Brevard County WILDLIFE EMERGENCY: 321-821-7881

About Us

Their dynamic joins tested experience with ambitious creativity in a partnership focused on a single Mission;

To Save Wildlife.

Baleen "Heather" Pepe-Dillon

Managing Director and Rescue Team Leader


Matthew R Buice

Managing Director and Rescue Team Leader


When Heather was just 14 she followed in her mother’s footsteps by joining the Volunteer Ambulance Corps youth squad in Commack, NY. Though it was a people ambulance corps there were always animals being rescued at her home. Heather spent the last 20 years working mostly with sea turtle conservation.

She spent close to 15 years on the small island of Tobago in the Caribbean where she worked closely with Save Our Sea Turtles. She then Founded with her daughter Kitty and friend Pat Turpin a group called North East Sea Turtles on the very remote north east end of the island. The group was formed to create a sustainable living for locals rather than to illegally hunt sea turtles. While there she also worked very closely with game wardens doing field work such as investigations on illegal hunting, fires and other environmental issues. And though never official, she was to be appointed Honorary game warden by the cabinet of the government of Trinidad and Tobago. She sat on the board of Environment Tobago for two years.

Heather is currently here in Melbourne Florida where she sits on the board of Sea Turtle Preservation Society as the “Goodwill Ambassador at large”.  She is also on the Sea Turtle Stranding Rescue Team permitted under Roger Pszonowsky through FWC. She volunteered at the Brevard Zoo Sea Turtle Healing center for a year and for the past year she has been working at the Florida wildlife hospital. Heather strongly believes that the public may be the most important link for wildlife rescue. “Rescue teams cannot be everywhere all the time, we are not out there patrolling all the beaches and roadways and woods, we DEPEND on the public and so then does the wildlife, The public is part of our team”. Heather endeavors to work with the public and wildlife officials to get wildlife in need of medical attention a rapid response and transport through our new emergency rescue service.


“When you feel the suffering of every living thing in your own heart, that is consciousness”. – BhagavaG

“The wind, the sea and even the earth defend I”. – Country man

“It’s not how long you were here, it’s what you did when you were”.  - Takis Pepe

For as long as he can remember, Matthew Buice has been fascinated by wildlife. His respect, and admiration for the natural world has driven him to hold onto his dreams and follow in the footsteps of his childhood hero Steve Irwin. From when he was young, growing up in rural Pennsylvania, Matt has always been drawn to the outdoors by his curiosity of nature. Many days were spent catching frogs, snakes, and salamanders in the woods behind his home. As he grew, so too did his passion for animals.

In 2015, He received his bachelors degree in Marine Biology from Florida Institute of Technology. During his years in school he spent time volunteering at Brevard zoo and working part time at an exotic pet store absorbing every detail he could about the animals in his care.

Matthew volunteered his time with several Wildlife Rehabilitators, helping with animal patient care and release. His past times include scuba diving along Florida's coastline, taking long walks with his two dogs at St. Sebastian wildlife refuge, and his main hobby; especially during winter months when the migratory birds have settled, is wildlife photography. He can often be found taking early morning trips to wetlands and state parks trying to get that perfect shot in the golden hours of new light.

His drive to learn about the animals in his care has pushed Matthew to study everything from anatomy and behavior to first aid, and pain management. He believes every animal deserves a second chance at life, no matter how far tipped the scale.


"We don't own the planet Earth, we belong to it, and we must share it with our wildlife." - Steve Irwin

"What a Country chooses to save, is what a Country chooses to say about itself." - Mollie Beatie

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." - Mahatma Gandhi