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Our Team

Each of our team members is also a handler. Let’s face it, we can’t be a part of Paws-to-Share without loving animals. We believe in what we do, and know that everyone who wants an animal should be able to have one — or at least feel like they do!

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Isabella Donate

Territory Manager, Temecula Valley

Ever since I was little I had a passion for paws. I’m thankful to have the opportunity to utilize that passion to continue to work with animals as an adult. “Love what you do and never work a day in your life;” this pawpular quote is all too true if you ask me!

 

I am blessed to have a supportive husband that encourages me to follow my passion. Together we have rescued several dogs who were abandoned, fostered pregnant dogs and cared for litters; all in which have found their fur-ever homes. Many of these dogs I had the opportunity to train to ensure they have popper base skill sets & training prior to adoption. One day we hope to embark in our own journey someday to form an all breed dog rescue.

 

I always believed that animals souls are genuine and special. This came full circle when I adopted my own furry companion Fuzzy-Bear. Fuzzy-Bear is more than just a dog; he’s been my strength, my extra shoulder to lean on and so much more! I am humbled by the opportunity to be able to share Fuzzy-Bear with so many people with Paws-To-Share. We look forward to meeting you!

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Jaime Goldfarb, Ph.D.

President/Territory Manager, Orange County, Santa Clara and Northern CA

I’m exceptionally fortunate; for as long as I can remember I’ve been surrounded by a loving family—complete with animals to complete the picture.  My life is enveloped by my loving wife, two loving daughters, and two loving dogs — Mia and Lila, and two loving (yes, loving) cats — Milo and Toulouse. 
 

But as fortunate as I am, I’m also surrounded by loved ones who were not in the same boat — within a single week, my daughters shared how much they missed our animals while at school, my mother, who’s in an Assisted Living Facility, bemoaned not having pets around, and my Nephew, an apartment dweller, was looking longingly at Scottie’s online to make up for the fact he couldn’t have one.  So in that week, the idea that became Paws-to-Share was born; because we should all be that fortunate to share the love of a pet.

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Mindy Gould

Territory Manager: Riverside

Hello, I'm Mindy Gould. You'll often see me at visits with my handsome Bengal service cat Popcorn, a large cuddly rescue cat Vanilla Ice, any assortment of adoptable cats/kittens and/or a rescued chiweenie Pumpkin.  I have a Master's Degree in Education and Learning, Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, and an Associate degree in premed. 

I am a former special education and mentor teacher.  I developed a high school girl's wrestling program and was the head coach. Since retiring, I continue to coach girl's wrestling, am a professional cat behavior coach, volunteer CEO of Act 2 Rescue and a Paws to Share cat and dog handler and territory manager. The rescue I founded two years ago, Act 2 Rescue, has helped over 500 cats.

I have worked with Paws to Share since 2019. I started with my two cats, Piggy & Fozzie, as well as Pumpkin. I enjoy working with Paws to Share because it gives me the opportunity to continue working with students and the public spreading joy with our animals. I am grateful for the time I get to discuss training cats, rescue work, and answering visitors’ questions. Paws to Share has given me the opportunity to pursue my passion of bringing positive energy to the world around me.  As a territory manager, I also get to help others enjoy this opportunity that is so deeply fulfilling. Few things can compare to seeing joy spread across visitors’ faces when they see the animals. It is truly a rewarding experience. 
 

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Shari Kiefer

Director of Finance

I am a Certified Accounting Paraprofessional and have produced financials for a variety of industries.  I have a long history of volunteerism and was a local disaster response volunteer for the American Red Cross for many years.  I am a southern California native and love to travel, and there has not been a year of my life that I have not shared with dogs or cats.  

I began with Paws-to-Share in early 2019 and while I stay in the "back office" I love to see the faces of people enjoying our pets and am thrilled we made it through the pandemic stronger than ever!

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Amanda Arp

Territory Manager, Los Angeles, Part I

Amanda's life has been intricately woven with her profound love for animals, shaping her into a compassionate and dedicated pet enthusiast. From her earliest memories, she found solace and joy in the company of furry companions, fostering a deep understanding of their needs and emotions.

 

Whether volunteering at local animal shelters, advocating for animal rights, or simply showering her own pets with unwavering affection, Amanda's passion knows no bounds. Her commitment to the well-being of all creatures great and small serves as a guiding force in both her personal and professional endeavors, making her not only a beloved pet owner but also a beacon of empathy and kindness in her community.

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Earl Arp

Territory Manager, Los Angeles, The Lesser Half

In the quaint village of Eldoria, nestled amidst rolling hills and whispering pines, lived Earl—a peculiar soul who was the product of an unlikely union between a human and a gnome. Standing at a mere three and a half feet tall, Earl inherited the whimsical charm of his gnome heritage, yet possessed the sturdy frame and resilience of his human lineage. Despite his unique appearance, Earl was embraced by the villagers, who admired his kindness and unwavering optimism.

Earl spent his days tending to his garden, where vibrant blooms and curious plants flourished under his care. His green thumb was renowned far and wide, and travelers often marveled at the enchanting beauty of his botanical haven. Yet, Earl's true gift lay not in his horticultural prowess but in his ability to bring joy to others with his infectious laughter and warm heart. Children would gather around him, captivated by his tales of whimsical adventures and enchanted forests.

Though Earl may have been a half-gnome, he was wholly loved by all who knew him. His presence brought a touch of magic to the village of Eldoria, reminding its inhabitants that true beauty lies not in appearances but in the kindness and generosity of spirit that dwells within. And so, Earl continued to bloom alongside his beloved garden, a testament to the extraordinary power of love and acceptance in a world where differences often divide.

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