Meet the Team

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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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Director, Medical & Veterinary Care; Treasurer, 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.”


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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 Director of Philanthropy.

With 3 dogs and 4 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!


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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.


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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!!!!

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Christina is our customer service representative.

She adopted a senior special needs Schnauzer named Edel to ensure she would live the rest of her with all the love and care she deserved.

“Joining the rescue completes my need to find all these animals there forever homes where they can live out their days in all love and comfort they deserve!”



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Samantha, much like other team members at 4 Paws 4 Life, has a rescue dog and 2 rescue cats of her own.


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Our Fosters

We would not be able to save any dogs from Death Row without fosters who step in to give these fuzzy friends a temporary home. Whether it is overnight on a Friday — just for a weekend — or until adoption like some of our committed “gold-star” fosters — every open door offered by a foster home will save at least two lives. The first life saved is the dog arriving in Denver. The second life saved is the dog who takes the slot now available at the shelter.


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Our Volunteers

We cannot accomplish anything without our dedicated volunteers. We depend on them to run our adoption events, transport dogs, organize fundraisers, and coordinate logistics on every end of our rescue operations.

Thanks to everyone who joins our mission.


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   Finding us on Google Maps

   Volunteer Vacancies

   Contacting Us

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Who helps us

   Our Team

   Our Partners & Sponsors

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Our Community 

   Success Stories

   2014 Success Video

   Rainbow Bridge


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   Our Videos



   Terms of adoptions