Gail A'Brunzo, Manager, Wildlife Rescue

Gail A’Brunzo

Manager, Wildlife Rescue


In her role as Wildlife Rescue Manager, Gail works with a variety of rescue, rehabilitation and release projects around the world, supporting ground-breaking programmes such as the release back to the wild of Amur tigers in Russia, clouded leopards in India and grizzly bears in Canada. Working closely with the US office on the campaign to end private ownership of big cats, Gail’s team helps with relocation of animals found in poor conditions. In cooperation with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, the Wildlife Rescue Division is helping big cat sanctuaries improve and become sustainable.

Before taking on her present position, Gail served as Animal Rescue Programme Officer, responding both domestically and internationally to natural and man-made disasters, bringing her shelter setup and management experience to a variety of situations worldwide. She also developed the evaluation and measurement tools utilised by the Animal Rescue and Companion Animal programmes to determine the effectiveness of projects IFAW supports.

Gail was instrumental in developing IFAW ERN (Emergency Response Network)-New England, which draws on local community volunteer response groups to assist during large-scale disasters. Gail’s sheltering expertise has also been utilized US state and national disaster response organizations including the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP).


Member, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Emergency Animal Sheltering Workgroup (EASW), USA

Shelter Manager, Cape Cod MA Traffic Plan, Camp Edwards Emergency Animal Shelter, USA

Member, National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP), USA

Member, National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, USA

Operations Section Chief, State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team (SMART), USA

Executive Director, Bradford County Humane Society, USA

Registered Veterinary Technician, Allentown Animal Clinic, USA

Registered Veterinary Technician, Mansfield Veterinary Clinic, USA


Bachelor of Science (BSc), Business Administration­/Management, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, USA

Associate of Science (AS), Veterinary Technology, Harcum College, USA

FEMA ICS: Multiple level certification