West Sound Wildlife Shelter Mission Statement The West Sound Wildlife Shelter provides injured, orphaned, and sick wildlife a second chance at life and promotes the well-being of wildlife and their habitats through public outreach, education, and involvement.
Values Statement 1. All wildlife is worthy of respect.
2. Wildlife deserves compassionate, humane treatment.
3. The preservation of wild species and their habitats is of the utmost importance.
4. The people who volunteer their time and resources to help save and improve the lives of wild animals are essential to our success.
5. A supportive, respectful, and honest working environment for staff and volunteers leads to healthier outcomes for our patients.
6. A sound, scientific approach improves wildlife medical and rehabilitative treatments.
7. The public's trust in our animal care and resource management must be maintained and increased through regular acknowledgement and transparency.
8. Human behavior that is destructive to wild animals and natural habitats can be changed through education and outreach.
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If you have an injured, sick or orphaned animal call 206-855-9057 (please do not send an email.)
Hours: The Shelter is open 7 days a week all year around excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day.
In the spring, summer, and early fall the Shelter is open from 9 am - 5 pm.
In late fall and winter the Shelter is open from 9 am - 3 pm.
*** The date we change the closing time is dependent soley on patient load. The Shelter will publish the dates when we change closing times on our website.
For after-hour emergencies, contact the highway patrol to find a state wildlife agent, your local police department, or 911.
For w ildlife services, or if you have wildlife natural history or identification questions, contact 206-855-9057 during business hours.
For questions about, or to discuss the Shelter's administration, please contact Lisa Horn, Executive Director, at 206-855.9057 x201 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about special events, donations or fundraising, contact Cate McCaslin at 206-855-9057 x203 or by email at email@example.com.
For questions about scheduling an educational program with one of our live educational ambassadors, please contact the Shelter at 206-855-9057, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our facility is a wildlife hospital, and as required
by law, we are not open to the public. We cannot give tours
of our facility and we cannot let people see the animals that are
in our care. Please do not stop by without calling or emailing us
West Sound Wildlife
7501 NE Dolphin Drive
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
West Sound Wildlife Shelter is a proud participant in One Call for All, Bainbridge Island's unique "red envelope" campaign. Find out more about One Call for All at www.onecallforall.org.
Who We Are
We are a wild animal medical facility and are able to rescue, diagnose,
treat, and release injured and orphaned wildlife. Our important work
relies on the energy, dedication, and continued wisdom of volunteers,
participating veterinarians, staff, associate state licensed rehabilitators,
and board members.
To get involved with the West Sound Wildlife Shelter, we invite you
to visit our volunteer page to identify
activities that may appeal to you.
Lisa Horn is the Executive Director of West Sound Wildlife Shelter. She joined the shelter in December 2012 after 7 years as Director of Early Childhood Education for The Suquamish Tribe. Lisa holds a Masters degree in Education. Lisa is a lifelong advocate for animal welfare and conservancy and is mom not only to her daughter but also a number of dogs, cats, chickens and two horses, Wyatt Earp and Hunter. She is thrilled to be a part of the shelter and the incredible work being done to provide injured, orphaned, and sick wild animals a second chance at life. Contact Lisa at email@example.com.
Special Events and Development Coordinator
Cate McCaslin began volunteering for WSWS in May 2012 as a Wildlife Care Steward and joined the staff as the special events and development coordinator in August of 2013. Cate has a BA degree in Geography with emphasis in digital remote sensing, and went into marketing with a satellite imaging company, then moved onto marketing and event management with a large energy consulting company. With 18 years of experience in event management and markting, and being a life-long animal lover, Cate is excited to be putting her skills to work with an organization that advocates for animal welfare, rehabilitation and peaceful co-existance with wildlife.
Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitation Technician
Fawn grew up in rural western Washington, which has inspired her fascination with nature and wildlife. She started volunteering at the shelter in February 2013, and joined the Education Program in November 2013. In April 2016, she joined the staff as a Rehabilitation Technician. As a Certified Interpretative Guide (CIG) with the National Association of Interpretation, she is most passionate about interpreting the natural world and inspiring environmental conservation. Fawn received her BS in Environmental Science with an emphasis on Conservation Biology from the Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University. She holds a Masters of Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College, where she focused her studies on Ecology and Wildlife Conservation. Fawn is extremely excited to be a part of an organization that values wildlife welfare and promotes education.
Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitation Technician Sarah Vines comes to the Shelter as a graduate of University of Washington with a degree in Environmental Science and Resource Management with a focus on Wildlife Conservation. While in school, and after graduation, she completed several animal care internships at wildlife shelters and zoos. In November 2014 she started volunteering at West Sound Wildlife Shelter, and was then hired as a seasonal employee for the spring/summer 2015. In October 2015 she officially joined the staff. She is currently working on a degree in Veterinary Technology. She is happy to be working for an organization that puts so much work into not only the care of its patients, but also educating the general public.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Technician Jamie O'Brien has over six years of animal care experience, which includes working and interning with several aquariums, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and zoos. She has an Associate degree in Zoo and Aquarium Science with an emphasis on Zoo Science. After working as a marine mammal trainer in the Florida Keys for three years, she wanted to change her animal care focus to rehabilitating wild animals. She moved to Washington early in 2017 and started as a Seasonal Staff member. Jamie is excited to be a part of the West Sound Staff and furthering her knowledge on Pacific Northwest wildlife.
Board of Directors
President Michael Sebastian has lived on Bainbridge for 10 years. He and his wife had visited their son, who lived here, for the eleven years prior to their move. Mike is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from Santa Clara University and attended the Harvard Advanced Management Program. He is a retired Corporate Executive and has served on and chaired the Governance, Finance and Compensation & Management Development Committees of four NYSE Companies serving Energy, Defense and other industry-related markets. Living on Bainbridge's shoreline has increased his appreciation and respect for the wildlife of the area. This is his first experience serving on a nonprofit board.
Rob Frankland has lived on Bainbridge Island for nearly sixeen years. He started his technical communications career in the Boston area over thirty years ago. He has been an independent consultant for much of the past 20 years. He began his non-profit experience as a board member of the Bainbridge Island Youth Soccer board where he served as the equipment manager. He later joined the One Call for All board and served as board president. He next joined the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council board and served as board president. Rob's appreciation and enjoyment of wildlife began in New England, hiking in the White Mountains. The Northwest’s Olympic and Cascade mountains have provided that opportunity here. Living on Bainbridge Island, in a heavily forested area, has enabled Rob to see firsthand the diversity of wildlife on the island.
Treasurer Doug Burnsis the owner of DCB Consulting, LLC, a private consulting firm specializing in the biopharmaceutical industry, working with companies that concentrate in biotechnology, chemistry, and preclinical research. He has worked in these industries for the past 27 years, during which his last 13 years were at ICOS Corporation where he was Director—Engineering, Facilities, & Environmental Health and Safety. During his employment at ICOS, he was in charge of the design & construction of 5,000+ sq. ft. of Preclinical Space (vivarium space for animals), as as being in charge of approximately 500,000 sq. ft. of general office and laboratory space. Prior to ICOS, he was in charge of design & construction for a 100,000 sq. ft. cGMP production facility for the Immunex Corporation. Including his tenure on the West Sound Wildlife Shelter board, Mr. Burns has served a 2-year term as Board Chairman for the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (Seattle Chapter), and a 3-year term as Board Chairman for the Puget Sound Institutional Review Board.
Elizabeth Ward worked as a registered nurse and health care administrator for 32 years specializing in public health and community mental health. She worked in Utah, California, Alaska and Washington. She received her master's degree from the University of Washington and always hoped to be able to return here. She and her husband moved to Washington from Alaska in 1989. They lived in Olympia as she took the position in 1989 as the Assistant Secretary for Epidemiology, Health Statistics, and Public Health Laboratories for the Washington State Department of Health. Her years of work in public health created a strong interest for her in the study of the health care relationship that exists between animals and human beings. Her visit to the Fairbanks, Alaska public health laboratorys artic foxes (a study hoping to prevent rabies from moving across the border into the arctic) will remain one her most interesting memories of her years in Alaska. Elizabeth and her husband moved to Bainbridge Island in 2001 when they both took new jobs in Seattle. They believe this is their last and permanent home. Elizabeth has over the years been a board member of four different non-profit entities and was a CEO of a non-profit in Seattle prior to her current job as Chief of Inpatient Services at Navos.