Our great team

Below are all the compassionate people that make our rescues possible. They are a dedicated, brave and targeted team that go above and beyond to make sure that every animal gets what it deserves: a humane and loving life.

Adrienne Galler Lastra: Shelter Director

Adri was born in Baltimore, Md and raised there till she was 19 when she moved to be with her mom in Puerto Rico. She lives in Piñones where she converted her home to what is now the Piñones Beach Project Shelter of Amigos de los Animales. After receiving a BA in Music Education from the Interamerican University in San German, Puerto Rico, she went to Los Angeles, Ca to pursue her career as a bassist.

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Adrienne moved back to Puerto Rico in 2002 to care for her mom after her mother suffered a stroke. Shortly thereafter Adri began rescuing horses from a notorious housing project called “Llorens Torres” in Ocean Park, managing to clear the housing project of 14 horses. Horses are often used as drug tender among traffickers.

In 2010 Adri and John Saccenti of Career Development Institute, brought the first ever 6-day Animal Control Officer/Cruelty Investigator course to Puerto Rico which is certified by the Office of Animal Control of the PR Health Department.

At Adri’s home there are always 40+ rescued critters in different stages of rehabilitation so her life is never boring!

Amanda R. Collazo Maguire : Executive Director

Amanda grew up in Ponce, Puerto Rico and has lived on the island for about 25 years. Her friend Ela asked if she wanted to come volunteer one Saturday at ADLA. And she never left 🙂 She fostered and afterwards adopted Wendy Bee from Amigos in March 2016. Wendy’s a cute little black sato. Next to that, Amanda also has two sibling kitties: Bandit and Gigi; and one rescue cat Olive.

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Amanda has always been aware of the animal welfare situation in Puerto Rico needing more attention. She says: “I became more enthusiastic about doing something to change the situation when I became involved in Amigos: the more I learn, the more people I meet that care and are involved in making a difference, the more animals I see that are in need, and the more animals I see that have found good homes; the more inspired I become.”

We are very happy to have Amanda on our team, wooooo!

Liznette Feliciano – Volunteer Par Excellence

Liznette Liznette Mari Feliciano Rivera was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico and has lived on the island her whole life. She now lives in Santurce with her husband and daughters Gabrieliz and Wilneliz, and works as an Administrative Assistant at Paseo Las Cumbres.Also living at her household are her seven dogs and cats: Mia Carola, Atenea, Baloo, Taffy, Nube, Chocolate Chip, Mardigrass.

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Liznette heard about Amigos through an article she read in a newspaper, and called a couple of years ago so that her daughter Gabri could do volunteer work. She has been involved with Amigos one way or another ever since. She loves animals and apart from helping out at the shelter, and helping to bring in donations, she provides food to cats and dogs living in her neighborhood. She has also helped out various independent rescuers on the island.

Liznette is our great catch! 🙂

Irmalis Colon Rivera – Our Wonder Child

Irmalis began volunteering at the Shelter at the age of only 11, and, lucky for us and the animals who love her so much, has been with us now to 6 years and is a veterinary assistant in training at PPG Technical College. We adore Irmalis and are honored she feel the same!

“Hola, me llamo Irmalis Colón Rivera. Tengo 17 años y empecé asistir como voluntaria al Albergue de Amigos de los Animales a la edad de 17 años a lo que actualmente sigo asisteiendo y seguiré asistiendo, fue una gran oportunidad para mi pertenecer a esta organización sin fines de lucro y poder server como voluntaria y sobre todo poder ayudar a estos inofensivos animalitos que necesitan de nuestra ayuda, amor y compassion. En todo este tiempo he aprendido muchas coasa y me ha impulsado amar más a los animals y comparitir con personas que tienen el mismo objedtivo que el mío: ayudar a los animals. Estoy muy agradecida que me hallan permitido vivir todas estás experiencia en todo este transcurso y poder extender mis conocimientos en este campo. ¡Muchas gracias!”

 

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