Director, Animal Rescue League Wildlife Center
Where I Grew Up: Munhall
Education: Biology, California University / Masters in Management, University of Phoenix
The only thing we don't treat here are poisonous snakes, for obvious reasons, deer because we just don't have the facility to treat them, and bear, again, for obvious reasons!
Jill Argall has been working at the Animal Rescue League Wildlife Center in Verona for 15 years. While she currently commutes daily from Trafford, her husband, Doug, grew up here in Penn Hills and she is no stranger to our town.
One of her favorite things about Penn Hills is stopping at Penn Hills Community Park after work to take a relaxing walk after a stressful day at the Wildlife Center. She is excited about Parks and Rec's plan to create a garden and walking trail around the pond on the property, "That will be great for me, I really enjoy going there and that sounds like it would be great."
As director of the Wildlife Center, Jill faces the challenge of taking in and caring for numerous animals on a daily basis. Some days as many as 100 injured, orphaned or ill animals native to Pennsylvania will come through her doors. A few of the current residents at the facility include squirrels, turtles, ducks, pigeons, owls, hawks, vultures, and a porcupine.
"The only thing we don't treat here are poisonous snakes, for obvious reasons, deer because we just don't have the facility to treat them, and bear, again, for obvious reasons!"
Her job is to ensure that her staff nurses the animals back to health while not allowing them to become too accustomed to being around people.
"This year we're on target to take in about 3500 admissions. 15 years ago when I started, we were doing 400 animals a year so our numbers are increasing rapidly."
Jill is a big fan of the Penn Hills Lawn and Garden where she shops for gifts and home garden needs and can often be found working out at Planet Fitness.
She sees a need for more upscale dining options in our area. "Typically when we have meetings we'll take them to Oakmont or Fox Chapel. But I'd like to see coffee shops or little bistros that we could take people for business meetings because we have a lot of people we meet here."
Recently, Jill has been working with the B.O.B. Project to bring educational programs into the schools and community, "We would really enjoy that because we have a lot to offer."
"We like to educate. Sometimes we'll get wild calls where someone might say that they had a bunny lay an egg in their yard. So yeah, education is an important part of what we do!"