• Wisconsin WildCare cares for over 1100 orphaned and injured wild animals each year!
  • We also educate the public on how to prevent and humanely address conflicts with wildlife.
  • We are the only organization in the Dane County-area that rehabs raccoons, and the only group that accepts infants so young that their eyes are still closed.
  • We are a 100% volunteer organization and our rehabbing and fostering is done in a network of private homes. As a result, we have very few overhead costs.
  • We rely on gifts from the community to cover expenses such as specialized formula, housing and veterinary costs.
  • We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and donations of any amount are greatly appreciated!
  • Wisconsin WildCare was founded in 2011 by Kelly Osborn, Tara Scott, and Amy Unbehaun. At first, they were able to save 50 animals a year. We have grown to helping over 1100 now!

Wisconsin WildCare has members who are licensed to rehabilitate small Mammals in south Central Wisconsin

Our Board Members

Diane Goldensoph

Treasurer, Animal Care Director, and Assistant Raccoon Coordinator

Diane lives in the Town of Vienna, Wisconsin with her husband and youngest child. Their two older children live independently in neighboring communities. Diane has always been a nurturer and spends much of her time doting on and caring for her family. She also enjoys her career working as a Program Coordinator at a local senior center.

Ever since she was young, she had a great interest in caring for children as well as both domestic and wild animals. Growing up, Diane was one of those kids that managed to find injured or orphaned animals and brought them home so that she and her mother could nurture them back to health before setting them free to live out their lives in the wild. As a teenager she and her mom took in two newborn orphaned puppies. After weeks of bottle feedings and some special care, she watched the puppies grow from frail little beings to energetic and happy young pups. She will often say that the reward of this experience is likely what cinched her decision to later seek out a role in wildlife rehabilitation.

During spring of 2014, Diane began volunteering with Wisconsin WildCare and she received that hands-on training necessary to raise three very young raccoons. Over the past 8 years, Diane has continued to take on more responsibility and to grow with the organization. Today she is one of two Directors and plays a major role doing intake, triage, and training. Diane says that this is one of the most rewarding roles and it is a large part of who she is today. She and her family live adjacent to a nature conservancy and they spend a lot of time enjoying nature.

Rebekah Trigg

Board Member

Rebekah is relatively new to structured wildlife rehabilitation. She has rescued – and dropped off to an appropriate rescue – many injured animals during her lifetime, but decided to make it official for the 2018 season. After trying to convince her husband to foster puppies or kittens, he said “NO” and suggested wildlife. He figured if Rebekah fostered kittens or puppies, they’d end up with a hundred animals.

Rebekah contacted Wisconsin WildCare, completed training, and fostered 6 baby raccoons for the 2018 season. Rebekah describes her experiences with these wild animals with “My soul felt whole in those moments.” In 2019, she continued learning and joined the intake team. During the 2019 season, she fostered 5 baby raccoons to release and then released an additional 2 later in the fall. By the end of the summer, Rebekah joined the Board of Directors. In January of 2020, Rebekah passed her Basic Wildlife License test and her facility inspection by the DNR to become a Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator.

Rebekah has a Bachelors in Business/Marketing and a Bachelors in Human Nutrition, which help in her roles at Wisconsin WildCare. She lives with her husband of 24 years and their only child, who is 22. She has worked as a small business owner, a substitute teacher, and now dedicates her time to volunteer work and helping her aging mother, while starting a new business with her husband in the North Woods. She also enjoys walking the shores of the Great Lakes, collecting rocks, crafting, reading, and traveling.

Tom Manley


Tom began working with wildlife in 2007 as a volunteer at Four Lakes Wildlife Center (now Dane County Humane Society Wildlife Center) where he cared for multiple species of birds, small mammals, and reptiles. He became very active in their home fostering program, including training many of the new fosters on the care of squirrels and rabbits in their homes. He has often said that while caring for the variety of animals in the wildlife center was very rewarding, it is the opportunity to closely observe and develop a connection with the animals that he cared for in his home that truly stimulated his passion for wildlife rehabilitation!

In 2012, he obtained his Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation License from the Wisconsin DNR and continued to volunteer regularly at Four Lakes. In 2011, he began working with WWC Founder, Kelly Osborn, to foster raccoons in his home and was part of the original planning committee that assisted Kelly in the startup of Wisconsin Wildcare in 2013. Tom was granted his Advanced Wildlife Rehab License in 2017. Since 2017, Tom has been very active in coordinating and training all the wonderful foster volunteers the organization has. He is also very active on the phone triage and animal intake team for WWC. In 2024 Tom was elected Board President.

Tom has a background in healthcare as a registered nurse, certified registered nurse anesthetist, researcher, and educator. In the little spare time he has in between his full time paying job and his passion for wildlife rehab, Tom enjoys reading, traveling, and hanging out with his wife, 6 children and 3 grandchildren!

Courtney Odom

Secretary and Rabbit Coordinator

Courtney is the current Secretary for WWC. She is a mom, a wife, a business owner, a photographer, and a huge part of our organization. She is not only part of the Board, but also a member of our Intake Team and a foster. She’s willing to try just about any species at least once. She has also taken over as our Rabbit Species Coordinator.

As a nurse she cares for humans, but that translates to an abundance of usable knowledge in the wildlife rehabilitation world, as well. And her compassion has no boundaries. She has been involved in rehab for 16+ years.

Renee Bridich

Board Member, Assistant Opossum Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator

Renee Bridich has been passionate about animals as far back as she can remember. She grew up running through the woods rescuing little animals. One of her first memories is pushing a baby carriage around filled with salamanders! Currently she lives in Stoughton with her husband who supports her like crazy and their assortment of pets.

Renee graduated from UW Stevens Point with a BS in Wildlife Management back in 2006. She has worked professionally with animals for almost 20 years in a wide variety of environments such as pet stores, zoos, and wildlife sanctuaries. She currently works at a vet clinic in Madison which she loves. However her true passion is wildlife!

Renee was introduced to WWC in 2017 and was thrilled to join. Her first role was a foster mom for a group of 6 tiny opossums. Opossums are a very tricky baby to raise but she fell madly in love with the species and hasn’t looked back! She looks forward to years of fostering and educating the public about all the beloved Wisconsin animals that WWC rehabilitates and releases. Renee has become the Assistant Opossum Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator. She is also waiting patiently for the results of her Basic Licensing Exam so she can finish the process of earning her Wisconsin Rehabilitators License.

Holly Hill-Putnam

Squirrel, Chipmunk and Rodent Coordinator

Holly has been a member of Wisconsin Wildcare since 2018 when the Dane County Humane Society, for which she has been volunteering for 10 years, decided to stop taking baby mammals. Since neonates and juvenile mammals were her particular interest, she joined WWC and has been the Squirrel Coordinator since then. At the Humane Society, where Holly still volunteers, she worked with many species (reptile and amphibians, raptors and many kinds of birds) but the furry guys were always her favorite. She was recognized for her service as an “Unsung Hero” in the Madison Area for volunteering more than 14,000 hours at the Dane County Humane Society, where she gained her experience in raising small mammals, especially when she entered into foster home care and began caring for the little ones in her home.

Her special interest is squirrels (gray, red, fox, flying) and ground squirrels (thirteen-lined ground squirrels and chipmunks). Days can be long ones when, after working at the Humane Society, she comes home to feed her neonates taken in through Wisconsin Wildcare, especially at the beginning of the season when squirrels need to be fed 7 times a day. She also cares for mice, voles, muskrats, woodchucks and bunnies. Holly serves as an intake volunteer, taking in animals directly from the public for stabilization and healing before passing them along to another of our trained fosters when they are healthy. She on-boards all new people interested in doing squirrels, providing one-on-one training on syringe feeding and husbandry and serving as a mentor to our old and new fosters when medical issues arise.

While animal care is her first love, Holly also participates on our Board of Directors and organization fundraising by urging finders who bring animals to us to contribute towards their continued care, which in the case of squirrels is about 4 months from birth. She has 3 large pre-release cages in her yard to get these juveniles conditioned to return to the wild. She utterly enjoys seeing past “graduates” that she has released in her yard come to visit and have their own families!

Jen Bell

Board Member

Jen lives in Dodge County with her husband James, their four sons, dogs and cat. She has been with Wisconsin WildCare since 2020, where she took on 7 baby raccoons her first year. She is always looking to expand her knowledge and gain more experience when it comes to animals.

Jen's love for nature, animals and wildlife started from watching her Grandma who lived on a 120 acre homestead in the mountains of Pennsylvania and her grandma who lived in Grafton, WI. She watched, listened, and helped her grandmas care for these animals; with that she gained a love and respect for animals, nature and wildlife. Jen was exposed to all kinds of animals and wildlife which sparked a passion in her as a young child. She would often find strays and wildlife (or they would find her) that were in need of care and love.

As she got older that didn't change, even while she traveled she still helped animals in need. For the last 24 years she has worked with animals and wildlife in various ways; from pet stores, doggy daycares, horse farm cleaning stalls and caring for the horses, animal groomer/bather to volunteering at Rides & Reins and WWC.

Hannah Hammond

Raccoon Care Coordinator, Board Member

Hannah lives in Cottage Grove, WI. She has two cats and a husky. She grew up on a farm surrounded by dogs, cats, cows and horses. This helped shape her future love for animals and wildlife. Her first real job was working at a large horse boarding facility and she spent some time working at the Dane County Humane Society. She moved onto lots of different careers and is currently a Service Contract Coordinator with Meridian IT.

In 2020 she attended a training to learn the basics and 4 months later she had her first raccoon kits. When 2021 came around, she joined the Board of Directors to help assist with social media posts and she also became Assistant Raccoon Care Coordinator. In 2023 she jumped into the Raccoon Care Director role.

In Hannah’s spare time, she loves to read, hike, kayak, spend time with friends and capture nature and wildlife in photography.

Wendy Lee

Opossum Care Coordinator

Wendy Lee came to wildlife rehabilitation after working for over a decade in feral cat rescue, fostering, socializing, and working as a volunteer medical assistant to the shelter vet. Her experience with and love for feral cats gave her a strong base for moving into wildlife rehab.

While every life is precious to her, she has found her calling with the opossums. Wendy spends countless hours on research and education, passionate about improvements in nutrition, enrichment, and better preparing our opossums for release. Her biggest challenge currently is improving mortality rates for pinky opossum orphans under 15 grams, something which few rehabbers undertake.

“I honestly wish I could put into words how I felt the day that I saw my first baby opes. Kelly opened the box, and they literally took my breath away. I knew from that moment that I would do anything and everything I could for them.”

She continues research on nutrition and enrichment for opossums in care to better prepare them for their lives in the wild. She's a strong advocate for opossums, never missing an opportunity to share their positive contributions for the environment and helping to dispel old negative misinformation. She is an invaluable resource and hard-working member of our team.

Tammy Neumeister

Vice President & Assistant Opossum Care Coordinator

Tammy has been an animal lover her entire life. Everything from cats and dogs to snakes and turtles and everything in between. Growing up she had every kind of critter imaginable and her best friend was a giant Great Dane who took up most of her twin bed. It's no wonder then, that she is completely involved in rescue as an adult!

Tammy is co-founder and Executive Director of Community Cat Inc, a rescue in Whitewater, WI that specializes in cats most in need of rescue. A lot of work is done with feral cats, including trap/neuter/return. Tammy fosters animals for Community Cat also, mostly cats with severe medical and behavioral needs. Dogs are also much loved in Tammy's house! She has three small dogs of her own and fosters dogs for Community Cat and Albert's Dog Lounge.

Running an animal rescue brings lots and lots of calls for other creatures in need! Every year Tammy was taking these calls and finding somewhere for these animals to go. Many calls were made to wildlife organizations and much time spent running injured and abandoned animals to rescue! Four years in a row she ended up with baby raccoons until she could find them care. In 2020 she made it official and became a raccoon foster for Wisconsin Wildcare. Her first intake babies were a challenge, being very small and very dehydrated. She cared for them around the clock and they blossomed and were released and still visit her porch most nights along with the opossum and feral cats. She took in 3 opossums this year too and instantly fell in love with them. What's her favorite to foster? Whoever needs her the most at any given time!

When Tammy heard there was an opening on the board of directors, she jumped at the opportunity to use her experience in rescue to further help the WildCare organization. In 2024, she became Vice President of the board. She looks forward to what the future brings and to find out how else she can assist the wonderful wild creatures of Wisconsin.

Tammy lives in Whitewater, WI. She has two wonderful adult daughters who have blessed her with two wonderful grandsons and a granddaughter. The grandbabies are being brought up to respect and care for wild and domestic animals. Raising a future generation of rescuers!

Amanda Steinhilber

Board Member, Donor Relations

Jenny Dahlk-Esser

Assistant Raccoon Coordinator

Jenny lives in Cross Plains, WI with her husband and 2 sons.  In 2019 they bought a place just outside Cross Plains in the country on 30 acres.

She has had a love for animals her entire life and raised and cared for numerous critters growing up.  She officially joined WI Wildcare in 2022. She has been working with raccoons in rehab for the last 5 years. She loves to expand her knowledge and is always looking to gain more experience in caring for and helping wildlife. Raccoons have always had a special place in her heart. Jenny became Assistant Raccoon Coordinator in 2024.

In addition to working with WWC, Jennifer is part owner of a family business.  She enjoys being in the outdoors as much as she can as well as hiking, reading and spending time with friends.

Kelly Osborn


Kelly Osborn, who started the organization, is still involved today. She lived and breathed Wisconsin WildCare while trying to get it off the ground as a viable rescue and rehabilitation organization – spending countless hours to make it a success. She provides support to our network of fosters, while fostering and doing intakes with her husband Chuck.

Open Positions

Volunteers Wanted

Event Coordinator

Fundraising Coordinator

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Our Most Important Team Members are Our Many Foster Volunteers!