A huge thank you to Darin of Black Gold Roofing for donating your time, and supplies to our new facility,

Mountain Lion Cubs in San Diego County

BILL MCMORRIS, NEWS-PRESS STAFF WRITER April 7, 2009 12:00 AM Two mountain lion cubs captured in a Solvang neighborhood on April 3 were delivered safe and sound to the Fund for Animal Wildlife Center in Ramona two days later, the News-Press has learned. The cats had been spotted at various locations, including a golf […]

Our Opinion: Fish and Game negligence

April 14, 2009 7:01 AM The News-Press headline on April 6 said it all: “Where are the cats? Animal expert fears the worst for pair of mountain lion cubs.” It sums up how there is something wrong with the way the state handles wildlife in need of care. Californians can’t trust the state Department […]

Letters: Make Saving Wildlife a Joint Effort

Jim O’Dell, Buellton

April 12, 2009 12:00 AM

The heart-rending story of two displaced mountain lion cubs demonstrates that Fish and Game is not the only government department lacking facility. California needs to revise the protocol for handling wildlife to engage private enterprise, such as Animal Rescue Team Inc., embracing a growing […]

Our Opinion: Investigate Fish and Game

April 17, 2009

The state’s Natural Resources Agency and other officials need to investigate the California Department of Fish and Game’s operations on the Central Coast. Doesn’t it seem as if the first option for some of these “wildlife officials” is to kill large mammals? Sometimes there also can appear to be indifference […]

Letters: Lions’ stewards can take pride in work

Robert Fermin, Santa Ynez

April 16, 2009

I want to thank Julia Di Sieno for her persistent and relentless search for the two orphaned and hungry mountain lion cubs in the Solvang area the night and days of April 2 and 3.

Ms. Di Sieno and all those who care for her […]

Animal Rescue Team Inc. could be forced from Santa Ynez facility

May 15, 2009 12:00 AM The founder of Animal Rescue Team Inc. said Thursday she might be forced to leave her Santa Ynez location because the property owner is apparently being forced to sell. Julia Di Sieno said in an e-mail that she has been informed the property may go for $850,000 to $1 […]

Ellen Degeneres recognizes fire victims

May 13, 2009 8:33 AM SANTA BARBARA — Ellen DeGeneres opened her syndicated talk show on Tuesday with a nod to victims of the Jesusita Fire. “I really want to send a shout out to everybody who has been affected by the wildfire in Santa Barbara,” said Ms. DeGeneres. She also put out a call […]

Allegations of mistreatment of Solvang cougar

SCOTT STEEPLETON, NEWS-PRESS CITY EDITOR June 12, 2009 12:00 AM The trip from an animal rescue facility in Solvang to a zoo in New York has not been a good one for a cougar cub who, along with its sister, was found wandering and malnourished in a residential neighborhood in early April, the News-Press has […]

Rescued dog is in need of a foster home

Scott Steepleton August 10, 2010 11:52 AM Animal Rescue Team Inc. is seeking a temporary home for a rescued female Belgian Malinois that was brought to the nonprofit group’s facility for critical care and rehabilitation. The dog was found on a large parcel in Woodstock in Santa Ynez, crawling, and dragging its back legs. “Because […]