Anne is Paws for Life’s dog behavior and adoptions coordinator. As a full-time dog trainer working toward her certification, Anne’s knowledge and experience is critical to helping Paws for Life’s rescue dogs learn appropriate manners and to solve any behavior problems. Anne works with both foster care homes and permanent adopters to make sure the dogs are adjusting well. She has fostered adoptable cats and dogs for Paws for Life, taking on some of our most challenging pups. Anne is also our lead adoptions counselor on the Dog Team, reviewing and approving applications and placing dogs in their forever homes. Anne also serves on the fundraising team, supporting events and gathering in-kind donations. Anne’s household consists of her boyfriend Joe and their foster dog, turned permanent dog, Ginny Grace. When she isn’t working or volunteering, Anne likes to train and spend time with her personal dogs and foster dogs, go for hikes and spend time with her human friends and family. Anne’s advice for those who want to volunteer in animal rescue: “Please don’t hesitate. The animals need you now and we are happy to have you come aboard. We will find you a spot in the rescue to support lifesaving efforts in whichever ways best suit you! Whether it is working with cats, dogs, running adoptions, helping fundraise, transporting animals to adoption events, fostering or dog walking, we have you covered. One thing I struggled with at first was finding balance – I dove in face-first and quickly devoted my entire life to rescue, which I’d never change, even if I could go back in time. It was so rewarding that I sometimes forgot to take care of myself, too, but luckily, our director and fellow volunteers in the rescue supported me and helped me to avoid something we call ‘burn out.’ They helped me establish a better balance. My biggest piece of advice to a new volunteer is to make sure to find your balance early on. PFL is wonderful at taking care of its volunteers and making sure we are able to stay volunteers for as long as possible."