We thought it might be fun for our AARF friends and fans to get to know more about our board members and lead volunteers. We’ll be asking them the same questions to learn more about them and how they became involved. Today’s spotlight is on AARF Treasurer, Leeann Whitaker!

What was your first pet? My first pet was a Beagle mix that my parents got when I was around 5 years old. We were living at the farm that had belonged to my great grandparents, so there were always lots of cats around and we always had a dog. My grandparents had cattle, pigs, ducks, chickens, rabbits, cats, and a dog, so I’ve always been around animals.

How did you get involved in rescue? I got involved in rescue when I met Arika through a project at work. A friend called to ask if I might be interested in adopting a dog from BARCS, and Arika was volunteering at BARCS at that time. I adopted Kobe, and Arika asked if I’d be interested in being a board member for a rescue that she was thinking of starting with Sally. The rest is AARF history!

What drew you to AARF? I loved the people who were so passionate about organizing a rescue that would have a solid foundation, responsible members, and was focused on integrity and lifesaving.

What’s your favorite thing about AARF? The loving, wonderful people. And, of course, the animals!

Where do you want to see AARF go? I want to see AARF develop programs to match seniors and veterans with homeless animals.