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Office: 707-992-0274

Exclusion: 707-992-0276

403 Mecham Rd,

Petaluma, CA 94952

Mailing Address:
PO Box 448,
Cotati, CA 94931





Wildlife Tours:  *May-September at 12 and 2 pm*
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Jay working with an adult Brown Pelican


It is with great sadness that I share the news that one of our most beloved and respected wildlife pioneers, Jay Holcomb, passed away on June 10th of kidney cancer. Because of Jay, I have had some of the greatest wildlife experiences of a lifetime.  


I first met Jay in the summer of 2008 at International Bird Rescue Center, where he was Executive Director until his death. I had always heard wonderful things about him and, in fact, he was known in the wildlife rehabilitation world as a legend because of his vast experience as a professional wildlife rehabilitator and his ground-breaking techniques and leadership in the field of oiled wildlife care. I was hoping to be lucky enough to get a quick meeting with him, but we ended up talking for almost three hours! I felt like I had known him forever and there were so many things we could talk about pertaining to wildlife. We also discovered we were both at Marin Humane Society way back in 1972. He was 22 years old and starting his first job as an Animal Control Officer.  I was 12 years old starting my first volunteer job. I used to watch the Animal Control Officers leave in their vehicles in the morning and promised myself that someday I would be working with wildlife.


Jay is the man responsible for teaching my daughter, Danielle Mattos (our Animal Care Director) and I about oiled wildlife spill work. He gave us the opportunity to be part of rescue and care teams working oil spills all over the country. I can't think of anything that has been more rewarding. Rarely in life do you get the opportunity to meet another person who is such a magnificent role- model, and at the same time has impacted so many lives - humans and wildlife alike. He has helped countless other rehabilitators  learn valuable aspects of wildlife care and conservation. One of our own volunteers, Director of Native Songbird Care and Conservation, Veronica Bowers, shares a heartfelt moment with Jay in the picture below.  He helped Veronica band songbirds to monitor post-release success.



Jay and Veronica


Because of our love and appreciation for everything that wildlife pioneer Jay Holcomb has accomplished during his lifetime, we have named our Raptor Recovery Center in his honor so we will forever be reminded of this man's love for wildlife. International Bird Rescue Center has a saying:"Every Bird Matters" and Jay lived by those words and showed it through his actions. We feel the same way. Thank you Jay, for the everlasting impact you had on so many lives, including my own.


Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue's Raptor Recovery Center

Sincerely yours,


Doris Duncan, Executive Director 

Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue
Registered 501(c)(3) Non Profit.


Rat Trap Rumble


This lovely skunk is in our hospital because of a rat trap that broke its arm. We're unsure of the outcome as yet, but it is undergoing treatment and we're hopeful. We've had two other skunks with rat trap problems this month, and previously have had juvenile opossums caught in rat traps.  While no one wants rats in their house, there are ways you can minimize your use of traps and place them so as not to affect other wildlife. First, be sure to close open windows and doors at night to prevent rats from being able to enter your structure. Removing attractants such as pet food can also reduce the chances of getting a rat problem. If you do get a rat problem, don't place traps willy-nilly all over the floor. Place traps directly in the lines of travel- you may see dirty rub marks  or droppings. If they are running along a ledge or up the wall, you can also mount traps there.  This will minimize the chance of catching something other than rats. Skunks and opossums are great consumers of rodents, especially mice, so keeping them in the neighborhood and out of the hospital helps everyone!


Recovery Room

Over the past few months we have been transforming an office into our recovery room. The idea is that we would have a room where animals can recover in peace, separate from the active treatment room. That way we can keep the noise and activity associated with treatment away from animals who just need to recover. This expansion will also facilitate teaching in the hospital, as there will be a reduced risk of bothering animals when we are sharing information. We've gone from a carpeted office to a room ready to be floored. Several amazing volunteers built out the closet into a large animal holding room, and put a door between the current hospital and the future recovery room. The walls have been repainted and all that is left is new flooring. We're working hard to get a grant to cover our flooring costs. With luck, we'll have a functioning recovery room to show you soon!



Summer Interns


We're very excited to have eleven interns joining us for the summer. We already have them hard at work cleaning enclosures, feeding baby animals, and learning a lot. If you see a new face, introduce yourself, and help them out! They all have interesting academic and animal care backgrounds, so we're sure you'll be glad to get to know them. We are so grateful for their support during our busiest time of year.  Welcome Interns!