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meet our team

Ashley Degraaf

Executive Director

Ashley has been a part of the PAWS family for over 5 years. A compassion for those who cannot care for themselves led her to her animal rescue career with neonatal pets, medical cases and behavior pets being her favorite challenges to tackle. Ashley is the pet mom to 4 dogs (Midnight, Lola, Otis, and Wappo), 2 cats (Toots and Cherry), and a number of farm animals.

Kira East

Animal Control Supervisor

Since 2016, Officer East has played vital roles at PAWS, fueled by her unwavering commitment to giving a voice to the voiceless. In her loving home, two adorable pug mixes, a standard poodle, and two feline companions find comfort. Officer East goes above and beyond, fostering kittens during the lively kitten season, showcasing her deep dedication to the well-being of our cherished animal friends.

Supporting staff

Victoria Black 
Executive Assistant/Front Desk Supervisor

Victoria has been an integral part of the PAWS team since October 2022, bringing her passion for animals to life. With a household that includes three dogs—Flap, Frankie, and Ophelia—and a charming cat named Muffin, her love extends beyond the workplace. Victoria finds fulfillment in fostering animals, with a particular joy in nurturing bottle baby kittens. Her dedication to our furry friends is truly heartwarming.


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