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Animal Haven Shelter Staff

Meet our amazing animal care team!

Director of Shelter Operations

Christy Fitzgerald 


Amanda Villarreal, Adoptions Manager

I'm from Sunnyside, Washington. I graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelors of Science in Animal Sciences with an emphasis in pre-veterinary practices. I know it's cliche, but I’m here for the animals. I always have been. I’m still not sure what I plan on doing with my career but whatever I end up doing, I know they’ll be at the center of it. Big or small, furry, feathered or scaled. I love them all and will do everything I can to make sure that they have a voice and are getting the love and care they deserve. My current dream is to chair an animal welfare committee or to work on a national board for a humane society or rescue. But for now, I’m more than happy here at the Whitman County Humane Society. I’m very lucky to have started my post graduate career here and could not have asked for a better job. A fun fact about me is I have a HUGE family and I’d be lost without every single one of them. I love my familia. 

Kayla Creekpaum, Animal Care Manager

I'm from Olympia, Washington. I graduated WSU in Fall of 2018 with a Bachelors in Communication with a concentration in Animal Science.nAll my life I have rescued any unwanted, unloved, and homeless animal that came across my path. I couldn’t imagine life without a ton of animals surrounding me. My passion is to give animals the best care and treatment possible. I think of every shelter pet as my own animal, and can’t wait to help find loving furever families for all the animals that come through WCHS. Somehow I have only adopted one cat, but I am sure not to get out out Let’s all work together till there are no more homeless animals! A fun fact about me is that I am known as a sucker for Hamsters, and had 7 at one point. I really enjoy finding new enrichment for animals in the home and at the shelter. My hamster cages are 3 stories high and change up every week!

Carly Borba, Animal Care Attendant and Adoption Counselor

I'm from Walnut Creek, California. I graduated from Washington State University Spring 2018 with a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science. My passion started at a young age, my dad was always rescuing dogs and my mom loved to take care of a variety of exotics. I’ve been a volunteer at humane societies and rescues, both in Washington and California for many years, and now I have the pleasure of working full time at one! Not only do I love working with the animals at Whitman County Humane Society, I love interacting with our community. No matter where I go, I’m going to keep working in the animal rescuing field! A fun about me is that I’ve owned quite a few uncommon pets, from pacman frogs, scorpions, walking sticks, to eels (and many more…)! I also really enjoy hiking, cooking, and DIY crafts (even though I’m not the best at them)!

Cyndi Buss, Animal Care Attendant and Adoption Counselor

I'm from West Richland, Washington. I'm majoring in Animal Science with an emphasis in Pre-Veterinary. I work at the Whitman County Humane Society because I love animals and want to spend my life helping them. A fun fact about me is that I love all animals, but horses are my passion. I've enjoyed training and riding my horse Dazzy for almost 10 years now!

Leela Mohr, Animal Care Attendant and Adoption Counselor

I'm from Boise, Idaho and I'm majoring in Business Management. I discovered my passion for animal rescue right out of high school and plan to make helping animals of all kinds my life’s work. I feel extremely lucky to be able to work at this shelter while I finish my degree! A fun fact about me is that I grew up on Kauai, HI where I spent as much time riding horses and playing with the ranch cats and dogs as I did at the beach.

Madeline Warrens, Animal Care Attendant and Adoption Counselor

I'm from Normandy Park, Washington. I am graduating from Washington State University with a Bachelors in Zoology and will be attending the WSU School of Veterinary Medicine in the upcoming Fall. I have wanted to be a veterinarian since I knew what the word meant.  Animals have always been at the center of my life, and I have spent as much time working with them as possible.  As a child I eagerly awaited the day I was old enough to volunteer at a humane society, and finally started volunteering at WCHS when I came to WSU for college.  From the beginning, I wanted to help out and learn as much as possible, so when a position to actually work at the shelter opened up I jumped on the opportunity! In the two years I’ve been at the shelter I’ve really found my niche working to increase the public’s knowledge and understanding of animals, especially when it comes to exotic companion animals. A fun fact about me is that I have five rescue rats at home and absolutely love talking to people about what fantastic pets they can make.  Seriously, ask me about rats and I’ll talk your ear off