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.)
April-Aug Hours: Admissions 8am-7:30pm; Messages checked 8 am - 9 pm Sept-March Hours: Admission hours 9am-5pm; Messages checked 8 am - 6 pm
For after-hour emergencies, contact the highway patrol to find a state wildlife agent or call your local police department.
For Wildlife 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 Phone:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
WSWS Hospital Manager/Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator/
Licensed Veterinary Technician Brandy Stier has, from her earliest memories, always been interested in animals and their care. In pursuit of this interest she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a Zoology emphasis from Western Washington University in 1999. In 2008 she worked her first baby season as a seasonal rehabilitation technician position at Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Colorado. She went on to obtain her Associates of Applied Veterinary Technology to further increase her skills and usefulness. In April of 2013 Brandy was hired as a Seasonal Specialist and was brought on as a Wildlife Rehabilitation Specialist full-time in
September 2013. Her outside of work hobbies include cooking, reading, hiking,
and continuing education classes (learning is totally a hobby!).
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 17 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 Rash 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
Laura Voegtlin started at the Shelter as a volunteer in 2014. When the Shelter needed a part-time receptionist Laura was eager to fill the role.
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.
Lynne Evans-Sleeper is a retired United Airlines 747 captain, with 32 years of service with the airline. The has always had a keen interest in animals, both wild and domesticated, and a deep interest in protecting the environment. She and her husband moved to Bainbridge Island in 1988, and had her first contact with the wildlife shelter soon after, when she found an injured young raccoon. While flying internationally, she was struck by the wide variation in quality of animal and habitat protection around the world. She decided to devote time in retirement to volunteering at the West Sound Wildlife Shelter to help injured wildlife, and also to assist in getting out the message about environmental and wildlife habitat protection; not just locally, but worldwide. She strongly feels education of the public, particularly young people, is essential to this mission. She began volunteering at the shelter 5 years ago, a year after she retired, and became a Board member 3 years after that.
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.
Wini Jones grew up in Calgary, Alberta, and began skiing at three. She raced and became a certified ski instructor. Skiing became her career. After obtaining degrees from the University of Montana. Wini studied design at Der Modeschule der Stadt Wien in Vienna, Austria. She taught skiing -- in French and German -- at Zermatt, Switzerland and Innsbruck, Austria, and spent a summer teaching swimming in Lausanne Switzerland. Bainbridge Island became her home in 1978. Wini spent 30 years at Roffe Skiwear in Seattle, as vice president for design and marketing. The factory produced 10,000 garments a month, and sold through 1,000 retailers across the United States. Wini established Roffe licensees in Canada, Australia and Japan. She won numerous national design awards and was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Ski Magazine honored her as Ski Magazine's Woman of the Year. After retiring in 1996, Wini served on the boards of multiple Bainbridge Island non profit organizations, Bainbridge Performing Arts, Bainbridge Island Historical Society, Bainbridge Island Economic Council, and Bainbridge Island Broadcasting. Wini was chosen Citizen of the Year in 2007 by the Kiwanis. In 2011 she chaired the campaign to create a Port of Bainbridge Island.