Board of Directors
Tracey was a Founding Member of pause4change in 2012.
She had a vision to create a rescue that would help shape the industry with more collaboration; working together to make a positive impact for the animals and our communities.
Tracey has had many dogs who have taught her so much about setting up dogs that have fearful and shy behaviours for success. She currently shares her home and heart with Barkley, the world's greatest mouth-kisser.
Her #1 dog-friendly place in Calgary is her own home, which is always full of rescues and amazing people that drop by to socialize and assist with many puppy needs. Everyone is welcome and the dogs love it!
"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
Kirstie was one of the Founding Members of pause4change in 2012. She was involved with creating pause4change because she wanted to make a difference in the rescue community and to do her best to do the right thing for the animals she helps.
Kirstie leads volunteer intake, the vaccination team, and the pauseit4ward Pet Food Bank program within pause4change.
She has 4 rescue dogs of her own - Jasmine age 9, Shilo age 9, Mischa age 8 & Kora age 2 as well as a rescue cat named Misfit.
Kirstie recommends checking out Tail Blazers Copperfield/Legacy pet stores, Dogma Daycare, and Dogwit Training Inc. for dog training in Calgary.
Katie has been with pause4change since 2014 and is the Events & Fundraising Coordinator.
Katie was attracted to pause4change’s vision and values, the quality and care we give every rescue animal and the amazing group of volunteers who are all so caring, compassionate, and generous and are a lot of fun to work alongside.
Katie shares her home with pause4change alumni, Mya, her sweet senior pup. She loves the simple things in life like rolling in grass or snow, going for walks, camping, and taking lots of naps!
"Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong"
Jaymi has been with pause4change for around 4 years and is the Dog Adoptions Coordinator
& member of the vaccination team.
She loves pause4change because we believe in quality over quantity. Each dog is placed in a foster home where they get the time and attention they need and deserve. We don't take shortcuts on veterinary care or training, every animal's needs are met on a case-by-case basis. She also believes we have some of the kindest most giving volunteers, who have now become her second family.
Jaymi has 2 dogs of her own - Rooney is her 4-year-old Shepherd Cross. He is a sensitive soul that struggles with dog reactivity and resource guarding. He is the reason she got involved in the rescue world and sparked her passion for learning about all the benefits of positive reinforcement training. Bella is her 9-year-old Siberian Husky and a pause4change alumni. She is super sassy and high maintenance but referred to as the jackpot dog in the house because they feel like they won the lottery the day she chose them to be her family!
Jaymi recommends checking out Play Unleashed in Balzac for private off-leash fun with your dogs.
"You can't change a dog's past, but you can rewrite their future!"
Albert has been with pause4change since 2018. He became involved with the organization as he was impressed by how honest & friendly everyone is and the diligence of the adoption process.
Albert is the go-to tech guy for pause4change and is also an active foster home. Albert heads up the Cat Program, Intake and Community relationships with local First Nations.
Albert has 2 dogs of his own - Cedric is his resident middle-aged dog, he is patient and protects the house and all the residents, including the cat. Cleo is his Pause4change Alumni and is the sassy greeter of all the people and fosters. Pickles is his rescued cat. She is 4 years old and is the mischievous and sassy type. She educates the foster puppies on boundaries with cats and educates the family on cat behaviors'. She is the ninja in the house and can often be found on the catio sharing quality coffee time.
Stephanie has been with pause4change for 3 years and is the Social Media Coordinator. She also does post-adoption follow-ups and screening.
Stephanie chose pause4change because their values aligned with her own. She feels proper training and responsible pet ownership are important to help create a better world for our animals and wants to help make as much of a difference as she can!
Stephanie adopted her dog, Laska in 2019 as a foster fail. Laska is a big goofy fluff ball and is her best friend. Stephanie can’t imagine her life without her!
Stephanie recommends Play Unleashed (near Airdrie) as a great place to go with your pup. Play Unleashed is a private, off-leash dog park that you can rent for your furry family!
Drae has been involved with pause4change since 2012 and joined the Board of Directors in 2022 as our Education and Dog Behaviour Coordinator. She originally became involved with pause4change as a training partner and has assisted countless pause4change adoptive and foster families with behaviour support over the years. Drae holds the CBCC-KA (Certified Behaviour Consultant Canine- Knowledge Assessed) and FDM (Family Dog Mediator) certifications and is a certified SAPro Trainer (Separation Anxiety). Being a strong advocate for behaviour education, her values naturally aligned with those of pause4change right from the start!
Drae shares her life with pause4change alumni Brom Bones; a 1-year-old Rottweiler/Newfoundland/Pyrenees mix, and a 17-year-old orange tabby cat named Presley. Brom Bones is determined to be everybody's best friend; whether you are human, dog, cat, or otherwise. Presley is a wonderfully social cat who is always up for a training game. He has an outstanding recall and would never miss the chance to feast on freeze-dried liver, cheese, or tripe.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you but he will make a fool of himself too.” ~Samuel Butler
Lindsay has been a foster home with us since 2017. Lindsay has opened her home to 16 litters of puppies with a handful of adult dogs and 1 kitten. Lindsay has fostered for several rescues but found a home with pause4change when she learned our values and morals along with the amazing support and family-like team.
Lindsay has 3 animals a rescue Chiweenie named Kuja, a Rottweiler/ Mastiff Daisy, and a Tortoiseshell cat named Hiccup. Lindsay’s fur-family work together to help socialize and help dogs come out of their shells.
Lindsay took her love of animals to the next level in 2021 when she opened her relationship-based pet service company. Here she continues her experience with dogs and owners seeking fulfilling lives.
My favourite pet-friendly place is Tracey's house.
"Your dogs' world is only as big as you show them"