Today’s spotlight is on Rachel Studie, one of AARF’s primary events coordinators! During the spotlight, we ask a different board member and lead volunteer the same five questions to learn more about them and how they became involved with rescue and AARF.

What was your first pet? Growing up, we had a Chihuahua mix named Bambi and a rescued Greyhound named Blaze.

How did you get involved in rescue? I’ve always had a deep love for animals. One day, I was driving on a very busy road and I came across a dog running in and out of traffic. The dog ran over to the side of the road and I was able to pull over and get him. He was scared but then jumped right in my car. I knew someone must be missing him. He had a microchip on him and he just so happened to be a lost AARFie! He was reunited with his owners and I felt so relieved and happy. It was then that I felt wanted to pursue helping animals in my community.

What drew you to AARF? After I reunited the lost dog, Bruno, I spoke with, Jackie Orwig, who introduced me to AARF and asked if I wanted to join the team. I thought why not? This was the opportunity I was looking for!

What’s your favorite thing about AARF? My favorite thing about AARF is the wonderful volunteers! I love that I get to share my passion for saving animals with an amazing group of people who are driven to the same mission.

Where do you want to see AARF go? I would love to see AARF grow even more. Whether it’s through volunteering, fostering, educating or community outreach, I think AARF’s future is very bright and I’m excited to be a part of it and see where it goes!