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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the West Sound Wildlife Shelter
If you have an injured, sick or orphaned animal call 206-855-9057 (please do not send an email.)
Hours: 9 am - 5 pm, 7 days a week excluding Thanksging, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
For after-hour emergencies, contact the highway patrol to find a state wildlife agent or call your local police department.
For w ildlife services, or if you have wildlife natural history or identification questions, contact 206-855-9057 during business hours.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Specialist
Lynne Weber was born in Iowa, but then moved to Wisconsin, where she married her high school sweetheart. Lynne's animal care career started in the eighties as a licensed horse groomer in Illinois. She now has over 20 years experience in professional animal care, including horses, dogs, and cats, and other various critters. Lynne began volunteering at WSWS in 2007 and was hired on temporarily during the 2008 baby season in addition to serving as the Monday Shift Supervisor. She started working full time at the Shelter in 2008. A lifelong wildlife lover, Lynne has also volunteers with Stand Up For Kids, a national organization supporting at risk and homeless youth, as well as being a member of the Red Cross and Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management.
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. Sarah is also a handler for the shelter’s Education Program. 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.
Education Program Coordinator
Kathleen White started as a volunteer with West Sound Wildlife Shelter in 2008, began working with the education program in 2012, and stepped in as coordinator in 2014 to help focus its delivery and outreach. She has a lifelong passion for wildlife and the environment, and a varied and long commitment to education, starting with teaching horsemanship as a teenager, continuing through over thirty years of instruction at the college and public school levels. She is tremendously grateful for the opportunity to help the shelter broaden wildlife appreciation and awareness to all of our regional community.
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.
Gayle Seyl, CFE, AHFI, was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and moved to Bainbridge Island in 1976. Gayle is an Accredited Healthcare Fraud Investigator and Certified Fraud Examiner with over 15 years’ experience in fraud prevention, detection and mitigation. In her many years in the healthcare field, she has managed Health Care Payer Special Investigation and Subrogation units and directed facility based health care system Corporate Integrity Programs. She has also served as the Medicare Part A Fair Hearing Officer for Region X. In these positions, she analyzed claims data, performed health care revenue cycle audits, assessed regulatory compliance and provided litigations support and designed and monitored Corporate Integrity Agreements. She has resolved many billing related disputes using her knowledge of the intricacies and details of revenue cycles and reimbursement methodologies. She also serves as an expert witness on Health Care Revenue
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.
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.
Mike Fisher Bio coming soon
Alexandra Jackson, originally from Bainbridge Island, is the owner of Bainbridge Island Riding School and has a great passion for animals, community, and the Pacific Northwest. Having earned her MBA from Mount St. Mary’s College, Alexandra returned to Bainbridge to create her own life in the area she loves the most. She currently serves as an Executive Director for CANTER WA (Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses), was recently awarded Provisional Member of the Year from the Seattle Junior League, and actively volunteers with animal rescues in the greater Seattle area. Alexandra’s love for animals drives her great appreciation for the work and passion of the non-profit sector.