The most reliable way to get in touch with any of our staff members is through email, each of which is provided below. You can also contact us via phone at (850) 224-9193 during office hours.
Animals have been a part of my life since day one – my parents had three dogs at the time I arrived, and dogs were always a part of our family. My mother tried to get me interested in playing with dolls, but to her dismay, I preferred the company of numerous stuffed animals. I briefly considered a career as a veterinarian, but that was back in “The Dark Ages” when women were STRONGLY discouraged from choosing that profession. My how times have changed for the better!
At one point during my long career as a Registered Nurse, I noticed a poster advertising the need for LCHS foster parents. I already had two dogs, so I could not take any more, but I thought “I can help the cats!”. And so it began.
After roughly 30 years as a nurse, retirement looked very attractive, but I was not ready to become a “lady who lunches”, a diehard gardener, or someone who did handicrafts all day (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). Coincidentally, LCHS was looking for a part time office person to begin work one week after my retirement date. I interviewed, was hired, enjoyed my one week of retirement, and began helping the animals. My years of experience as a nurse helps a lot in caring for sick, injured, or my special interest - neonatal “bottle baby” kittens.
Design nerd, technophile and cat person, Rachel has been in the animal welfare field since 2005. After completing her design degree at FSU, Rachel joined the LCHS team full-time in 2010.
She's most often found at her laptop, impersonating an office cat on the LCHS Facebook page, documenting a foster animal's story or convincing a stubborn bit of website code to behave. Working at LCHS has offered her the opportunity to combine two of her greatest passions - animals and design.
Rachel has one cat named Chatty, who has been a constant source of companionship, laughter and witty banter since she was adopted 8 years ago.
Dog Foster Program Coordinator
I have owned dogs all my life. I have a great respect for the love and loyalty these animals provide to their owners, and I am a staunch advocate for the humane treatment of all animals.
I have a special fondness for bulldog breeds, especially pit bulls, because these breeds are often misunderstood, mishandled, and misrepresented in the media. I have actively participated in statewide programs to educate the public about the crime of dog fighting, to rescue dogs from fight rings, and to offer a cash reward in Florida for tips and information that lead to the arrest of individuals who operate and/or participate in dog fighting rings. The most important job I have is rescuing dogs from shelters and cruelty situations.
I have been working in the animal field since graduating from FSU in 2002. Prior to working professionally with animals, I grew up riding and showing horses, volunteering at a private rescue in South Florida, and trying to save every turtle that crossed the road, every lizard that made its way into our house, and every kitten that our careless neighbors discarded over our fence.
During the summer months of my college years I managed a ranch in Ocala which was heaven for me! Now that I am a wife and mother, one of my greatest accomplishments is watching my own children display their love for animals. My oldest son can at any given time name every cat in the LCHS office and tell you about all of their personalities. It is very important to me that we teach our future generations to love and respect animals and in particular that they learn to understand the importance of spaying/neutering, adoption, and the proper care at every stage of an animals’ life.
Cat Foster Coordinator
From a young age I knew I wanted to work with animals when I “grew up”. When I was about 13, I began volunteering in veterinary clinics, and continued to volunteer at clinics and shelters for almost 10 years.
After graduating from FSU with a B.S. in Biology, I started working at Paws & Claws Veterinary Hospital, where I learned more about the animal rescue field. After I began fostering dogs in 2011, I knew that animal rescue was my passion.
The thing that amazes me most about animals is their ability to forgive and move on, no matter what they have been through. The trust and companionship of a pet is unlike anything else. I am so excited to be working in a field I love so much, where I feel like I can make a difference in animals lives every day. I enjoy talking to and working with like minded people, who also want to help the animals in our community.
I have one dog, named Bullwinkle; he is giant and silly, but loves having foster siblings to play with and teach as much as I do.