Meet the compassionate people that operate our dog rescue. Our team goes above and beyond to make sure that every dog gets what it deserves: a humane and loving life.
Adrienne Galler Lastra: Shelter Director
Adri was one of the founding members of ADLA: she was one of the main participants in rescuing 1,000 dogs from “Dead Dog Beach” in 2006; won the first animal abuse case involving a horse in Puerto Rico; and heads our shelter.
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.
At Adri’s home there are always 60+ rescued critters in different stages of rehabilitation so her life is never boring!
Patricia Cara – Board President
Patricia first came to know of ADLA through her children, and has been coming to the Saturday morning clean-ups since 2011. She believes there are way to many stray and abandoned animals in Puerto Rico, and that better education and access to information are needed in order to eliminate the stray animal problem.
Even before her involvement with ADLA as a Board member, Patricia was a committed rescuer: she has three rescued dogs and two cats at home in Guaynabo.
Patricia’s the kindest and most patient President we could ask for!
Jennifer Tasch – Board Secretary
Jennifer is a New York native, raised in NJ and moved to Puerto Rico 25 years ago after meeting her Puerto Rican husband in college. A year later, she adopted her first strays from a beach in Isabela, and has made rescued satos a part of her family ever since. She recently moved to New Jersey part time and still resides in Guaynabo. Jennifer shares her home with her two-legged family, as well as four four-legged family members named Colorado, Nacho, Bobby, and Rudy. Colo and Bobby were adopted from Amigos de los Animales, and Nacho and Rudy were rescued from the beach in Manati and the streets of Bayamon. Jennifer loves large dogs, and her current pack ranges in size from the “smallest” at 65 pounds to her big baby Bobby who weighs in at 90.
We feel very thrilled with the great support of Jennifer! You can reach her at Jennifer@amigosdelosanimalespr.org.
Ela Stolarczyk – Board Director
Ela was born in Poland and during her childhood the sight of a homeless dog on the street was common. She grew up observing the end of communism, and how it changed lives of people…Apparently also lives of animals: nowadays when she visits her homeland, Ela doesn’t see homeless animals on the street. She moved to the US to do her PhD and since then she has been working as a research scientist in the biomedical field.
Our days are brightened by Ela, we are so lucky to have her! You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.