Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates curriculum vitae

Mary Cummins
Animal Advocates
645 W. 9th St. #110-140
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Curriculum Vitae

Cummins grew up in the hills of Los Angeles, California rescuing baby bunnies, squirrels and even a fawn by the age of six. She continued to rescue all types of animals on her own, for other groups and local animal shelters.
In 2002 she formed the non-profit animal rescue group “Animal Advocates.” At the same time she became a licensed wildlife rehabilitator specializing in small mammals including but not limited to coyotes, bobcats, skunks, raccoons, opossums, squirrels and bats.

• 1982 Beverly Hills High School Dean’s list, swim team, water polo
• 1984 University of Southern California Dean’s list, swim team, scholarship
Professional Education

• 1982 Emergency Medical Technician I
• 2001 Wildlife Paramedic I Basic training for wildlife emergency response
• 2003 IWRC Basic rehabilitation skills seminar, two day course, 13 hours
• 2004 Opossum Society, Opossum rehabilitation
• 2004 HSUS Animal Care two day seminar in Reno, Nevada
• 2005 Rio Hondo Police Academy PAC 43.76 PC 832 Arrest – Modules 1 & III
• 2005 Rio Hondo Police Academy PAC 43.77 PC 832 Firearms – Module II
• 2005 Animal Law Enforcement Academy, San Diego Humane Society and SPCA. 80
hrʼs approved by CVMA, sponsored by the State Humane Association of California
• 2005 American Humane Association Euthanasia by Injection Certificate
• 2006 Pasadena Police Department Certificate of training Tazer X26
• 2005 LA Animal Services, Mitigating animal related injuries in the shelter environment
• 2005 LA Animal Services, Reptile care and handling
• 2005 LA Animal Services, Horse care and handling
• 2005 LA Animal Services, Wildlife care and handling
• 2010 Desert Studies Center, Southwestern bats, research techniques, Dr. Patricia
Brown-Berry, 42 years experience with bats
Professional licenses, permits past and present

• 2001 CA Department of Fish and Game wildlife rehabilitation permit as a satellite
• 2001 LA City gun permit
• 2003 Los Angeles City wildlife permit
• 2003 CA Department of Fish and Game wildlife rehabilitation permit as an individual
• 2003 USDA exhibitor’s permit
• 2004 CA Department of Fish and Game trapping permit
• 2010 CA Department of Fish and Game coyote rehabilitation permit
Awards and acknowledgements
• 2003 Certificate of appreciation for assisting EARS in the wildfires
• 2003 Certificate of appreciation from the City of Los Angeles
• 2009 Certificate of appreciation from LA Animal Services
Publications, articles

• 2002 “What to do when you find a baby squirrel”
• 2002 “What to do when you find an injured squirrel”
• 2003 “How to reunite squirrels babies with their mothers”
• 2003 “How to trim trees with wildlife in mind”
• 2003 “How to properly care for un-releasable squirrels”
• 2003 “How to build proper caging for wildlife”
• 2003 Cat Fancy Magazine, “Mama Mia”
• 2003 “How to humanely deal with coyotes”
• 2004 “Rehabilitation of tree squirrels” manual. Accredited by CADFG
• 2004 “Rehabilitation of ground squirrels” manual. Accredited by CADFG
• 2004 “Rehabilitation of skunks” manual. Accredited by CADFG
• 2004 “Treatment of Malocclusion in Squirrels,” Co-author Dr. Bill Ridgeway
• 2004 “How to trim rodent teeth”
• 2004 “How to make pet squirrels wild again”
• 2004 “How to set up a wildlife referral system in animal shelters”
• 2005 IWRC, “Journal of Wildlife Rehabilitation,” “Raising baby tree squirrels from
weaning to release”
Selected media

• 2003 Animal Planet “Beverly Hills Vet, Squirrel Rehabilitation”
• 2003 CADFG “Scrawl of the Wild”
• 2003 LA Times “Rodent poisoning project angers animal activists”
• 2004 Cable television show “Wildlife Rescue,” six episodes, Doggy TV
• 2004 Gardena Valley News “Helping furry friends survive urban jungle”
• 2004 KROQ radio interview with Scott Mason
• 2004 Discovery Channel “Healthy home makeover”
• 2005 LA Weekly “A Billionaire’s Bark”
• 2005 KROQ radio interview with Scott Mason
• 2005 LA Times “Urban remedies: Dealing with new arrivals”
• 2005 Thousand Oaks Acorn “Public outcry over slain tiger loud-but not universal”
• 2005 LA City Beat “Welcome to the jungle”
• 2006 Daily News “Stuckey stays on as $50,000 City consultant”
• 2006 Book “Squirrels: The Animal Answer Guide”
• 2006 Daily News “County relaxes restrictions on llamas, animal rehab”
• 2006 Daily News “Council hears Stuckey critics”
• 2006 LA Times “Fired City Official’s appeal in limbo”
• 2007 LA Times “Opossums: your garden’s evening clean-up crew”
• 2009 LA Times “Your morning adorable, baby skunks and the handstand dance”
• 2010 Martha Stewart “A gopher named Charlie”
• 2010 Martha Stewart “A second chance for Charlie”
• 2010 LA Times “Your morning adorable: rescued rabbit enjoys a meal”
• 2010 LA Times “Your morning adorable: rub a dub dub, raccoons in a tub”
• 2010 Top YouTube pets video channel in March

• 2001- Present Wildlife rehabilitation. Rescued over 5,000 wild animals with a release
rate over 90%
• 2001- Present Wildlife education, presentations to Oasis, Crossroads school, LA
Animal Services, Best Friends super adoption, Temple Beth El private school and
many others
• 2001- 2006 LA Animal Services, animal shelter volunteer
• 2003 Dept of Fish & Game cleanup of Tiger Rescue, volunteer
• 2003 City of Buena Ventura no-feed plan for wildlife
• 2004 New wildlife policy approved in Los Angeles City
• 2006 Amendment to LA County zoning which allows wildlife rehabilitation
• 2006 Redid the LA Animal Services website, added “Adopt a Pet” feature
• 2006 Birth control program for squirrels in Santa Monica
• 2006 Assistant to Director of Found Animals Foundation
• 2010 HSUS NDART team cockfight raid
Committees/Task forces

• 2004 LA Animal Services Spanish language Committee, Spay and Neuter Committee,
Wildlife Committee, Adopt-a-thon Committee
• 2005 LA City, Councilman Zine Coyote Task Force
• 2005 Approved to be a commissioner for LA Animal Services
• 2006 LA City Proposition F Committee
• 2008 Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) National Disaster Animal
Response Team (NDART)
Professional memberships

• California Council for Wildlife Rehabilitators
• National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association
• International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council

About Mary Cummins Animal Advocates Real Estate Appraiser

Mary Cummins is President of Animal Advocates. She is licensed with the California Department of Fish & Game, USDA and the City of Los Angeles to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife. Cummins speaks to local community groups and students about respecting wildlife and humane wildlife control. She is also a Humane Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator. She has written manuals on small mammal rehabilitation besides numerous articles. She was born and raised in Southern California. She attended Beverly Hills Good Shepherd Catholic School and Beverly Hills High School. Besides being a member of Junior Mensa and on the Dean's list, she was a top ten national swimmer and competed on the men's water polo team. She began college at the age of 15 attending the University of Southern California on scholarship, majoring in Psychology/Sociology. After college Cummins became a licensed real estate agent specializing in income property in Los Angeles. She obtained her real estate appraisal license, real estate brokerage license and currently does real estate consulting, expert witness testimony and review appraisals at Cummins Real Estate Services.
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