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Augusta Dog Adoptions
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Alisha Hammer, Tresurer
I was taught by my mother Frances Hull at an early age to come to the aid of animals in need. Growing up on a farm in rural Highland County, I always had lots of rescue dogs and cats throughout my childhood. I was a founding member of Augusta Dog Adoptions (formerly Chains Hurt). I performed a variety of tasks with Chains Hurt such as bookkeeping, fundraising, and delivering straw and dog houses to chained/penned dogs throughout the area through the Straw for Paws program.
I serve as the Treasurer for Augusta Dog Adoptions and also care for hospice fosters. I share my home with my four legged children: Rose the pit bull, Luke the Mountain Fiest/Mountain Cur mix, and three cats named Sylvia, Fat Mittens, and Jorge.
Sally Williams, Board Member
I am currently a Board Member of Augusta Dog Adoption, previously Chains Hurt. I have 27 years of experience in dog training, rescue, rehabilitation, and showing in the sport of agility. I have taught basic obedience for dogs and puppies through Augusta Parks and Recreation, and have assisted with testing of CGC (Canine Good Citizen, AKC).
My passion in life is Border Collies. I recently had to say good bye to my prize rescue Border Collie, Skylark (pictured). We shared many years together, and among my fondest memories are when Skylark was able to advance to the highest level of agility in AKC, MACH Skylark (Master Agility Champion). My other rescue Border Collie is East of Eden. She just turned 9 and is a very high drive, crazy Border Collie.
I have been able to take my Border Collies and Border collie mixes from neighboring shelters that have gone on to compete in agility. My house is always full of a variety of dogs with a variety of needs. I enjoy working with dogs with behavioral problems and finding them forever homes.
Amy Hammer, President
Amy Hammer co-founded Chains Hurt in 2006, and has played an active role with Augusta Dog Adoptions for many years. A former Animal Control Officer, Amy brings a strong knowledge Virginia animal welfare law to our organization, She was instrumental in the opening of the Shenandoah Animal Regional Service Center where she worked tirelessly helping animals in our community until a full time director was hired. In 2011, she received The Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies. This annual award is presented to an animal control officer who has established a positive relationship and maintained the safety and health within the community, who has made a significant impact on improving the image of the animal control profession within the community, and who has demonstrated overall excellence in the performance of his or her job.
Amy resides in the quiet mountains of Highland County with a peaceful mind and a house full of dogs.
Vanessa Forde, Vice President
Welcome new ADA Vice President for 2014, Vanessa Forde! Vanessa has been a foster mom for ADA for several years, and a dog lover her entire life. She has a special fondness for Pit bulls, Coonhounds, seniors, and special needs medical cases, which makes her a perfect fit for ADA! Vanessa’s goal is to ramp up PR for ADA by getting the media involved in more ADA events, and by offering creative adoption promos that will allow ADA to bring more dogs into our foster program from local pounds. Vanessa is always scouting out the saddest cases she can find. You will often find her using her power tools to make ADA props, or locking herself inside of kennel runs...smooching on dogs. She shares her life with her rescue pitty, Annabelle, ADA hospice hound, Beau, and other foster dogs.
Ashley Snyder, Secretary
Ashley joined ADA in Augusta of 2013! Ashley does too many things throughout the week to list! She coordinates vet appointments and transportation to and from pounds and foster homes, answers phone calls and emails all day, coordinates adoptions, fosters multiple dogs in her home, picks up supplies, attends Petsmart weekly, and watches social media sights for dogs at risk of loosing their life. Did I mention she does all of this while caring for 3 small children while her husband works as a police officer? We are lucky to have the Snyder family on our team for sure!
Becky Halterman, Special Investigations Lead
Becky has volunteered with Augusta Dog Adoptions for over 10 years, and has fostered more dogs than we can count. Her calm demeanor, compassion for both dogs and people, and sound decision making makes her a perfect fit. The growth of our organization requires another set of hands and we are thrilled that Becky has stepped up to assist.