The Heart and Soul of Living Free

“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.” – A.A. Milne

We pride ourselves on listening. Our team empathizes with the journey that each animal has been on before they arrive here. We get to know their unique personalities, and we make sure they feel at home until they find their forever family.

Ray Barmore - Facilities Supervisor & Equine Manager
Ray Barmore - Facilities Supervisor & Equine Manager
“I camped here as boy so, for me, coming to Living Free is like coming home. I get to work with people that share the same goals and values and am blessed to be part of it.”
Dawn DeKeyser - Creative Consultant
Dawn DeKeyser - Creative Consultant
Anne Lamott wrote, “My idea of absolute happiness is to be in bed on a rainy day with my blankie, my cat and my dog.” Yes to all that.
Maia Dugan - Animal Caretaker
Maia Dugan - Animal Caretaker
“Animals have always been a large part of my life. You give them love and understanding, they will give you tenfold back.”
Steve Edelstein - Animal Caregiver
Steve Edelstein - Animal Caregiver
“It’s wonderful to know that what you do makes a difference for another creature’s happiness, safety and well-being.”
Peg Gallo - Animal Caretaker
Peg Gallo - Animal Caretaker
Peg is a no-nonsense straight-shooter. We appreciate that. And the critters love her like crazy.
Randall Harris - President & Board Member
Randall Harris - President & Board Member
“It is a privilege to work with this team, and to help save every life we can. The dogs and cats are our responsibility, and our greatest reward.”
Tangie Miller - Dir. of Administrative Services
Tangie Miller - Dir. of Administrative Services
“After 27 years in the banking industry, I am now using the same skill set in Administration… but this time, it’s for a cause that’s close to my heart.”
Edgar Santiago - Kennel Supervisor
Edgar Santiago - Kennel Supervisor
“From a very early age, I knew I would be doing something to help animals. I love our mission and being able to save these precious lives.”
Rudy Nunez - Sr. Groundskeeper
Rudy Nunez - Sr. Groundskeeper
“This place has a kind of special feel, like magic. I love wildlife, love the animals, love the mission and am very proud to be on this team.”
Jennie Rayner - Volunteer Coordinator
Jennie Rayner - Volunteer Coordinator
“Spending time here refreshes my soul. One of my joys is sharing with people how the power of volunteering can make a difference in the lives of the animals.”
Doug Reich - Animal Caregiver
Doug Reich - Animal Caregiver
Resident cat whisperer and occasional Sam Elliot look-alike.
Raul Rivas - Animal Caregiver
Raul Rivas - Animal Caregiver
Tony White - Maintenance Supervisor
Tony White - Maintenance Supervisor
“My spirit is enriched to be part of Living Free, connecting with the animals, sharing such love.”
Hayley Williams - Animal Caregiver
Hayley Williams - Animal Caregiver
Matt Worthington - Cattery Supervisor
Matt Worthington - Cattery Supervisor
“Sometimes it’s like I am no longer a man to them, just a bigger cat. And that’s when I know I’m exactly where I am supposed to be.”

Board of Directors

Rodney Mims Cook Jr.
Rodney Mims Cook Jr.Board Member
Larry Echelmeyer
Larry EchelmeyerBoard Secretary
Randall Harris
Randall HarrisBoard Member
Edward O'Rourke
Edward O'RourkeBoard Chairman
Maggie Slater
Maggie SlaterBoard Treasurer

Volunteers

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill