In addition to having the business background of being a Leanin’ Tree rep for many years, and having owned a coffee shop, Terra Kraettli has been involved in local rescue and sheltering for almost 40 years. She’s been on staff at such organizations as the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, and rescue groups, including the group she currently heads, Pals Forever. She knows virtually everybody who’s been in rescue long-term. Her knowledge of rescue organizations in the area is extensive. Pals Forever handles a small number of dogs at any given time, but over the course of a year places many dogs in forever homes.
Two of her current rescue dogs, Ashley and Trinity, are customer favorites on Fridays and Saturdays, with three-legged Trinity always searching for the best spot for a nap!
For relaxation, and to express her creative side, Terra makes jewelry. She keeps a steady supply of one-of-a-kind necklaces and bracelets (especially ones with paw print beads) in stock at the store.
Besides owning retail businesses, Linda Hoover has been a senior kennel staffer and dog room manager at an animal shelter. The brutal reality of that job pushed her to find ways of rehabilitating shelter dogs in order to decrease euthanasia and increase successful adoptions. That led her to training and becoming certified as a Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Practitioner. She uses it in working with traumatized animals, especially mill dogs. Moving to Colorado Springs gave her a large number of rescue groups with which to work. She teaches TTouch classes at All Breed Rescue & Training, as well as working with private clients and with rescue groups.
She currently has 4 rescued dogs (including 3 puppy mill survivors). She and her husband also have 2 cats (one a rescue), and 3 tortoises (two are rescues). The dogs often have greeter duties at the store.
Linda and Marcy have a 501 (C) 3 non-profit rehabilitation group, Rescued Spirits. The original mission was rehabilitating foster dogs, taking the ones that need a little extra time in a home environment to heal from the abuse and neglect they endure while caged in puppy mills. Over time, the reality became providing sanctuary for small geriatric dogs for whom finding a new forever home is unlikely. This allows them to live out their remaining time in a home.
Lee volunteered at Hangers Thrift Store in Monument, which benefits TriLakes Cares, for 1 ½ years and was selected as Volunteer of the Year in 2011. This background makes her a real asset to RHUB. According to Lee, she has “3 crazy cats” and a dog, Penny, rescued from euthanasia at a shelter in Arizona.
Her “real job” is as Office Manager for Jim Romanello, regional VP for Primerica Financial Services. Through her work at Rescued Hearts she is learning more about rescue every day. She is an enthusiastic advocate for animal welfare causes. A seamstress, she also sews pet beds, diapers (for dogs, a cat, and a bird!) and belly bands to sell in the store, using recycled materials.
Megan brings a social media twist to the RHUB team. She took over the Craigslist posts from Terra, freeing her up from that task.
She has been editing the website and adding new information as it comes up. This makes her a real asset, as the other board members didn’t grow up using computers, as she did.
Megan is a full time college student at UCCS, where she is currently studying Biomedical Science. She recently left the Air Force to finish her college degree, and hopes to study Pharmacokinetics one day. She is an enthusiastic advocate for animal welfare causes and currently has a German Shepherd and a long-haired Dachshund, Brittle, who is often seen at the store.
Robbyn has always had a connection with both children and animals that need a little more understanding and compassion. As a school bus driver in rural Wyoming, she got to know many children who lacked parental care. Because of that, she became a foster parent, and in one case took in both a child and the family dog! As a part-time UPS driver, she picked up a dog running on the Interstate, and when the owner couldn’t be located, adopted her. She came into RHUB to shop, knew that she’d “be shopping there forever” and decided to become a volunteer. She fostered a Border Collie for Pals Forever, and happily became a “Foster Failure” by adopting her.
She is also a Licensed Social Worker, Certified Nursing Assistant, and a Registered Executive Housekeeper.
Board members who have moved out of town, or moved on to other projects include Marcy McReynolds, Susan Sterritt and Cathy Zapien. All contributed greatly to the store during their tenure, and the store wouldn’t be what it is today without their hard work.