Cindy, and husband Rick, fell in love with the Uncompahgre Valley and the San Juan Mountains on a road trip back in the early 90’s. Both loved the camping, hiking and outdoor opportunities available on the Western Slope.
After returning to the area annually over many years, a lot was purchased and a home built for retirement. When asked what she would do after retiring, Cindy’s comment was always “I’m going to be a dog walker!” She started volunteering regularly at the Shelter in September 2017.
Cindy’s love for all animals began early on with her upbringing in the suburbs of Kansas City, Kansas. Her parents and older sister felt the same, fortunately, and tolerated her obsession to care for as many critters as possible. This passion was continued in obtaining a degree in Natural Resource Management from Kansas State University and wildlife management practices carried out in her career with the National Park Service.
Being a park ranger and park manager over 37 years gave Cindy the opportunity to work with many non-profit groups and government agencies at the local, state and federal level. She is extremely excited to provide her time and expertise to an organization devoted to promoting responsible pet care and the human-animal bond.
Animals have brought such joy to my life! How could I not want to give my time and energy to such an incredible organization who assures the continuing bond of affection between animals and people!