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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





SCWR Produce Stand

We have giant sunflower starts for sale! We're asking for a dollar per sunflower, and the sunflowers are supposed to grow 12 feet tall! Visit our Saturday tour produce stand to pick up some sun for your garden. 


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 Dear Wildlife Supporters,


It has been quite a lively month here at Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue and not JUST with orphaned babies streaming in the front door. As many of you may have heard, we were honored to have Angel Van Lawick (granddaughter to famous scientist and primatologist, Dr. Jane Goodall) spend a week at our Center.




I was the lucky one who got to host Angel in my home with my 13 year old daughter, Natalie. When I first found out she was coming, I could hardly believe it, as her grandmother is one of my most treasured heroes. When I learned she was only 19 and had just graduated from high school, my motherly instincts quickly surfaced and I decided to keep the hoopla of a "celebrity category person" to a minimum until I got to know her. When I went to the airport to pick her up, I immediately noticed she was a very sweet and shy person.


 We wanted to be able to offer Angel a memorable experience by submerging her in a wildlife rehabilitator's professional life. That way she would get a real sense of what our work is really like without any distractions. It was also her first time in "The States."  Normally, a new person with no experience or minimal wildlife handling experience would go through a lengthy period of classes and closely supervised 'handling" time with an appropriate staff member. In this very special case, knowing we were very limited on time and respectful of her grandmother's selection of SCWR to introduce her granddaughter to wildlife rehabilitation, we made an exception.  We brought Angel into our wildlife hospital and were able to share an in-depth experience that we hope she will carry with her while continuing her family's work with wildlife conservation.


We would like to thank Chris Smith from the Press Democrat and Tom Furrer, former Casa Grande High School teacher who started the fish hatchery with his students. These two people were instrumental in carrying the message of Angel's visit with us to all of our fellow community members in Sonoma County. Please click the link below for more details.


Press Democrat Article


Lastly, we were honored to be chosen by Subaru to do a commercial using the work and location of Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue as a theme for "A Lifestyle of a Subaru Owner." See details below.


I would not want to end my message without a grateful thank you to all of you who have contributed to our Spring Season Plea for help. We are remodeling our hospital and still really need your support. If you have any construction experience, please call me ASAP at 707-486-0226 so I can get you started on our hospital remodel project. You will be sure to see all those orphaned babies up close and personal. If you do not have the time or experience to help  us,  please consider donating to this valuable cause if you have not already done so in response to our Spring Season Plea for help.

Sincerely yours,


Doris Duncan, Executive Director 

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


SCWR Stars


SCWR got a taste of Hollywood this month when Subaru came to use our facility for an online lifestyles article. With Michael, our Exclusion Director, and Doris, our Executive Director, as the stars, they filmed a bit of the daily workings of the wildlife center with Subarus in the background. Highlights included a brand new Subaru carrying a bale of straw on the roof, a studio motor home, seeing Doris chased by a lady with a satchel of make-up,the release of a healed turkey vulture into the sunset, and watching a camera drone fly over the cows of Petaluma. We thank Subaru for their generous $3,000 donation and cooperation with us. While a bit of glam and glitz was very exciting, we're all glad to be back to the perfectly ordinary chaos of baby season.   


Bye Bye Beavers!

After 8 months in care, our beavers were finally released on Saturday, May 10th. They will now be living out their days in a sprawling meadow in their own privately owned pond. As we drove up the driveway we could see we were in beaver heaven. There were multiple ponds connected by streams, all stuffed to the brim with cat tails and willows, in a remote, peaceful location.

When we released the beavers,  they both headed for the water in opposite directions. The smaller of the two headed for open water for some swimming fun, the older beaver stood in the shallow water and started pulling up cattails and eating the roots. After a while they both disappeared into the thick cattails.

The owners of the property report they have not seen the beavers themselves, but have seen signs of them starting to make channels and clear cattails. Good luck beavers!


Junior Volunteers


As we look to spring as the season of youth, growth, and renewal, I'd like to turn our attention toward some of our younger volunteers. Even though they can't work directly with the animals, they support us in many important ways. 

Four students from Live Oak Charter School, Mary, Jasper, Esme, and Zane, have been volunteering their time to SCWR. Esme raised money for the animals by playing violin outside a bookshop. The other three enthusiastically helped us out here, in everything from digging holes to licking envelopes.  

In addition, several local Girl Scout Troops have generously donated money or supplies they earned through selling Girl Scout Cookies. Thank you Junior Volunteers for your help and support! You are our future!

Roots and Shoots

As some of you may know, Jane Goodall has started a program called Roots and Shoots, to support youth who want to make a change in their communities to help the local environment. When we asked Angel what we could do to make a Roots and Shoots group happen here at SCWR, she said we were already doing what was necessary. We've applied online to be registered as a Roots and Shoots group and hope this will provide new opportunities for our young volunteers. To learn more about Roots and Shoots, visit their website. Link below.