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 husband Tim and 2 rescue dogs, her pit bull mix, Lola; and her Bernese Mountain Dog, Wally.
“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.”
Stephanie grew up in Boulder County and relocated to Fort Collins in 2007. She is a 2007 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with degrees in Liberal Arts and Elementary Education. With a background in education and retail management, Stephanie is excited to be following her life passion to work with animals in need.She joined the Animal House volunteer team as an event lead and foster home for puppies and special needs dogs and joined the staff as Shelter Manager in 2012.
Stephanie and her husband Nate have a young daughter, Adeline and two rescue dogs, Ella and Mister Wiggles. Stephanie and her family enjoy hiking, biking, camping, watching baseball and traveling.
Development and Event Manager
Cary grew up in Broomfield, Colorado always surrounded by family pets. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a duel B.A. in Journalism and Communications and an M.A. in Communications. After graduation Cary worked for a small animal veterinary clinic, that also did wildlife rehabilitation, and volunteered time with multiple humane societies and rescues. She realized a career in nonprofit work, specifically benefiting animals and the environment, was her calling. Her sixteen years of nonprofit experience include twelve in animal welfare. From 2002-2010 she served as the Marketing, Community Outreach and Volunteer Program Manager at Larimer Humane Society, has served as the Director of Marketing and Communications at W.O.L.F. Sanctuary and joined the staff at Animal House in March 2014.
Her specialties include marketing and public relations, event coordination, fundraising, social media, community relations, grant writing and volunteer management. Cary earned the Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) credential in 2010 and completed a Nonprofit Management Certificate at Front Range Community College in 2012.
In her free time Cary enjoys hiking (including the Colorado 14er’s), biking, and reading. She’s also working on running a half marathon in all 50 states (34 done). Her family includes husband Jeremy, three rescued dogs (Tucker, Willow Rae and Monroe) and three shelter cats (Milo, Piper Sue and Ember Lee).
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.
Assistant Shelter Manager and Foster Care Coordinator
Jess was raised in St. Louis, MO, where she began her career with animals as a high school intern at a local veterinarian’s 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 degree in Biology and 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. Jess looks forward to continuing her impact in the world of animal rescue serving the dogs in our shelter and in foster homes!
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.
Volunteer and Enrichment Coordinator
With help from many people, Kim runs the volunteer program (play with people) and makes sure that the dogs are mentally stimulated and challenged (play with dogs).
Rescuing her first baby squirrel at age five, Kim was hooked. Since then a veritable Noah’s Ark of critters have hopped, trotted and slithered through her life, teaching her about the power of trust and connection.There is something real and redemptive about interacting with other species in a positive way that has continued to motivate Kim. Growing up in a small town in South Dakota, Kim volunteered at a local vet clinic and helped on a cousins’ farm. When it came time for graduation, she decided to study wildlife biology at Colorado State University.
After falling in love with the mountains, she never looked back working several decades for the State Parks Department, teaching, milking cows and opening a small business. Kim began volunteering with Animal House in 2010. Kim joined the staff in 2011 and became the Volunteer and Enrichment Coordinator in 2012, believing it is her dream job! She loves working with staff willing to come in on their days off to give the dogs extra attention and with volunteers who give countless hours and open hearts to our dogs.
Kim looks forward to coming in to work everyday and looks forward to a day when Animal House is no longer needed because our goal of creating a community where every dog is valued and loved has been accomplished.
Grooming Salon Manager
Corey has been grooming family pets for over 12 years and the last 7 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, and Rowan also share her love of animals. They live with Animal House adoptee Diego, a Standard Poodle.
Whitney has been grooming at Animal House for four years. She believes it is the best job she has ever had and she loves working at Animal House. Whitney has been a resident of Colorado for 32 years, 24 of those in Fort Collins. She has always loved animals, especially dogs, and began working with them in 2003. She has been grooming for 10 years. She adopted two rescues, a long haired dachshund named Noogie and a chiweenie named Snickers.
Besides grooming, Whitney is active with Fort Collins Girls Gone Derby (derby name: Battle E. Portman) and has been skating for 8 seasons. She married her husband Dann in September 2014. Whitney also enjoys riding her bicycle around Fort Collins and participating in 5Kraces, mostly those with costumes, mud, or that benefit animals!