I am an instrument-rated private pilot, certified about 12 years now -- flying for almost 20, and a certified ground instructor.
I have been working on my doctorate in an aviation field for the past 3 years, and ironically have had no time or finances to keep my currency up. (I am in desperate need of a medical, BFR, IPC, and continued training toward my commercial certificate.)
However, in the meantime and while get things in order, I would love to accompany anyone on a rescue flight, and offer my assistance in any way needed. I have worked extensively with animal rescue, training and veterinary services over my years, and done a fair number of independent animal rescue flights, years ago before it was so well organized.
E-mail me privately (PM), or reply on this board if I can be of any help, or even if there are just some good in-the-area gatherings. (I am proximate to WHP, VNY, BUR...)