Meet our team ...

Missy Dubuisson

As the Founder, Director and Lead Rehabilitator, Missy started rehabilitating wildlife at a very young age in Pass Christian. MS.

In her adult life she pursued a career as a Veterinary Technician. Missy worked at Saucier Veterinary Hospital assisting Dr. Askew as his technician for many years. Her background in the veterinary technician profession and skills gained through the years is an invaluable asset to our rescue.

Missy is known as the "Possum Queen" ... With that title, it is obvious what her favorite wild animal is!

Dr. James Askew

Dr. James Askew is a native of Gulfport, MS. He graduated from Gulfport High School in 1981. He attended Mississippi State University, Oklahoma State University (residency) and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine where Dr. Askew received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1996. Dr. Askew, along with Dr. Ann Delborgo-Ladner and Dr. John Geotes, began operating Saucier Veterinary Hospital in 1997.

Dr. Askew has a special interest in treating all types of exotics, including wildlife, marine mammals, primates, birds and reptiles. To provide state of the art treatment of these unusual animals, Dr. Askew is Storz Endoscopy certified and has been certified by the ARAV in Venomous Reptile handling.

Dr. Askew is a member of MVMA, AVMA, ARAV and the AAV. Dr. Askew resides in the Saucier area with his wife, Terri and their numerous pets.

Adriane Rawls

Biography coming soon!

Each person on our team is very special to us. Each person has a special gift in which they bring to a teaming environment.

Each person volunteers their time and talent to care for our wildlife.

Stephanie Roberts

Stephanie Roberts grew up in Gulfport MS and later migrated to D'Iberville. Her greatest accomplishment is being mother to four beautiful daughters. She rescued her first animal at the age of four, a Siamese cat that was abused & then abandoned. This was the beginning of a lifetime love of all animals.

Stephanie has volunteered for both Eight Flags and HSSM raising baby ducks and fostering kittens. Over a span of 25+ years she has rescued/rehabilitated numerous animals including kittens, baby birds, bunnies and squirrels. Stephanie joined Wild at Heart in 2013 & became a 'squirrel girl' working along side Brett Perronne. Last baby season she successfully rehabilitated numerous gray squirrels, four flying squirrels and two fox squirrels. She also became foster mom to two special needs gray squirrels, Poppet & LittleFoot.

Douglas Pojeky

Douglas Pojeky is a native of Goodells, Michigan, a small farm community North of Detroit. Doug grew up an avid hunter and fisher. He has always had an admiration for nature and its creatures. He graduated from Memphis High School in Memphis, Michigan where he wrestled, played football, and pond hockey. He earned all-state honors his senior year for Wrestling and had a few scholarship offers. He decided to enlist in the United States Navy instead. He has been deployed to Bosnia twice and Iraq once. He qualified as a Master Training Specialist during his tour as a Drill instructor in Great Lakes, Illinois. He has deployed to several other locations around the world in his 20 Years in the Navy. He will retire from the Navy in September 2014. Doug has always had an affinity for animals. For him, being a part of a wildlife rescue is a dream come true. He is the President of Wild at Heart Rescue, lead rescuer, Lead Educational program manager, enclosure designer/constructor, and Wild at Hearts Public speaker. He is also the President of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Rugby Football Club “The Landsharks”. He currently resides in Vancleave, Mississippi with Missy Dubuisson and his Children Adyson and Troy.

Jill Paige

Jill was raised in the country, in Pike Road, Alabama. She attended Auburn University where she graduated with a BS in Child Development. In 1986, she moved to Gulfport, Mississippi, accepting a civil service position at the Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC), Gulfport. After 26 years, Jill retired as Director with over site of the Navy Child and Youth Programs at NCBC. Since volunteering with Wild at Heart Rescue, Inc. in 2012, she has become a Board Member and grant writer. Jill completed two community education courses on grant writing and continues to seek avenues to assist meeting the needs of wildlife in South Mississippi.

Brett Perrone

Brett Perrone is a lifelong resident of the MS Gulf Coast. She is a wife and mother of 3 with a BS degree from University of Southern Miss., Major-Chemistry, Minor- Forensic Science.

Brett has previously worked with marine animals at Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs and JL Scott Marine Ed Center in Biloxi.

Brett has been rehabilitating wildlife, mostly squirrels, for more than 25 years. Brett has volunteered for other wildlife organizations and is currently serving as the leader of the Squirrel Team for Wild at Heart.

The Wooten Family

Biography coming soon!

Each person on our team is very special to us. Each person has a special gift in which they bring to a teaming environment.

Each person volunteers their time and talent to care for our wildlife.

How we got started ...

Wild at Heart was founded by Missy in 2012 and has become a very successful and well known wildlife rehabilitation center in Mississippi.

God has called Missy to care for His wildlife. From a very young age, she has had the knowledge to care for many species. She is self taught for the most part, but also has attended many hours of wildlife rehabilitation training over the years.

Partnerships ...

Along the way we have built many partnerships and value the repor we have developed with State and Federal agencies, local law enforcement, IMMS and the list goes on.

We couldn't do what we do without the assistance of many agencies. We do appreciate their dedication and their assistance.

More about us ...

We are a 501(c)3 non profit. All donations made to us are tax deductible. We are blessed to care for the amazing wildlife indigenous to Mississippi. There are many ways you can help. From transport, to enclosure construction, fund raising to helping feed and care for wildlife in need. We cannot do what we do without your help. It is very costly to take care of wildlife in need. Please consider making a donation today!