Meet The PPAR Team

Board of Directors

Susan - President

Susan earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business and has been employed as a Business Advisor for over 15 years. 


Susan has always had a love for animals. When she was a young child she was always bringing stray cats and dogs home. Along with rescuing, Susan participated in Dogs Deserve Better Chain Off Event to help raise awareness of the affects of tethering dogs 24/7. She also served as Secretary on Finger Lakes SPCA Board of Directors. Although she has a passion for all animals, her heart belongs to the seniors and special needs. 

“I’m looking forward to and am extremely excited for this new venture in my life. Animals have always been my passion and along this journey of rescuing, I have met some amazing people who share in this passion.”a

Val - Treasurer

Val resides in Savona with her significant other Kenny and their 6 dogs. She works at World Kitchen as a Demand Planner. Val's passion for rescue started 7 years ago after she lost her beloved schnauzer named Indigo. Adopting three rescues, she began fostering for STGNY, the organization she adopted one of her dogs from. Later she fostered for Tanner's PAWS.

Being a part of the Pawz and Purrz team is a great honor for me. It is a perfect opportunity for me to help animals and bring awareness to the community on the issues of puppy mills, irresponsible breeding, and animal cruelty as well as the importance of caring for our pets and being a loving and responsible owner. I look forward to meeting so many wonderful people as we pursue our mission and our goals. ADOPT DON'T SHOP.

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Tina - Vice President

Tina lives in Painted Post with her son Aiden, 2 dogs, and a few cats. 


"I've always loved animals and have had cats since I was a child. My son introduced me to 3 cats and 3 litters of kittens down the street from us here in Painted Post a few years ago. Two of the cats were left behind when people moved and the third was a stray that just showed up.  Several needed medical care and some were old enough to start reproducing themselves...and it wouldn't be long before the adults had another litter as well. That became my first project.  After adopting one of the kittens and taking another to the vet where the end result was euthanasia, I had to do more.  Since then it's been litter after litter whether they found me or I found them. Of course I had help along the way from friends, neighbors, TLC/TNR, and Paradise Garden Animal Haven. This has all become an expensive hobby that I truly love, so I decided to join forces with a handful of others and become Pawz and Purrz Animal Rescue".

Vicki - Secretary

Vicki lives in Painted Post with her husband. She has 2 grown children, 2 dogs and 4 cats. She has worked in education for the past 25 years, first as a Speech Therapist then as a Special Education Teacher. She has been supporting and volunteering with area rescues for many years. She is very excited to be involved with Pawz and Purrz.

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Specialized Volunteers

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    Events Coordinator

    Brenda, with her husband and 5 furbabies, 3 of which were "foster fails".  Brenda has been self employed for 20 years.  She started volunteering with Meals on Wheels and now is with Pawz and Purrz also.  Brenda says, "It's a great feeling to help others.  I am proud to be a part of of PPAR and honored that they asked me to be the Events Coordinator".

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    Rescue Coordinator

    Along with working a full-time job and raising two young children, Amber wears many hats from fostering, assisting with temperament testing, picking up a dog in need and doing home visits.  Amber, along with her husband, have had several fosters and do an outstanding job.  We are proud to have Amber and Troy on our team.

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