first_img“Our concern is to see that wildlife gets the best care possible,” said Harry Morse, a department spokesman. “Our key is to make sure that these animals get to people who are licensed to care for them and have the facilities these animals need for whatever type of care they need.” Nicole Carion, associate wildlife biologist with Fish and Game, said there are 110 facilities for wildlife rehabilitation in California, with some operated by a single person and others by hundreds of volunteers. eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Now 45, she is launching a new effort to provide information for people who find injured animals on the beach, on roads or in their own yards. This spring she set up a toll-free hotline for WildRescue, (866) WILD-911, and she is in the process of setting up the WildRescue Web site at www.wildrescue.org. “Based on a caller’s area code, we will provide the number to the nearest rescue organization or wildlife rehabilitator that specializes in the type of animal found,” she said. The telephone service and the Web site include information on initial things people can do to help animals, and how to stay safe. The hotline made its debut in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties in April, but Dmytryk hopes to eventually provide the service to all of California. She already has extended it to the entire California coast for marine animal emergencies because of the domoic acid outbreak. While they could not comment specifically on Dmytryk’s new service, California Department of Fish and Game officials said it is important to find proper care for injured animals, and wildlife rehabilitation centers play an important role. MALIBU – When she was 9, Rebecca Dmytryk found her pet hamster seemingly lifeless on a cold day. She thought the animal was dead. But her mother, who had made a habit of trying to rescue sick animals, put the little creature in an open, barely warm oven. “It came back to life,” said Dmytryk, who eventually embarked on a career of saving hundreds of animals, from pelicans to peregrine falcons to skunks to sea lions to coyotes. She got involved with the cause when she was 20, then opened her own animal rescue center in Thousand Oaks in the 1980s, she said. She founded the California Wildlife Center in Malibu Canyon in 1996, and in 2000 formed WildRescue. last_img