Pilar and Chuck Badhe’s love for animals goes beyond just pets
Pilar and Chuck Bahde’s support for San Diego Humane Society dates back 26 years. While the longtime Rancho Santa Fe residents’ philanthropy had primarily focused on companion animals, they wanted their legacy to include all animals in San Diego County. Their generosity helped SDHS expand its reach and bring to life both the Pilar & Chuck Bahde Center for Shelter Medicine and, most recently, the Pilar & Chuck Bahde Wildlife Center.
Chuck passed away before either was completed, but his commitment to animals lives on. His and Pilar’s Center for Shelter Medicine is the first of its kind in California, and in addition to treating domestic animals, it serves as a training ground for shelter veterinarians from all over the country. The Wildlife Center gave SDHS’s Project Wildlife program its first dedicated veterinary hospital for wild animals, a space that’s up to par with the incredible lifesaving work they do.
SDHS has been in operation for 139 years, but for most of that time its purview has been limited to companion animals. When SDHS and Project Wildlife merged in 2014, the resulting expansion of operations to care for all animals was monumental. The Bahdes’ investment helped make that dream a reality. Project Wildlife will now be able to assist roughly 12,000 injured and abandoned animals each year, which wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Bahdes and other generous donors.