We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca Dmytryk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebecca, what do you attribute your success to?
Integrity, absolutely. I, we – the brand, do business under a certain set of moral principles. And, oddly enough, our first commitment is not to the customer, it’s to the animals and the environment, and you’ll see why that’s important in a minute. Humane Wildlife Control Inc. is committed to doing things right, for the animals = a mother raccoon in an attic, a skunk under a house, a rat in a wall – we’re going to come up with a solution that will resolve the issue, permanently, with the least amount of harm or distress to the creature. I think our commitment to the environment and humane treatment of animals is what draws people to our company. They know we’re going to resolve their wildlife problem in the best way possible. We’re not going to compromise our values for anyone or any thing, and I think that integrity is what’s important to people, also because they can feel confident we will be respectful of their home and property. Broadly speaking, we practice biocentrism, where we see humans as part of the ecosystem, not separate or above it. So, when we’re called to resolve a wildlife problem, we take a holistic approach, looking at the whole property as an interconnected system, which then reveals all of the contributing factors. That’s how we come up with solutions that work, long term. The conventional, animal-centric approach doesn’t work, because the animals are not the problem, their presence is a symptom. And with so many options for resolving nuisance wildlife problems without killing animals, it’s an unethical choice. We see the inherent value of all living things – a rat – a human – these are sentient beings and each must be treated with respect as we find a way for them to live in balance, in harmony. I figure a lot of readers and going to poo-poo that, but you know, there are a lot more people who respect it, and our integrity, and that’s why my company is so successful. And by the way, we’re hiring. : )
What should our readers know about your business?
We’re definitely unconventional, but I’m hoping our way of doing things catches on… I think it already is. We are taking vertebrate “pest” control on a new path. A path of integrity, with the priority being respect for wildlife and the environment. We’re reviving the lost principles of Integrated Pest Management, emphasizing IMP’s ecosystem-based strategies and preventive approach. It’s not easy, that’s for sure. We are challenging age-old thinking and unfounded fears. But, what’s exciting, is we are popular and gaining recognition for being leaders in our field. Very exciting. Bottom line, no one wants to kill an animal, they just want their problem solved. Now, with Humane Wildlife Control, they don’t have to give it a second thought. Troubles gone, no one dies.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh wow, okay… As for lodging, I would have them stay at the Hilton Woodland Hills. Pet friendly, Great folks. Great food. Mornings would start with a hike in the Santa Monica Mountains or walk on one of the beaches in Malibu. Breakfasts would include dine-in at the Hilton for a veggie and egg skillet or maybe down the street at Follow Your Heart for a vegetarian hash. Of course a drive through Beverly Hills, with lunch and a martini at Musso & Frank’s (ignore any hint of misogyny, ladies, it’s just how they are). At day’s end, either a fabulous meal at V’s in Malibu, takeout at Gelson’s on Mulholland and watching the sun set over the pacific, or dine at the Runway Lounge at the Hilton (woodland Hills), where we’d surely be entertained by Adel.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Jay Burch Holcomb. Jay was drawn to animals – they were like friends and family to him. He had an innate sense of responsibility for their welfare, even as a child, feeling compelled to protect them, speak up for them. Jay was a force for nature. His career in wildlife rehabilitation began in 1971, when two oil tankers collided in the San Francisco Bay. Not only was Jay instrumental in starting wildlife rehabilitation on the West Coast, he led the world in the rehabilitation of oiled wildlife. I joined his oiled wildlife response team in the early nineties. He was my mentor and my best friend. Jay died in 2014.