Meet the Staff

  • Ali Eccleston

    Ali Eccleston

    Executive Director

    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 Agone, DVM

    Shelter Veterinarian

    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.

     

  • Hattie Balmer

    Hattie Balmer

    Development & 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.”

  • Laura Johnson

    Laura Johnson

    Foster Care Coordinator

    Laura was born and raised right here in Fort Collins, Colorado. Having a passion for animals big and small she attended CSU and graduated with her degrees in Biological Science and Equine Science in 2016. She first joined the Animal House team in 2013 as an Animal Care staff member. Laura quickly fell in love with animal rescue and intends to become a shelter veterinarian. Laura accepted the position of Foster Care Coordinator in 2018 and hasnt looked back!

    Laura smothers her two cats and horse with love and occasionally welcomes a foster dog into the family. She enjoys horseback riding, camping, and all things outdoors.

  • Corey Pantano-Fryar

    Corey Pantano-Fryar

    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 Allen

    Hilary Allen

    Volunteer Coordinator

    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.