Ali has been involved in the dog world her entire life. Her professional experience began at the age of 13 when she started working at a boarding kennel. Over the next 5 years she handled and groomed show dogs in addition to managing the boarding facility. From there she moved to colorful Colorado to attend Colorado State University.
Once in Colorado she began working in the field of veterinary medicine as a veterinary technician. During Hurricane Katrina she was heavily involved in a 100 animal rescue effort and got hooked! As she continued to foster and train dogs for both local and national organizations, the idea of Animal House Rescue came to light while talking with her close friend, Sandra Risler.
Ali currently shares her home with her rescue pit bull mix Lola.“My life dream has been to help animals in need. Every day I am thankful that I am able to do so. I am fortunate to have my life dream come true and to see it thrive, thanks to the wonderful support Animal House receives.”
Talia Agone, DVM
Talia has been the shelter veterinarian at Animal House since August 2013. Talia obtained her veterinary degree from Colorado State University in May 2013, and her bachelor degree in Zoology from CSU in 2003. She has been volunteering and working with animal shelters since high school, and it is this life saving work that drove her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. In addition to shelter medicine and pet overpopulation issues, Talia is also passionate about providing quality care for geriatric animals.
Talia and her husband are Colorado mountain natives who enjoy spending time in the great outdoors hiking, biking, and gardening. Their four legged kids are an 11 year old Heeler/Pit Bull mix, and four senior kitties. They also share their home with various foster animals most days of the year.
There is never a dull moment at Animal House, and Talia absolutely loves working with all the wonderful people and dogs that find their way into the shelter. She is constantly amazed by the compassion and dedication of the volunteers and staff that she is so privileged to work with through this incredible organization.
Jess was raised in St. Louis, MO, where she began her career with animals as a high school intern at a local veterinarians practice. When a volunteer from a local puppy mill rescue came into the clinic with rescued dogs needing surgery, Jess immediately struck up a conversation that would change her life. Her passion for animal welfare, and dog rescue specifically, was born!
After volunteering at various local human societies and a wildlife rehabilitation center, Jess moved to Fort Collins in 2009 to begin her undergraduate studies at CSU. After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology, Jess decided to stay put in Fort Collins, she could not part with the mountains!
In August 2013, Jess joined the staff at Animal House as an Animal Care Associate and fell in love with the staff, volunteers, and community supporters that surround the shelter. In August 2014, Jess took in her first foster dog and was hooked, and applied to join our Senior Staff. After serving as Animal House’s Assistant Shelter Manager and Foster Care Coordinator for three years, Jess accepted the Shelter Manager position in May 2018.
Jess and her husband Matias have three dogs of their own (one adopted from Animal House) and tend to have a fourth foster dog running about as well. Jess and Mat enjoy walking their dogs, being couch potatoes at home, and eating tacos.
Grooming Salon Manager
Corey has been grooming family pets for over 15 years and the last 10 with Animal House. She began her career as a groomer in the corporate sector which has given her a wide spectrum of experience and knowledge. Prior experiences include managing and re-organizing multiple large salons as well as training new groomers at large grooming facilities. Following her heart, she transitioned to the non-profit sector with Animal House and loves that her hard work supports homeless animals.
Corey specializes in working with dogs that are elderly and with special needs. She takes her time to ensure that each pet is safe and treated with respect. She also enjoys grooming cats! She loves hand scissoring and constantly strives to improve her grooming abilities.
Corey’s spouse Sally and children Rory, Galen, Rowan, and Kieran also share her love of animals. They live with Animal House adoptee Mina, a Standard Poodle mix.
Hilary’s dedication to helping animals started at the age of 14 when she began volunteering for the San Diego Humane Society. It was there that she adopted her first shelter dog and discovered the joys of volunteering. She received her DVM from Colorado State University in 1999 and practiced small animal medicine, with a focus on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, for 10 years. Her passion for animal welfare then led her to consider working for an animal rescue organization.
In 2009, she decided to make a career change and happily took on the role of Volunteer Manager at the Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic, where she worked until 2016. After taking a year off to help a family member, Hilary joined the staff Animal House in the spring 2017.Hilary feels especially fortunate to be able to work with volunteers, staff, and supporters who share her passion for taking care of animals and making the world a kinder place for them. She is committed to strengthening the volunteer program at Animal House while making sure that volunteers receive the support and appreciation they so deserve.
Hilary and her family share their home with 2 rescued dogs, 5 rescued cats, her moms Welsh Corgi, and 3 happy hens.