During the AARF 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. Today’s spotlight is on Carol Hyman, who is our director of philanthropy!

What was your first pet? I grew up in an apartment that didn’t allow cats and dogs, so we had a parakeet named Tweety. He had a cage but the door was open and he flew around the house.

How did you get involved in rescue? I used to like to go see the cats at the local Petco in San Rafael, California. The next thing I knew I was helping out. From there I started feeding ferals and transporting dogs and a few cats from high kill shelters in Southern California and Oakland to rescues in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Arizona.

What drew you to AARF? Bart Kennedy! I volunteer at BARCS, but he thought my writing and public relations skills would be useful to AARF.

What’s your favorite thing about AARF? Its relationships with the area’s shelters. We are all in this together and I love the cooperation and team effort to save animals.

Where do you want to see AARF go? I’d like us to continue to reach out to get more foster homes. In addition, I’d love for us to raise more money at our fundraisers by appealing to more people. I think we are headed in the right direction by having events in many areas of the city and suburbs, and different types of events to appeal to lots of people.