About Us

ANIMAL RESCUE TEAM is licensed and permitted by the
California Department of Fish and Game to rescue and rehabilitate injured,
orphaned and displaced native wildlife. We are located in the Santa Ynez Valley,
serving Santa Barbara County, to San Luis Obispo County, 24/7. Animal Rescue Team
was incorporated in June of 2007

A.R.T. focuses on large mammal rescue, although birds, including raptors, and reptiles
are never turned away. We also are licensed to rescue fawns and have special isolation facilities.
Domestic animals are also occasionally fostered until a loving forever home can be found.

During the Jesusita Fire A.R.T. rescued over 200 animals, wild and
domestic, working with police and fire officials to get the animals the help
they needed. Refugees from the Jesusita Fire continue to recover at the A.R.T.
facility from severe burns and other fire related injuries.

Whether the call comes from a resident or one of the many public agencies
with which A.R.T. works closely in Santa Barbara County, A.R.T. is available to
respond 24/7 to an injured, orphaned, or displaced wild animal.

Animal Rescue Team is the only animal rescue facility equipped with an
animal ambulance on the Central Coast. This allows us to better serve the animals
and our community in times of disaster, such as the recent Tea and Jesusita fires.

In Dec of 2008, Animal Rescue Team was chosen as a recipient of the
Santa Barbara News Press Holiday Fund, which allowed for
the construction of eight large mammal enclosures. It is only through charitable
donations and the generosity of volunteers that A.R.T. will continue to serve
the animals and residents of the community.

The generosity of Santa Barbara residents and businesses is key to A.R.T.’s
continued success and will better allow A.R.T. to expand to accommodate the
growing needs of abandoned or injured wildlife. A.R.T. operates with volunteers
and donations only, and your help is needed to allow these services to continue.

Board of Directors:

Julia di Sieno
Executive Director & Co-founder

Nicholson & Schwartz, C.P.A.
Treasurer

Suzzane May Jakkola
Secretary and CPA Volunteer

Bookeeper
Lisa Mccann

Steffani Jarret, Suzy Kramer
Volunteer

Dr. Sheri MacVeigh, DVM
Veterinarian

Shannon Scott

Brad Kazmerzak
Web Designer

Advisory Board
Mr. Lee Rosenberg
Christopher Babbidge
Joanie Palmero, DVM
Douglas J. Herthel, DVM
Heather Skogerson, DVM
Fiona Day Nguyenphuc
Richard Jarrett
Maureen Lance
Natasha Lohmus
Mike Pfau, Esq.
Arthur White
Neda Demayo

Volunteers:
Marla Leavitt
Mike Augten
Maddison Alton
Lindalee Baumgarten
Jessica Kasper
Lequan Hoang
Animal food drive and foster parent.

Steffani Jarrett

Dr. Sheri MacVeigh
Veterinarian

Heather Skogerson, DVM

Redfern’s Gardening Services

Our volunteers have successfully completed the:

DART, Disaster Animal Rsponse Team Course on January 28-30, 2010 Presented by the Humane Society of the United States, cosponsered by Santa Barbara County Animal Services.

CERT, Community Emergency Response Team 2010-2015

CCWR, California Council Wildlife Rehabilitators

NWRA National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association

 

Operating with permits from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife.