MEET OUR FOUNDER/CEO/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MELISSA:
Melissa has been in rescue for about 6 years now. She used to foster for another rescue group here in Central NY who has taught her a lot. Melissa still works closely of the great ladies and some men I think at Rescue Me Purebred K9 Rescue. Check them out @ www.rescuemek9.com
Melissa lives at home with her husband, Justin, 3 children, her dog Butterscotch (a Rescue Me rescue pitbull), Jo-Jo her bird and many foster doggies. Melissa has an open heart for animals, they are all welcome. She decided that fostering was not enough, there were not enough fosters for all the dogs who needed help. She ventured out to lots of paperwork and later signed her Articles of Incorporation to start her own not for profit canine rescue organization. Melissa enjoyed taking in the problem dogs, whom everyone thought was garbage. She started Angels of Fur at the beginning of 2010. Alone she was strapped with all the work and is VERY thankful for her wonderful board who decided to join her in this never ending journey. "Without my board members, volunteers and fosters Angels of Fur would be NOTHING"
Angels of Fur "Saving lives one dogs at a time"
If you need to contact Melissa you can email her at email@example.com
MEET OUR VICE PRESIDENT:
Hi, my name is Tianna Perry I am the Vice President of Angels of fur. After getting out of the military I decided to go down a different career path. I got involved with Angels of Fur while going to school for Veterinary Technician. I love working with animals, and fell in love with one of our rescue dogs shortly after starting. I now have two dogs Mya and Roscoe, two birds Leo and Yoshi and a rabbit, Dexter. I had extra time on my hands and I wanted the chance to help animals and to give back to the community as well.
MEET OUR NETWORKING COORDINATOR KATRINA:
My name is Katrina and I am a hopeless romantic when it comes to dogs. Ironically as a small child I was terrified of canines - all shapes & sizes. This all changed however when my parents dog sat for friends. Enter Bambi, the most beautiful and gentle shepard / collie mix that ever lived. Needless to say I fell head - over - heels in love with her and her owners upon return didn't quite have the heart to take their Bambi away from a 5 year old girl. She was my BFF and constant companion until my senior year in highschool when she passed away. Bambi's legacy remains with me to this day and because of her I have an underlying passion to help those innocent creatures who cannot fend for themselves - from shelters to vet offices, wildlife rehab to horse rescue and now Angels of Fur. Bambi was my animal ambassador and I miss her to this day.
MEET OUR FOSTER CARE DIRECTOR SUNNI:
SUNNI STARTED AS A FOSTER MOM FOR ANGELS OF FUR. SHE SAYS SHE KNEW SHE HAD TO DO MORE WHEN MELISSA BROUGHT HER THAT CUTE LITTLE BALD PUPPY. OLIVIA WAS BATTLING A SEVERE CASE OF MANGE. SUNNI CAME TO VET VISITS, PLUMPED HER UP AND ADOPTED HER. SUNNI WANTED TO CONTINUE TO SAVE DOGGIES JUST LIKE OLIVIA, SO SHE SIGNED ON TO VOLUNTEER AND BECAME A BOARD MEMBER. SUNNI HANDLES ALL OF OUR FOSTERING. SHE HANDLES THE APPLICATIONS, HOME VISITS AND IS THERE FOR SUPPORT WITH OUR FOSTER PARENTS.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN FOSTERING PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT SUNNI @ANGELSOFFUR.COM
MEET OUR EVENT DIRECTOR THERESA:
Hey there! My name is Theresa Luczynski and I am the Event Director for Angels Of Fur! We adopted our first dog ( Bella) in September of 2012 and fell in LOVE! Theres nothing like an adopted dog! She is a huge part of our family ...another kid but with fur and 4 legs :)
While looking for Bella, we learned about Angels Of Fur and what they do for the community! After some convincing, my husband said we can have a "hotel for dogs", So we starting fostering! My whole family loves when we have foster dogs, and Bella too!
After seeing what they do at Angels Of Fur , their goals, values and mission.. I just had to be a part of it! I love to plan fundraisers, events and parties and love animals... So it doesnt get much better than this! :)
MEET OUR MARKETING DIRECTOR
Hello my name is Valarie.
I started working with Angels of Fur in March if 2012. Shortly after I took on the position as Marketing Director.
I have been and animal lover my whole life. I have had many pets of my own. I currently have 3 dogs , Lola, Abby and Buddy. I also have a cat named Bella.They are a perfect addition to our family. Looking for volunteers opportunities, Angels of Fur was a perfect match for me because I was able to give my love to animals while giving back to the community at the same time.
Part of my job with Angels is to take dogs into my home as fosters. This opportunity has shown me that my love and affection for animals is immeasurable!
MEET OUR NETWORKING DIRECTOR GEORGE:
Hello everyone. My name is George Coon and I am the Network Director for Angels. I started on Facebook in April 2011, I ran across the Angels of Fur FB page. Always having been an animal lover and adopting dogs for the last 20 years, I naturally liked the page. At the time there was a puppy named Jacob fighting for his life due to parvovirus! I was so taken by this beautiful puppy fighting to stay alive I donated money to pay for his care and checked the page often to check on his status. The outcome wasn't good. I decided at that time if there were people that cared about a pup that had just been rescued as much as these folks did, I wanted to be part of it! My first event was the Howlfest in 2011. The rest is history. To this day I have a pic of Jacob on my phone.
MEET OUR VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR CHELSEA:
Chelsea was drawn to Angels of Fur after searching on Petfinder for a new puppy, and after reviewing the different adoption and rescue centers that are out there, she instantly felt that adopting a new friend from AOF was the right place. Knowing there are so many animals out there that need a good home, adopting was a no-brainer! After feeling the sense of happiness and joy that Cooper has brought Chelsea, she wanted give back to the place that allowed him to have a chance at a life. Taking time each day to help support the AOF team has been nothing but fun, exciting, and rewarding!Volunteer Coordinator, Angels of Fur
June 2010. Albama rescues Thelma and Louise. Griffiss Airport Rome, NY. A Long and joyous day. RIP sweet girls. We miss you!!