Amanda Reitz, Founder
Their first Adoption Center opened in 2010, allowing them to match more pets with their forever families. In 2016, Amanda's brother, Marcus, joined the team, making HEA the entire Reitz family's venture. That same year, they celebrated the grand opening of their current state-of-the-art Adoption Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin, thanks to the gifts of many generous donors and community volunteers. And in 2019, they launched Destination HEA, an innovative overnight guest experience at their Sanctuary. The Reitz family committed to making the welfare of companion animals their life's work. Together, they set out on a journey to create positive and lasting change on companion animal welfare. When you adopt a pet, you save a life. Every animal adopted from HEA allows them to care for even more cats and dogs and place them into loving homes. Since 2006, they've paired more than 5,000 animals with their forever families and helped spay/neuter over 10,000 dogs and cats through their commitment to spay/neuter.
Sarah Swanty, Founder
Executive director and co-founder of Animal Friends Alliance. She began working at a veterinary clinic when she was 17 to explore her plans to become a veterinarian. While pursuing the veterinary track at Colorado State University (bachelor’s degree in zoology) and gaining experience at clinics, she began volunteering at a local animal sanctuary – and that’s when she realized that her true calling lay in animal welfare and rescuing homeless animals. Not long after, she co-founded Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic in 2006. In 2019, she led the merger with Animal House Rescue & Grooming that resulted in Animal Friends Alliance. In that time her clinic has: Adopted 33,995 cats and dogs into loving homes. Spayed and neutered 77,743 dogs and cats captured, neutered, vaccinated and returned over 2,300 community cats
Ernie Cochran, Founder
Peewee's Pet Adoption World and Sanctuary was established in 1995 to help the animals who no one else was willing to - including the sick and the stray. Peewee's presently cares for more than 300 animals every day. Their population consists of dogs, puppies, pigs, goats, and other barn animals. Their operations are accomplished entirely by donations from generous individuals. Their biggest contributor, HEB Food Stores, donates pet food. Peewee’s does not receive any government, city, or federal funding. The volunteers and staff at Peewee's work tirelessly to rehabilitate orphaned pets. They do this to ensure that each of these companions finds their forever families. On average, Peewee's coordinates the distribution of 2,400-3,600 South Texas pets across the United States (annually). Their final destinations of the East Coast, Canada, and the Woodlands offer the promise of wonderful, loving forever homes. Their applications are very strict, long, and verified, so that all the animals are placed in wonderful, loving, forever homes