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Message from Doris
A Challenging Month

Dear Supporters,

Fall has come to Sonoma County, but reality doesn't always fall into place the way you anticipate. October was an unexpectedly challenging month for us here at Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue. The month began brightly, as we welcomed Mireille Gonzalez and Sara Belland as new Animal Care Assistants. In the second week, I and several staff members attended Oilapalooza, a professional training conference for organizations who are part of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network to prepare for the event of an oil spill and oiled wildlife care. Just as this conference was ending, the problem began. 

Staff and volunteers were breaking out in a mystery rash. To control the spread, we closed down the center, sending out our animals to our devoted foster care volunteers and maintaining a skeleton crew on site to care for our most debilitated patients. To determine the cause, we enlisted the help of our friends at Marin Sonoma Mosquito Vector Control. Scientist Angie Nakano came to our rescue. After swabbing and testing surfaces all over the center, inside and out, Angie found the cause: straw itch mites in our garage. We suspect they came in with donated food for the animals. The mites are microscopic, jump on, bite, and jump off, so luckily they remained in the garage. They are readily killed, and we do not expect future problems once we have completed the recommended sanitation procedures. 

While we have the garage gutted to sanitize every surface, we are taking the time to address several maintenance issues with the garage. It is critical to us that our volunteers have a safe, clean, and professional working environment so they can provide the best possible standard of care for the animals. While this infestation was a challenge, it has provided a good opportunity to improve our facility. 

Thank you for supporting us through times both exciting and difficult. Please keep your eyes out for our Year End Appeal, coming to your mailboxes with our thanks this November.

Sincerely yours,


Doris Duncan
Executive Director 

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

Bobcat Release

When we rescued this bobcat, she looked like a zombie. She  was missing almost all of her signature spotted coat, and was so emaciated that she weighed only six pounds. A healthy bobcat should weigh between 13 and 30 pounds. After treatment for mange, the bobcat still showed no improvement. That's when we turned to our Good Samaritan veterinarian and dermatology specialist Dr. Nicole Eckholm. She took biopsies and diagnosed the bobcat with a severe ringworm infection. After treatment, the bobcat was able to regrow her fur. She was released furry, fat, and healthy.

Last March, we received a Cooper's Hawk from the Peninsula Humane Society for long term care. The hawk had flown through a fire stack at a wastewater treatment plant and singed his feathers to the point where all that was left was quills. Typically we do not name our patients, but because this bird was in care for so long, he was named Quills. The only way for Quills to recover was to molt and regrow the destroyed feathers. Finally, Quills has completed his journey and was released back into the skies, hopefully to stay away from wastewater treatment plants in the future! Want to see him fly away? Click here!

Happy Holidays! Keep an eye on our website for 2016 Classes and Events.