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.
Fundraising & Marketing Coordinator
Growing up in Indiana, Hattie Balmer has had a passion for saving animals since she was a little girl, bringing home any stray she found and begging her parents to keep them. A longtime supporter of Animal House she always knew she wanted to work with rescue dogs and help to give them a better life than they previously knew. When the position opened, she knew with her experience as a business owner and her undying passion for dogs she could make an impact and help the dogs that come through the doors of Animal House.
Hattie’s friends often joke that when they die they want to come back as her dog, as they live quite the spoiled life, whether it is sleeping under the covers, enjoying home-cooked meals or exploring the great outdoors. There is nothing she won’t do for her furbabies and everyone else’s around her. When walking down the street you will find her stopping to greet every dog she passes.
Since accepting the position with Animal House Hattie feels like she has found her true calling and strives to do everything she can to help dogs find their forever homes.
“I wake up every day excited to work. One thing I enjoy when I am at the shelter is sitting with our dogs while working rather than in the office, especially if we have shy dogs who just need a little extra love and attention. Being part of the Animal House team is truly a special experience where everyone comes together to ensure the best care for the dogs in our shelter.”
Development & Grant Coordinator
Lisa’s love for animals has always been her driving force. Lisa not only dedicates her time to helping dogs in need but also works with Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic and volunteers with the W.O.L.F. Sanctuary.
Molly is mom to 2 adorable dogs named Clover & Ginger and their newest addition to the family Salami, a cat from Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic.
Foster & Transfer Coordinator
Jess moved to Fort Collins from St. Louis, MO in 2009 to begin their Bachelor’s in Zoology at Colorado State University. Jess has always had a passion for animal welfare, and between a high school internship at a local veterinarian’s practice and volunteering in wildlife rehabilitation while in undergrad, Jess found such joy in helping people help animals. In 2013, Jess graduated from CSU and began a career at Animal House! Jess has held many positions at Animal House and feels so privileged to get to work alongside incredible volunteers so devoted to the animals. Jess has a special passion for fostering animals and the foster program as well! Jess and their partner Mat have fostered over 60 dogs for Animal House and 5 reptiles (through a local reptile rescue). Jess and Mat share their home with three adopted dogs, one of which was adopted from Animal House in 2015! Jess and Mat enjoy walking their dogs, being couch potatoes and eating tacos.
Grooming Salon Manager
Corey has been grooming pets for over 16 years and been at Animal House since 2007. 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 large salons as well as training new groomers. Following her heart, she transitioned to the non-profit sector with Animal House and loves that her hard work supports homeless animals. Corey has played an active roll in helping Animal House grow into the amazing rescue organization it is today.
Corey specializes in working with dogs that are elderly and with special behavior needs. She takes her time to ensure that each pet is safe and treated with respect. She also enjoys grooming cats and the occasional guinea pig! She loves hand scissoring and constantly strives to improve her grooming abilities.
Coreys spouse Sally and children Rory, Galen, Rowan, and Kieran also share her love of animals. They live with Animal House adoptees Mina, a Standard Poodle mix and Java, the naughtiest Pug on the block. Corey’s oldest son Rory has grown up at Animal House and now spends his summer helping scheduling grooming appointments!
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.
Animal Care SupervisorShealynn has always had an affinity for saving animals. She grew up on a farm and spent much of her childhood rescuing stray animals such as dogs, cats, and even frogs! Originally from New Mexico, she’s a Colorado girl at heart and loves to hike, snowboard, swim and read a great book! Back in New Mexico, her family has a large ranch where she spends her time riding horses, fishing and riding dirt bikes through the desert. She’s worked at a horse rescue, a doggy daycare, and now our shelter. She currently has one dog named Emma who goes on all her adventures, even running races!Shealynn works as the Animal Care Supervisor where she oversees the well-being of our dogs by making sure they are clean, safe and happy!