sea lion, human encroachment in Southern California is having a deleterious effect on its wildlife.

Those interested in supporting CWC are invited to preview silent auction items until April 10. The auction will run from April 11 at 8 a.m. to April 17 at 5 p.m.

Auction items include art, clothing and accessories, experiments, fitness, food and wine, health and beauty, home and garden, jewelry, pet gifts , travel and more, ”explained CWC.

One item highlighted in the auction, which is sponsored by John Paul Mitchell Systems, Quigley-Simpson and Common Good Advisors, is a signed guitar by Slash.

On April 17 between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., the CWC will host a free live event, featuring an insider’s look at the centre’s patients, music from local musicians, celebrity tours and more, according to the website of the center. No ticket is necessary.

“We will open the doors of the figurative to show you what we do, how we do it and how your support makes it all possible,” the website continues.

For more information, including an overview of the items being auctioned, visit

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