Renee’s journey with the Humane Society of Boulder Valley began in 1991. At that time joining a small team of Dog Kennel Assistants. As the organization grew, so did the volunteer opportunities. She was a foster parent too many puppies, and small mammals and a HSBV Representative for PetLine9. In 1999, she initiated the Pet Visitation and Animal Assisted Therapy programs during its 10-year existence. She began transferring adoptable animals from overcrowded shelters in the Colorado area in 2009. Assisted the Behavior and Health team, and has shared her talents as a Puttin’ on the Leash Assistant. She is currently working as a Training and Behavior Coordinator, and a class instructor for our Puppy Prep Classes.
Recognized with the honor of being awarded “Humanitarian of the Year” in 2019, “Distinguished Service” in 2011, “Leadership” in 2008, and “Unsung Hero” in 2003. Her growing curiosity with the science of animal behavior combined with a passion for helping animals succeed in the shelter system, she began attending classes, attending professional dog training conferences and seeking professional certification. Renee is a graduate of Karen Pryor’s Academy Dog Professional Program and is currently pursuing a CPDT-KA certification.
She has shared her home with many shelter alumni and currently resides with her husband, two children, a grandchild, two dogs (Biscuit & Pebbles) and three guinea pigs (Handsome Sylvester, Macho Mike, and Popcorn Pete).