Get to know the faces behind Hancock Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation!
We are all volunteers and come from a variety of backgrounds. Each person brings something different to the table!
Jen Hancock, Founder/Director
Licensed Wildlife Rehabber
Jen works for the Indiana Department of Health in the Division of Emergency Preparedness, and she has a strong medical background for both animals and humans. Jen's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from Indiana University. Jen is accredited in laboratory medicine by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, is a member of the Indiana Wildlife Federation, and her property in Fortville is designated as a Certified Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation. She has worked with animals, both domesticated and wild, practically her whole life, and she is an avid mushroom hunter! In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, reading, quilling, and hiking with her German Shepherd. Her and her husband, Chad, have been married since August 2005, and they have one daughter, Kaitlyn. Together, they have 3 dogs (Maggie - GSD, Kenny - Mastiff, & Sophie - Boston Terrier), 4 chickens, 2 ducks, and an aquarium full of fish.
Leah Reynolds, Volunteer Coordinator
Leah R. is the Marketing and Community Engagement Specialist for Hancock Health. Most of her work revolves around social media management, child passenger safety, and local community events. With a background in pet retail and veterinary office management, Leah found a love for domestic animal rescue. Working in wildlife rescue has always been a bucket list item! Leah is the proud mom of a wild and witty 5 year old son, who she co-parents with her very best friend and former husband. She is a coffee-drinking bookworm who also loves writing, advocating for maternal mental health, and loving on her 2 rescue cats.
Leah Perry, Bat Specialist
Licensed Wildlife Rehabber
Leah P. is a high school science teacher, and her educational background is in wildlife biology. She has a MS in Biology from Southeast Missouri State, a BS in Wildlife Biology from Ball State, and a MA in Science Education from Ball State. She has held a wide variety of positions working with wildlife prior to becoming an educator, especially reptiles, birds, and small mammals (including bats). She has even worked on a National Geographic documentary as the flying squirrel handler! Leah cares about all of Indiana's native flora and fauna, and is passionate about creating a backyard wildlife habitat and gardening for animals and insects. When she isn't taking care of wildlife, you will often find her reading, biking, kayaking, walking her dogs, or camping at state parks with her husband and son.
Our assistants help us rehabilitate wildlife:
Leah Reynolds, Chad Hancock, Kaitlyn Douglas, Amy Barr, Jen Molloy, Judy Zipp, Jamie Hutchison, Cathy Matthews, Jennifer Ricket, Heather Simmons, & Lawrence Perry
We also have a whole community of volunteers and supporters!
Join our team of volunteers and supporters!
We need help with things like transportation, event presence, fundraising, cleaning, handy-person tasks, animal caretaking, and more! We are also looking for more animal release sites. If you own property with acreage and natural wildlife habitat, would you consider letting us release healthy animals on your property? If you are interested in volunteering yourself or your property, please complete the short volunteer form.
As a non-profit run by volunteers, we cannot run without our supporters. Join them and donate today. Your donations truly make a difference. Every dollar helps us save an animal.