Category: “Volunteer of the Month”

August Volunteers of the Month: The Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is a group of extremely dedicated volunteers who allow PawsCo to help as many animals in need as possible through spay/neuter outreach, pet food drives, and adoptions.

An enormous thank you to this incredible team!


Adrienne Lanz, Associate Foster Director

Aida Aguado, Associate Marketing/Communications Director

Amanda Crocker, Associate Events Director

Amanda Dittmer, Events Director

Amanda Halliday, Associate Technology Director

Andrea Fogel, Pet Food Drive Director

Andy Frohardt, Legal Director

Ashleigh Sealing, HR Director

Brooke Bronson, Associate Events Director

Carrie Odberg, Associate Events Director

Cliff Olin, Associate Bio Director

Deanna Hurt, Photography Director

Jacquelyn Pyun, Development Director

Kaela Basse, Associate Volunteer Director

Kate Goldberg, Associate Adoption Director

Katelyn Massey, Foster Director

Katie Marshall, Partnerships Director

Katie Meyer, Volunteer Director

Kelly Reid, Associate Pet Food Drive Director

Kim Warda, Marketing/Communications Director

Lisa Frazer, Vet Care Director

Liz Fagen, Shelter Relations Director

Malissa Spero, TNR Director

Megan Davan, Associate Transport Director

Melissa Stolt, Training Director

Nick Creadon, Associate Development Director

Rachel Dembrun, Technology Director

Sarah Kubacki, Associate Vet Care Director

Sarah Rumple, Bio Director

Stephanie Davis, Associate Technology Director

Taylor Johnson, Adoption Director

Victoria Francis, Intake Director

July Volunteer of the Month: Kristina Schomer

VOMKristinaSchomer“Kristina has been a huge asset to the Vet Care Team for over a year now,” says Sarah Kubacki, PawsCo Associate Vet Care Director. “Not only does Kristina help our team communicate vetting needs to our fosters and completes a ton of data entry in a timely fashion, but she also volunteers her time at intake on a regular basis. Kristina goes over and beyond and is always willing to help other team members and take on new tasks, always with a smile. We are very fortunate to have her on our team.”

Kristina says she first got involved with PawsCo because she “wanted to find an organization to volunteer with that had a clear process and structure for how they help animals.” And she found that with PawsCo by volunteering with the Vet Team.

She enjoys getting to meet the animals and all the amazing fosters during intake, and helping guide them through the pre-adoption process.

“I’ve gotten to learn so much about animal clinical care, in addition to working with and learning about the veterinary partners across the Denver Metro area,” she says. “It has been very personally fulfilling to see the care and attention that each animal receives … and getting puppy kisses occasionally is just icing on the cake!”

May Volunteer of the Month: Jacque Eischens

Jacque VOM MayJacque is one of PawsCo’s awesome remote volunteers, and she helps with the important and loving task of handwriting thank-you letters.

“I love being a part of PawsCo as a long-distance volunteer,” she says. “Volunteering with PawsCo means I can help save animals’ lives despite having few free daytime hours.”

Thanks so much for helping PawsCo, Jacque!

April Volunteer of the Month: Kathryn Whartenby

KathrynPawsCo can always count on Kathryn to offer help ­– and she even does it with a smile on her face!

“She is always one of the first to raise her hand and say ‘I can do it’,” says PawsCo Events Director Jessica Missun. “Her spirit is contagious and her passion for saving animals is infectious.”

Thanks for all you do Kathryn!

March Volunteer of the Month: Amy Crawford

AmyCrawfordBy: Victoria Francis

A freedom ride is a life changing event in the life of a rescue animal, and Amy Crawford is always there to greet the newest PawsCo member with love and the reassuring words: “You are free, nobody will ever hurt you again, and you are going to be loved the rest of your life.” During her time as a PawsCo volunteer Amy has been part of the Transport Team helping with everything from shelter pickups to vet appointments, “Amy is such an outstanding member of the Transport Team and always willing to help an animal in need,” said Katelyn Massey, transport director.

For Amy, rescuing animals is an opportunity to fall in love, “I can’t help but fall in love with every single dog I have spent time with, even if it’s just for a few short hours,” Amy said. When she’s not loving newly rescued pups, Amy is giving love to her children—canine and human alike—at home, “I’m so grateful for my two boys who have always had a deep compassion for animals,” Amy said. “I hope that my passion to help dogs is surpassed only by my ability to help shut down puppy mills, give as many dogs as possible their freedom rides, and to help out the amazing fosters that are the true heroes along with the rest of the PawsCo staff.”

PawsCo is proud to have such amazing volunteers like Amy who are dedicated to saving lives, “[Amy] often volunteers multiple times per month—at least once per week—which makes her a truly invaluable part of the team!” said Katelyn. “We are so lucky to have a volunteer like Amy.”

February Volunteer of the Month: Donna Tunis

DonnaTunisDonna is an amazing, always helpful member of the vet team, plus she assists with TNR and is a rock-star kitty foster! This lady truly does it all, and she does it with love.

The vet team says Donna’s calm and relaxed demeanor helps intake (which can be fairly chaotic) go more smoothly. And she’ll often give fosters a loving smooch after their vaccinations – what a sweetheart!

Donna loves all animals, but she says her “heart and soul is with cats.” In less than a year, Donna has already fostered 10 kitties through PawsCo! Plus, she volunteers at a cat shelter in Lakewood and she has four cats at home, including one with special needs.

Donna knew for a long time that she wanted to work with animals, but it wasn’t until getting let go from work after an injury that she decided to go back to school for an associate degree in veterinary technology. Now as a vet tech she loves what she does and where she works!

“I am all about rescuing and helping as many animals as possible,” Donna says. “I look forward to continue helping such an awesome organization.”