Amy McCracken, Executive Director
Joined RAL: May, 2010
Favorite RAL alumni: Perry! I fell in love with a little dog named Perry who reminded me of a dog I had when I was little. I think we all love every animal that we get—even the grouchy cats (like Bruiser) or the crazy dogs (like Duncan). Old scraggly animals are just as easy to love as the cute fuzzy puppies and kittens.
Best part about the job: Seeing animals go home!
When not at RAL, Amy can be found: In my pajamas at my dining room table writing or working a puzzle. I may also be spotted at the gym or at Kuba Kuba.
Favorite word? Buddy
Least favorite word? Chillaxin
Pamela Bridgmon, Director of Kennel Operations
Passion: Outdoor activities
Joined RAL: 9 years ago
Favorite RAL alumni: Pauline (pictured at left). Although Pauline was here when I arrived I was told she was a mean kitty. Let's just say she had developed a reputation that stuck with her. Pauline just had an unusual “meow”. In all the years I knew her she never really bit anyone unlike other pets that have come and gone. She was my office buddy. She beat out people wanting to euthanize her because of her special meow. She beat diabetes but she couldn’t beat an oral carcinoma. I still miss her and still tear up when I think about her. It was like she was my cat at home, she was just located at my desk.
Best part about the job: too many things to name
When not at RAL, Pam can be found: who knows where
Childhood nickname? Monkey
If you were an animal, what animal would you be? Well a cat of course
JOSEPH BLANTON, Adoption manager
Passion: Music, Digital art, and human and animal rights!
Joined RAL: March 2014
When not at RAL, Jo can be found: Online
If you were an animal, what animal would you be? A Tardigrade (google it!)
Childhood nickname? Jojo(And still is)
Chesh McKinnon, ADOPTION COORDINATOR
Joined RAL: August 2015
Favorite RAL alumni: TAAAAFFFFYYYYYYY
Best part about the job: Finding a perfect match for a pet and their furrrever home.
When not at RAL, Chesh can be found: At home with my cat
Cake or pie? Cake AND pie
Superhero ability; flight or super speed? Time travel. I’d be totally useless but I’d have fun.
ASHLEY MARANO, ADOPTION COORDINATOR
Passion: Photography and Animals
Joined RAL: March 2017
Best part of the job: helping animals find their forever home, and humans find their best friend.
Favorite RAL alumni: My Cat, Margo!
Least Favorite Word: No
When not at RAL, Ashley can be found: With my camera somewhere in Richmond, or home with my cat watching Netflix.
If you were an animal, what would you be: A Cat. ... Or a Unicorn!
Maria Medas, Assistant Director of Kennel Operations
Passion: Animal welfare, interestingly enough!
Joined RAL: August 2011
Favorite RAL pet or alumni: My dog, Wendal! And my former foster kitties, Audrey and Gilbert.
Best part about the job: Helping animals when they first come to RAL
When not at RAL, Maria can be found: Watching Netflix, dancing Zumba or at the beach in cool weather.
Childhood nickname? trouble!
Cake or Pie?Both
Priyanka Arora, Weekend Shelter Assistant
Joined RAL: August 2016
Favorite RAL pet or alumni: Rio
Best part about the job:Definitely all the lovely animals!
When not at RAL, Pri can be found: Playing with my dog, Peanut.
Favorite Word juxtaposition
If you were an animal, what animal would you be? A koala
Cynthia Reed Mchenry, Volunteer Coordinator
Passion: animals, music, books
Joined RAL: July of 2009
Favorite RAL alumni: There have been SO many wonderful pets but I would have to go with Steve, a little white Jack/Chi mix. He was cross eyed and seriously the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. The best part of his whole stay here was to see him go home with his new mom, who had recently lost a dog and found Steve to be the most perfect new companion for her.
Best part about the job: working with a staff and large group of volunteers who all care so much about helping out homeless pets!
When not at RAL, Cynthia can be found: hanging out with my dog, Winston J
Cake or pie? pie
Superhero ability; flight or super speed? Super speed
Kaicee Robertson, Special Events Coordinator
Passion: dog and cat behavior, helping all animals, reading
Joined RAL: November 2016
Best part about the job: Without a doubt, the animals and the people. The cats and dogs are amazing for obvious reasons, but the people who come together to help save lives are incredible. The staff, volunteers, fosters, adopters, donors and community members who support RAL make saving lives possible, and make being at RAL special.
Favorite RAL alum: How do you choose just one? I think I’d have to go with Lieutenant Dan. He was a foster kitten I had who came from Buckingham Animal Control. His front left leg was limp and he couldn’t use it at all. When he came to RAL, he received the medical care he needed and had his leg amputated. He was the sweetest little cuddle bug, and an all-around great kitten.
When not at RAL, Kaicee can be found: Reading a good book in the backyard with my pups.
Elizabeth Thomas, Director of Development
Passion: cooking, reading, the beach
Joined RAL: September 2013
Best part about the job: Working with a great staff and watching pets find forever homes.
Favorite RAL alum: My first love was Moody, but Kristen Wiig holds a very special place in my heart.
Childhood nickname: Sunshine
When not at RAL, Elizabeth can be found: Exploring Richmond, eating brunch and relaxing with her dog, Gertie.
Suzanne Burdette, CFO
Passion: animals, knitting, reading, sodoku, hiking
Joined RAL: Thanksgiving 2007
Favorite RAL alumni: Apollo Ono - so loving and adoptable. He had so much going against him (came from a hoarding situation, had ringworm, strange-looking laperm, overweight), but ended up with a devoted following and never quit giving love.
Best part about the job: The animals!
When not at RAL, Suzanne can be found: at home with cats and dogs and family.
Cake or pie? CHEESEcake!
Blue or black ink? Red