WTAR Founder

Meet our Founder, Dr. Amber Burton


BurtonPhotoAn Oklahoma native, Dr. Burton attended Oklahoma State University, playing for OSU’s collegiate horse Polo Team. In 2006, she was accepted into OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She was an active member of the graduate fraternity of Omega Tau Sigma, and participated in community service activities centered on volunteering and remodeling local animal shelters and humane societies.

After receiving her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2010, she pursued a Shelter Medicine & Surgery Internship at OSU. During the internship, she worked as a shelter veterinarian at the City of Tulsa Animal Welfare, becoming an expert with animal husbandry, infectious disease control, population medicine, and animal cruelty & forensic investigations. She also was involved with teaching Junior Surgery Programs at both Oklahoma State University & the University of Florida.

It was during this internship that Dr. Burton recognized the severe national pet overpopulation and euthanasia crisis, and the desperate need for action. To help reduce unnecessary euthanasia and control animal overpopulation, Dr. Burton became a Shelter Medicine & Surgery Resident for Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. There, she traveled with her team of Veterinary students throughout the state of Mississippi teaching & performing high volume sterilization procedures with partnering local animal shelters.

After completion of her Residency, Dr. Burton relocated to the DC-Maryland-Virginia area to pursue opportunities in animal rescue. Now, she has partnered once again with animal shelters in Mississippi and developed a satellite foster and transport program to the DC area.

In order to facilitate transport, fostering, and other rescue efforts, Dr. Burton founded the Wolf Trap Animal Rescue. The Wolf Trap Animal Rescue works to connect a collective, passionate team of animal rescue activists and volunteers with the mission to rescue, transport, and find homes for puppies at risk of disease and unnecessary euthanasia.