Jessie has been working at Paws and Claws since 2010, where she started as a Kennel Technician. She became a Veterinary Technician shortly after, and at times she also served as a Receptionist. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, Chloe, a Labrador Mix, and the most recent addition to her pet family, a cat named Lightning McQueen.
Jessie is currently working toward receiving an Associate of Arts degree from Tallahassee Community College, plans to then work toward a Bachelor’s Degree, and ultimately study veterinary medicine.
Michelle joined the team at Paws and Claws after working some 10 years in the non-profit sector. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from San Francisco State University, as well as working alongside wildlife and domestic animal rescuers, Michelle decided it was time to finally follow her dream and work directly with animals.
Michelle, her husband and son are the privileged roommates of their beloved senior cat, Cortez, and their Australian Cattle Dog, Lucy and Border Collie, Chance.
Lindsey is currently a student at Tallahassee Community College, with plans to continue her education at Florida State University, majoring in Biology. She enjoys taking her dogs on adventures, and riding horses in her spare time.
Megan returned to Paws & Claws as a Receptionist after taking time off to attend Tallahassee Community College’s Nursing School. She loves her Canine American Mix named Annie, her Husky named Arora, and her newly adopted cat, Morty. Megan enjoys interacting with all of our furry friends at Paws & Claws.
Ana was born in Lima Peru and moved to Tallahassee as a toddler. She is a student attending TCC in the fall and plans to transfer to FSU to study pre law and major in Art History with a minor in Environmental science, hoping to go to law school and specialize in environmental law. She’s always had a love for animals and currently has 6 cats named; Chanel, Chiquita, Lolita, Gypsy, Gatsby, and Genie as well as one dog named Parky. On her spare time she has a passion for literature and Painting/drawing.
Sally is currently majoring in Biology at Florida State University and is graduating in the Spring of 2020. She plans to go to Veterinary School after she graduates and hopes to open up her own clinic one day! She grew up with 9 pets; 4 cats, 2 turtles, 1 fish, 1 dog, and a bunny, and currently has two cats and a 16 year old Maltipoo, Pooh Bear (pictured)!
In her free time she volunteers at the Tallahassee Animal Shelter and St. Francis Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. She likes to spend time hiking, playing tennis, cooking, doing yoga, and her favorite holiday is Halloween!
Jenn is currently attending TCC to become a chemistry major. She plans on transferring from TCC to UF to further her education in veterinary medicine.
Growing up, Jennifer had 4 pets: a bird, a turtle, a cat, and an American bulldog. She currently has one dog (B-dog) and one fish (Buffy). In her free time, she loves going on mini adventures, road trips and meeting new people!
When I’m not working I’m doing art commissions and working on a comic series I have online. I also enjoy playing the kalimba and Piano.
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Amanda went to UMASS to study psychology. After working in inpatient psych for 6 years with adults and adolescents she moved to Tallahassee to be closer to her family. Although it appears to have been a career shift, Amanda hopes to obtain her Masters in Psychology and open her own psychiatric clinic that can contain a special wing for abandoned/ neglected animals. Amanda hopes to incorporate animals as a therapeutic approach in the treatment of people with psychiatric disorders. While in Boston, Amanda spent the last 10 years working closely with feral cat populations. She is the proud pet mommy of Alex, a diabetic, feral boy who took nearly 4 years to gain her trust. She now fosters for local organizations and has a special place in her heart for medically challenged and under socialized kitties.
Kayleigh is currently enrolled at TCC and is studying Early Education with hopes of becoming and elementary school teacher. She plans on transferring to UGA to further her major and obtain a bachelors degree. Growing up Kayleigh had a Rottweiler, miniature dachshund and now has her own pit bull mix puppy Cash (pictured)! In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and relaxing on a boat.
Audrey graduated with her BS in International Affairs with an undergraduate certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security from Florida State University in May of 2018. She is an avid foster and volunteer for the Leon County Humane Society, where she enjoys giving back to her community. Audrey’s family is involved with Golden Retriever Rescue throughout the country. She has spent most of her life around chickens, horses, goats, deer, and pigs on a friend’s farm, and loves all animals.
In her spare time, Audrey enjoys hiking, baking, dying her hair, and driving to new places. She is an avid lover of all things football, especially her home team, the Jacksonville Jaguars. At home, Audrey has two cats of her own, Davey (pictured) and Edison, and one hedgehog, Epineux. She is the frequent caretaker for her parents Great Pyrenees puppy, Emmett, and their wobbly cat, Casey.
Stephanie was born and raised on the central coast of California. She has worked in veterinary hospitals for over 10 years and with animals for a total of 14 years. She recently moved to Tallahassee to join her boyfriend, who is studying at Florida State University. Growing up, she always wanted to work with animals, but wasn’t sure in what capacity.
Stephanie enjoys making a positive relationship between owners and their pets. Stephanie is a Chihuahua advocate. She has two young Chihuahua mixes, Loki and Torvi. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, spending time with her dogs, watching animal planet, going to the gym, and traveling.
Bethany originally came to Paws & Claws while in high school, volunteering and learning about veterinary medicine. Now, she is attending college and still interested in veterinary medicine. Bethany loves all animals and has one dog and one cat of her own.
Lorrie was born and raised in South Georgia where she graduated from Cairo High School and attended Bainbridge State College. She has plans to attend the University of Georgia to become a Veterinarian. In the meantime, Lorrie enjoys spending time with family and friends, sewing, crafting, and hunting.
She has six cats and three dogs. Lorrie is pictured with Pirate, a 4-year old English Bulldog mix.
Rebecca came to Paws & Claws after years of volunteer work with local animal shelters and the Leon County Humane Society. She is a student at Florida State University majoring in Environmental Science and Policy, minoring in Biology. After graduating in May 2018, she plans to further her education in veterinary medicine.
Rebecca is originally from Jupiter, FL, where she and her family have spent years as adoptive parents to rescue animals. Caring for those animals is her favorite hobby.
Madison is from Thomasville, Georgia. She recently earned her Associate of Science degree in veterinary technology. She has a cat named Maurice, a hamster named Morty, two axolotls, and various freshwater fish. She loves animals of all species from scaly to furry.
In her spare time, she enjoys photography, painting, and traveling.
Gabi joined Paws & Claws staff in October 2016 . Gabi is currently a student at Tallahassee Community College, with plans to continue her education at a University somewhere up north, majoring in Biology and eventually go to vet school . Gabi was born and raised in Tallahassee where she graduated Lawton Chiles High School in 2017. She has three animals of her own , a 2 year old golden retriever named Hazel Grace (pictured) , an 4 year old orange tabby cat name Finnegan and an 2 year old white kitty named Paisley. In her spare time, she likes to travel new places, make YouTube videos, spend time with her family and friends.
Megan is currently attending FAMU for their Pre-Vet program. She plans to be a Large Species Veterinarian. She enjoys spending time with her two pigs, Cody and Finn, and her two family dogs, Baxter and Bella. In her spare time she enjoys fishing, kayaking, and binge watching her favorite shows.
Brianna joined the Paws & Claws staff in April 2016. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies. Brianna is a Tallahassee native, having graduated from Lawton Chiles High School in 2012.
She is an avid animal lover and owns several of her own: a dog named Anike, two rabbits named Rusty and Briar, and three rats named Max, Stark, and Basil.
Kennel Technician/Veterinary Technician
Elizabeth joined the Paws & Claws staff in September 2018. She earned a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Florida State University in 2017. She is passionate about animal rescue and is a longtime volunteer of the Leon County Humane Society. Elizabeth has three pets of her own; two cats and a guinea pig. In her spare time, she enjoys riding horses and photography.
Michelle is originally from Illinois and moved to Florida to further her education. She graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from Florida State University. She has a Chihuahua mix named Theo and a black cat named Rosie.
In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, and listening to and playing music.
Lori has been grooming for almost a decade and has been a valued member of the Paws & Claws team for many years. Prior to becoming a professional groomer, Lori worked as a paramedic. She holds a Ph.D. in Education, as well as undergraduate degrees in Biology and Mathematics.
Lori has one daughter, who is her pride and joy. She has two dogs: Goonie (pictured), her beloved Shih Tzu, and Beau, a Labrador Retriever. She enjoys drawing, quilting, gardening, and spending time at the beach.
Lauren is from Tallahassee and graduated from Leon High School. She has two Pit Bulls named Rypley and Boates, and a Black Mouth Cur named Lyla that occupy her free time. She enjoys fishing, theme parks, and loving and caring for her animals.