HWC Team
HWC Team

Our Team

Our service area includes the Central Coast of California, The Greater Bay Area, Los Angeles and portions of Ventura County.

Owners Rebecca Dmytryk and Duane Titus run the Central Coast office. The Southern California region is covered by Sam Ramirez.


Rebecca Dmytryk (owner)

Rebecca has been working with wildlife since 1981 when she obtained her first permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to rescue and rehabilitate injured animals. She is founder and director of a nonprofit - National Association for Wildlife Emergency Services, and a leading expert in the field. In 2012 she published a book, Wildlife Search and Rescue: A Guide for First Responders (Wiley Blackwell). From 1986 to 2015, Rebecca operated a mobile pet care business, giving it up to focus on her latest venture, Humane Wildlife Control. Check out her curriculum vitae, HERE.


Duane Titus (owner)

Duane is a licensed electrical contractor with over 20 years in the construction trade. His specialized knowledge and skills come in handy when he's inspecting for damage or when making repairs to a structure. Duane also has extensive wildlife capture and handling experience. In 2010 he worked on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico where he supervised construction of temporary animal enclosures before leading rescue operations. Later, he was appointed Safety Officer, overseeing the personal safety of all the emergency responders working at the facility. Check out more, HERE. Duane is also a licensed amateur radio operator with over 30 years experience.


Sam Ramirez

Sam has been a carpenter for a little over 13 years and has worked with wildlife for 5 years. When repairs are needed - when a job requires any sort of framing or construction, like building an access door from scratch, his work is flawless. He takes great pride in his work and in helping people and animals.