West Sound Wildlife Shelter Mission Statement The West Sound Wildlife Shelter provides injured, orphaned, and sick wild animals 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 Rehabilitation Specialist/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.
Shannen Cartmel, Receptionist
Laura Voegtlin-Terry, Receptionist
Board of Directors
President 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.
Vice President Elizabeth Wardworked 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.
Treasurer 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 Cycle issues.
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.