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Tia Thomson

Hi everyone, my name is Tia and I am the senior dog coordinator of the Angel-Paws' team. I have been doing this role since 2016. I was inspired to become a volunteer with Angel-Paws mainly through my love of all animals, but particularly my love for dogs.

My role offers many rewards on a daily basis.  But seeing the animals getting a second chance at life probably is the main reward. As always there are so many success stories with Angel-Paws, too many to write down.  But for me it's a personal one of Arlo the naked pup with severe mange and Tutt the cleft palate puppy.
In my spare time I like to binge watch Netflix and spend time with my family.  And in case you hadn't guessed- dogs are my favourite animals.

Tia Thomson Angel-Paws Inc


Jodie Holt

My name is Jodie and I am a canine coordinator. I have been a Townsville local since I was 5 and began volunteering with Angel-Paws in 2017. 

My love for animals developed when I was a child.  I had pets of all kinds, ranging from those with no legs, to ones with eight.  In fact, my first pet was a baby kangaroo. However, dogs are my favourite because of the unconditional love and their ability to forgive. My inspiration to become a volunteer was to help animals because they can't speak for themselves.  I often see the relief in their faces when they come into care because in many cases, these animals are safe for the first time in their lives. 

Witnessing that special connection when a dog finds the right family is the most rewarding part of my role. This was never truer than the time I had a foster dog in care for five months. Sadly, this dog's owner had passed so he was not only grieving but struggling with the challenges of a new environment. Despite several meets, no-one made a connection with him. One day a lady came along, put him in her arms and said, 'I love him' and he instantly loved her back. I had never seen a connection like it and, to this day I often use what I learnt from this experience to help other dogs.  

My passion for animals is so endless that if I won the lotto, I would help Angel-Paws expand the work that we do.  In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family and our animals camping, fishing and motor bike riding.  I also enjoy beach vacations, tacos, rum chocolate and I have 10 tattoos, all of which you may be able to spot when you meet me.



Nikky

Townsville local Nicky here! I started fostering dogs in 2015 and became a dog coordinator in 2020. As a dog coordinator, I have a team of foster carers who I manage to make sure everyone is at adoption days, has their vet work up to date, any pick-ups or drop offs to appointments and meet and greets and answer any questions the foster carers have. I've had a love for animals since my first pet, a guinea pig named Ash. Knowing that I can help save animals and seeing how much they grow both physically and mentally through care and training is the most rewarding part of my role.

One case especially stands out to me as being my favourite- Peppers. She arrived in our care from Innisfail with a broken leg that we managed to save. She is so lovely, and I fell in love with her as soon as I met her.

In addition to my soft spot for cattle dogs, I am obsessed with zebras and giraffes because I think they are so beautiful with all their different stripes and spots. My days are filled as a cook, pet sitter and dog walker in addition to my role with Angel-Paws, that is until I win the lottery which I'd use to pay off my house and travel the world.  But until then, you can find me going on adventures and getting a coffee with my dogs or enjoying a good Italian or Mexican meal.

 

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