Our Team

Toni, Founder & Chair, Board of Directors

Despite never being in the same city on any given day of the week, Toni sprouted and nurtured one of the most successful animal rescue organizations in Colorado. Toni’s inspiration is her beloved rescue dalmatian Cee Cee, who passed on to the Rainbow Bridge in 2006.

While her day job as a traveling nurse anesthetist keeps her absurdly busy, she somehow finds the spare hours to stay involved with all facets of the organization as a volunteer board member. With the few snippets of time that she has left, she enjoys spending those minutes with her husband and her very spoiled Shih Tzus Cinco, Kona, and Vera.

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Tina, Director, Medical & Veterinary Care; Vice Chair, Board of Directors

Tina is from Manhattan, Kansas (aka The Little Apple!).  She lives now in Denver with her husband, newborn daughter and their 2 dogs, Sophie, a yellow lab and Cowboy,  a beautiful 130 pound RESCUE Great Pyrenees.

She has a degree in Marketing and International Business and worked in medical sales until she decided to start a family.  She fosters many dogs for 4 Paws 4 Life Rescue as well as taking on many other daily operational tasks, including treasurer of the Board of Directors.

“I grew up with animals because my dad was a veterinarian. I started fostering in 2012 and soon realized I had a passion for dog rescue. It is such a great feeling to see your foster dog get adopted and find their loving forever homes.”

Email: Tina@4p4l.org


Katie, Member, Board of Directors

Hello! I’m a 4 Paws 4 Life volunteer. My home is filled with love from my three pups! George Jones is a rescued Greyhound from the Colorado Greyhound Rescue. Ruby Tuesday, on my lap, is a rescue from California. Mojo is a Rat Terrier that I have had for 12 years. I am passionate about working with the rescue dogs through 4 Paws 4 Life Rescue.

I thoroughly enjoy the time I spend with our volunteers, fosters and adoption coordinators….they all are very special people who love what they do! Their significant others deserve thanks for putting up with us “crazy dog people” !!!!! Kisses to all of them! Through the efforts of everyone, we have rescued approximately 1500+ doggies and many more in the future. I want to say a huge thank you to all the wonderful adopters that have added our dogs into their loving families! There is a special place in heaven for all of you!!!!

meSuzie, Administration

Suzie helps keep our community informed and engaged with social media.

She is also responsible for following up with every single adopter to ensure everyone is adjusting well and answers all of their new questions.

Email: Suzie@4p4l.org


Lulu at the office copyJoanne, Fundraising and Administration

Joanne rescued her first dog at the age of 8 years old and was a perfect fit for 4 Paws 4 Life Rescue. She joined our team in January 2014 where her primary responsibilities included overseeing the administrative guidelines of the rescue, ensuring standards were met.  She has recently taken over the role of Fundraising & Events Manager.

With 3 dogs and 3 cats of her own, Joanne is constantly fostering homeless animals and doing what she can to help get them off the streets and back to health.  Animal rescue is definitely her passion!

Email: joanne@4p4l.org


melissa photoMelissa, Denver Foster Coordinator

Melissa began fostering rescue dogs in 2011 and fell in love with every rescue! She recently received a certificate in Animals and Human Health to compliment her degree in social work. She has a long history in non-profit work and advocacy. As a huge believer in the powerful bond between animals and humans, Melissa loves getting others involved in rescue work. Email: melissa@4p4l.org


Samantha, DenSamantha and pups copyver Event Team Member
Samantha, much like other team members at 4 Paws 4 Life, has a rescue dog and 2 rescue cats of her own.

Email: samantha@4p4l.org






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Kim, Adoption Coordinator

Kim is the Adoption Coordinator for Four Paws For Life and has been with our organization since 2014.  She and her family enjoy their two pups, Buddy and Penny.

Email: adopt@4p4l.org