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Due to the extremely high number of patients in our care this summer, our newsletter will be a little bit different for the next few months. Although the staff will not have time to write full articles, we still want to show you what is going on at SCWR, so we will be including some photographs of patients and other happenings at the center. We hope that you enjoy these behind-the-scenes images. The newsletter with full articles should be back in the fall. 




We need docents for our Saturday Tours! If you would like to be a part of our docent program, please call our office at (707) 992-0274

Want to volunteer? We will be having a Volunteer Orientation on Saturday, August 10 from 10-12 and our Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation class on Saturday, August 17 from 10-12. Click here for more information on our volunteer program.



Animal Emergency Hotline:


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: Saturdays at noon and 2pm
Wildlife Exclusion Service:   Need help with humane evictions?



For my message this month I would like to share an article written by Kaylon Cobern of the Community Voice. This wonderful and much needed article that he wrote about Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue perfectly portrays our current situation and our need for help. Please click here to read the story. If you know of anyone who can help or have any ideas of your own, please contact me directly at 707-486-0226.



Gratefully Yours,

Doris  & The Team 
Doris Duncan, Executive Director

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

Photo Taken By Joshua Asel
Red-Tailed Hawk #1061
You may remember red-tailed hawk #1061, who was featured in our January newsletter. It was rescued in December of 2012 after presumably being hit by a car. The hawk had a broken leg, but was so severely emaciated that it had to have a blood transfusion before the break could be pinned. It also had leather jesses on its feet, meaning that it had escaped from a falconer. After 8 months of rehabilitation, the bird was finally strong enough for release, and was brought back to the open field where it was found. 
Hopping Fox Syndrome

Gray Fox #702 was brought to us because he has hopping fox syndrome. This causes the animal to hop on its back legs like a rabbit, therefore often making it unable to keep up and compete with other foxes. We are working with UC Davis, California Fish and Wildlife, and other facilities across the state to try and figure out what causes this and how to cure it. We video our 'hoppers' twice a week to monitor their progress. This photo was taken just before he was put on the ground so that staff could watch how he walked and ran.

Bald Eagle #652

This juvenile bald eagle was transferred from the Humboldt Wildlife Rescue on the fourth of July so that it could be put into our 100 ft. flight aviary. It can take up to 5 years for bald eagles to get their white head and tail feathers, so this young bird is still all brown. The eagle is now in our largest aviary eating fish and practicing its flight until it is old enough for release. Please click here if you want to donate for its care, and leave a note that it is for bald eagle #652.


Barn Owl Re-Nesting
As we get further into summer, we are starting to see birds fledge. These youngsters will start venturing out from their nests, but cannot yet fly, so we have a lot of them showing up at our door with concerned Good Samaritans. After a day or two of rehydration and food, these birds can often be put back into their nests or boxes with their families. Our staff and volunteers scale barns and climb ladders and have had a lot of success re-nesting this season. This particular young owl was showing off its displays of aggression to the photographer, raising its wings and moving its head back and forth.
Meet Abby!
We would like to officially introduce Abby, our newest education ambassador. Abby is a gray fox who came to us as a young kit when she was found alone in someone's yard. It became apparent over time that Abby had some neurological ailments and would not be able to compete with other foxes in the wild, and therefor could not be released. You can see Abby on one of our Saturday tours. To find out more about our tours, please visit our website.