Now's Your Chance to Really Go Wild

Wildlife rescue group training new volunteers

By Jessica Greene
|  Monday, Apr 26, 2010  |  Updated 2:30 PM PDT
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Wildlife Ambulance to the Rescue

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One of the new tools in WildRescue's mission is the Wildlife Ambulance. They introduced the vehicle last week and have already used it on a few of the rescues.

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Sure, you might say you work with a bunch of wild animals but now's your chance to live up to that cliche.

WildRescue is looking to build on its team of trained volunteers to help with their mission of saving sick, injured or orphaned animals. The nonprofit group is based in Moss Landing but answers calls to help rescue wildlife as far away as Oregon and Los Angeles.

The spring season is one of the busiest for WildRescue, group director Rebecca Dmytryk said. She and her husband, Duane Titus, have alreday responded to several calls since the begining of the season for everything from helping free a stuck skunk to rebuilding a nest for a family of barn owls left homeless when a landscaper cut down the tree where they made their home.

The group has eight volunteers working with them now but that's just scratching the surface.

"There just are not enough rescuers available to handle all the calls." Dmytryk said. "To do right by the animals and the people who find them, we need to have more people to help, even if its to help transport a poor animal to a wildlife facility."

The day they announced the training sessions, the group got a call from a motorhome owner who found an opossum in the vehicle's motor.

"We need to train folks to do what we do," Dmytryk said via an email, "to be available to go on calls like this."

One of the new tools in WildRescue's mission is the Wildlife Ambulance. They introduced the vehicle last week and have already used it on a few of the rescues.

Classes for volunteers start May 29. Anyone interested will need to fill out an application. So far, the training is only offered in Moss Landing but there Dmytryk says they hope to offer training sessions in Santa Cruz and San Jose as well.

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