HAPPY TAILS 2020 DRAWING AUGUST 29 AT 11AM ON FACEBOOK LIVE
Mary Jo Shauinger
Mike Bosley moved to the White Mountains along with his other half, Adria Acosta, from Kodiak Alaska, after many years as a commercial fisherman. Mike and Adria managed White Mountain Purified Water and Ice and grew it into The Pour Station, a coffee shop in Show Low. Mike and Adria have 3 fur babies, Saltery, Zacher, and Kiliuda (all named after locations on Kodiak Island). Mike and Adria recently welcomed a baby boy, Talon Antonio, to make their family complete. Mike has served on various Board of Directors around town and currently is the chairperson for Derby Down the Deuce. Mike can be seen helping out in the community doing various services such as a DJ, emcee, auctioneering, or hosting a show on the local TV station. Mike Bosley joined the Board of Directors in 2018.
Notwithstanding his extraordinarily busy work schedule, Mr. Carter finds time to serve as Treasurer and former Vice President of the Governing Board of Directors for the Humane Society of the White Mountains where he has also served on their Finance, Budget, and Building Committees. Being a private pilot, Mr. Carter has also volunteered his time and airplane to fly animals to rescues for the Humane Society to find their forever homes. Mr. Carter also served on the Advisory Council for Northland Pioneer College's Construction Technology Program. Lastly for recreation, Mr. Carter and Whiteriver Construction sponsor (and Jason has played on) Volleyball, Softball and Bowling Leagues and Teams for the City of Show Low and Town of Pinetop-Lakeside.
I live in Lakeside with my partner Traci. I’ve had two full-time careers in my life – I am a retired Sgt. from Tempe Police Dept. After, Traci and I started up a landscape construction business in the Valley. We ran that business for several years and retired to the White Mountains in 2011.
I got involved shortly after we moved here. I started as a volunteer and have done many “jobs” while at HSWM, to include, the Volunteer Coordinator; Critter Camp Director; Newsletter Editor; Board of Directors Secretary; and now I love working in the PAWS Clinic!
I used to tell new volunteers that HSWM gets into your soul and it sure does! I love HSWM and the people associated with it! I proudly proclaim to be a failed foster a few times over and now I live with 3 rescue dogs…2 came from HSWM. I hope to remain involved with HSWM for several years to come!
Hello, I’m Laurie Palazzolo. I have been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 1993. If I’m not out in the great outdoors, or with animals, I’m not truly happy! I have been a Surgical Technician in the P.A.W.S. Clinic since 2010. When I’m not working, I volunteer my time to HSWM as a Board Member, Medical Foster and “Spot” the Parade Dog. If I’m not helping rescue animals, I am out rescuing people on the Navajo County Search and Rescue, Inc. Team.
Thank goodness I have a great family that understands my crazy life and supports me! I think if I were a dog, I would be a Border Collie; high spirited, high energy, and always needing something to do.
My name is Jamie Dye, and here is a little bit of history (there’s sooooo much since I am sooooo old! LOL). I have lived in the White Mountains since 2000 and love our town! I am married and have 4 children: Karley, Jonathan, Leah, and baby Abigail in Heaven. I also have 1 grandson, Owen, 2 ½, and he is my favorite pastime!
I am a special education elementary teacher, teaching students with severe special needs, emotional behavior disorders, and non-verbal autism. I have a B.S. in regular education, a B.S. in Special Education K-8, and an M.A. in Autism Spectrum Disorders. I also have an endorsement to work with students who do not have English as a first language, and I am currently pursuing my certification in teaching students with visual impairments.
During my spare time, my family and I love to hunt, fish, and travel. We enjoy getting out in the community and seeing what our local environment can show us.
I love animals and have always been a strong advocate for them. Before moving to the White Mountains, I worked at Out of Africa Wildlife Park and was in charge of “Herp, Chirp, and Fur”, meaning reptiles, birds, and any mammals that were not considered “big cats”. This included anacondas, Malaysian water monitors (2nd largest to the Komodo), bears, wolves, cougars, hyenas, and too many exotics to list. We swam with many of them and worked on as much enrichment as possible to make their lives happy.
This is my 11th year volunteering at the shelter, and I love it! I have been the lead cashier for Happy Tails for the past 9 years and have walked in many parades collecting money. I have also been the Critter Camp lead teacher for the past 3 (I think), and I love teaching the campers about the shelter and how it operates. My daughter would have attended her 7th year in 2020. Seeing the change within the shelter over the past 11 years has been amazing, and I am so happy that I can be a part of such a caring and dedicated organization.
In peace, Jamie
Hi there! I'm Cassie. I have worked here at the Humane Society for about a year and a half now and I absolutely love it. I work up front in the office doing many different tasks, and I also help clean in the back. My husband and I moved here from Las Vegas in April of 2018. In my spare time I love being with family and I also foster animals that come into the shelter. We currently have two foster fails at home. Paco is my love bug chihuahua and Ninja is our crazy cat. We also have 3 wonderful daughters that live in Oregon. We absolutely love it here in the White Mountains and are so happy to call this our new home.
Hi I'm Cally, I'm currently Lead Kennel Tech at the Humane Society of the White Mountains. I've been with the Humane Society just over 2 years now and was fortunate to be hired on shortly after I moved from Texas to Arizona. I love the work we do here so much! I am a mama to 3 boys...Two children, Isaiah and Archaos and two dogs, Bronson and Leo. I love to cook and go exploring the beautiful White Mountains with my family.
As a Veterinary Technician of 25 years, I’m always trying to help the animals in any way I can. We moved here from Wyoming in 2017. My husband Les of 40 years and grandson Riley, 3 Horses, 4 cats, and 2 dogs. My favorite thing’s to do is riding my horses, hiking, rock hunting and just being with my family. I have worked at the HSWM for 1 ½ years. I started on the medical staff which included working in the P.A.W.S Clinic where we do spay and neuter’s. In January 2019 I took on a new position for HSWM. So I am now the Outreach Coordinator and still help with the animals every day. I now have a great new family at Humane Society of the White Mountains
My name is Aziah I am 22 years old. My favorite thing to do is play video games; on pretty much any console I happen to come across. I personally, have one dog named Willow and one cat named Maya. Maya and Willow were raised side by side. They totally adore each other.
My name is Amber Santillan and I have been working at the humane society for a little more than a year now. I absolutley love my job because it makes me feel important. When I'm not at the shelter caring for the dogs and cats I am volunteering my time doing TNR (trap neuter return), fostering cats, and having adventures with my two kids (6yr old son and 4yr old daughter) and my husband. I have 2 dogs, 1 cat (plus my foster kitten at the moment), and 1 Guinea pig. I love my family and I love the people I work with at the humane society to save lives and make a difference in this world.
Hi, I'm Gina and I am a returning member of the HSWM family. I was raised in a small town called Wickenburg, lived in the Valley for 20 some years and have now been calling the White Mountains home for the last 8 years. I met my wonderful husband in 2009, he moved up here to be with me in 2014 and we married in 2016. I have 2 grown boys, 2 dogs (adopted from the shelter before I started working here) and 5 foster fail cats (yes, we are the worst at giving them back). I love the fresh air, the snow especially and being able to go outside without melting. My favorite thing about this shelter is how much each one of the staff members and volunteers loves the animals with all their heart.
John and I moved to Lakeside in April 2018. Before we were even done unpacking, I was solicited to help with Happy Tails. I volunteered John to help as well, starting with the July 4th parade and then Happy Tails. We both fell in love with the HSWM family and everything they work hard to accomplish. I was hired as the part-time bookkeeper in January 2019 and it didn’t take long for me to realize this was THE – BEST – JOB – EVER! I love the people, the animals, the volunteers and everybody locally and around the state working for the same common goal – to help animals in need. One of the volunteers I worked with at a recent PACC911 adoption event in Phoenix said it best, “I’m surrounded by people who feel the same way about animals as I do. I feel like I’m home with these people”.
John and I have four dogs. At our peak a few years ago we had 5 dogs, 4 cats and a Beta fish. Talk about crazy!! As time has passed we have realized we simply can’t have as many animals as our hearts have love for - another reason HSWM is so perfect for us!
In my free time I love to ATV, camp, kayak, travel and work in my flower garden – anything outdoors and even better if we are doing it with some of the wonderful friends we have made here! We bought our first tiny toy hauler this year about a month before camping season ended so we look forward to doing a lot more camping in the beautiful White Mountains in the summers to come.
I have worked at HSWM for 12 years and I have loved every minute of it. It can be very bittersweet at times but it is all worth it. In my free time I love spending time with my family, (I have a rambunctious 2 1/2 year old that keeps me on my toes) I love being outdoors and the beautiful White Mountains we live in. I have 2 dogs and 1 cat, 2 of which came from HSWM as Foster Failures, who also keep me on my toes.
My name is Jeremy Munsee. I am currently the Warehouse Supervisor at the Doghouse. I hope to help make all the doggies, and kitties, all the funds they need until they find their forever homes. I suppose my biggest achievement would be slowly but steadily keeping up through all the changes the Doghouse must go through to efficiently do its job and keep the customers coming.
I am a native of the White Mountains being born in Snowflake and lived in the area on and off most of my life. I am a veteran of the Air Force where I was stationed at Holloman AFB in New Mexico and trained to be an electrician. I worked as a traveling electrician after the service and had a successful career but I am much happier these days offering my time and services to the HSWM. It's truly a blessing having the opportunity to help both the people and the animals around me. When not at work with the HSWM I spend my free time helping care for my family's property, tending a bird garden and 6 cats, and raising my daughter. I can also frequently b e found on the golf course, which is my weekly meditation. Though I'm a fairly new face around the Doghouse I find the work very fulfilling and hope to be keeping smiling faces around me for a long time to come.
I started at the Dog House Thrift Shop the end of May 2019 and it has been an wild ride with lots more to come, the place looks amazing. My wife, grandson and I moved to the White Mountains in late summer 2017 after 38 years in the oil business looking for a slower pace. We have 3 horses, 2 dogs, 5 cats (2 are self adopted yard cats, 1 is a foster failure, 1 is a rescue and the last cat just came)WE ARE HAPPY TO SUPPORT THE HSWM. My greatest accomplishment was surviving Iraq.In my future I see working, retiring and working some more
I was born in IA. The second of five girls. We lived in the country on farms most of my younger years, I loved helping my parents take care of the pigs and milk the cows along with the dogs and cats we had in the house. My mom was so gentle and loving with all animals so I guess I got that from her. After time my dad decided he no longer wanted to be a hired hand on farms and went back to over the road truck driving and then on to local hauls with his own truck. Dad had five girls and no boys so I was dad’s helper. I learned how to grease his semi and help change tires on it, along with other maintenance, I guess I did really well because he bought a tire shop that I worked in as a teenager. After I graduated from high school my family decided they were moving to AZ, I moved with them I wasn’t staying there on my own. Once here I started looking for a job, my first job was in Coolidge as a waitress at Tag’s restaurant. Shortly after that the local Napa store was hiring and I interviewed and got hired, I worked there for five years in Coolidge and Florence. I met my husband Roy in Florence in 1980 and we’ve been together since. We moved to Show Low in 1984 where I got hired at the Napa and worked another fifteen years. During this time I took college classes in accounting, business and computers. We have a daughter and a son along with a son-in-law and two grandsons. When we moved to Show Low we brought our pet goats, cow, chickens and ducks along with many dogs. I am lucky Roy shares my love of animals. We have had horses (which I grew up on). We now are down to two rescue dogs from our shelter and have had many animals that we have loved until it was there time to go to the rainbow bridge. I started working at the shelter May 2008 as the bookkeeper and after a few years was asked to be the director. When I’m not working I enjoy being outdoors, spending time with family, friends and our dogs. I love my job and the fact that we are making a difference in so many lives, we have come so far over the years.
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