Paws and Whiskers Employees » Our Team
Clare is originally from Maumee, Ohio and graduated from the University of Dayton in 1991 with a B.A. in Psychology. She then earned her Veterinary Technician degree from Stautzenberger College in 1997. She is mom to two daughters, two cats (adopted from PAWS) Duchese and Loki, and a rescued greyhound named Sam. She enjoys watching her daughters compete in volleyball and participate in theater and dance. Clare like running, cycling, swimming, reading and cooking.
Dave is a live long Toledo resident graduating from Whitmer High School. After a tour with the Navy he joined the Ohio Highway Patrol retiring in 1996. Dave started with PAWS in December 1996 as Shelter Manager and has held the position ever since. Dave is married, and his wife Pam is the driving force behind our Krafting for Kitties group. He has a son Paul, who retired from the army in August 2009, and a daughter Kimberlee who works in Yellowstone National Park.
My name is Anntalese Smith. I graduated from Start High School in 2012.
My hobbies and interests include Psychology, music, art, reading, computers and animals.
I do not have any children but I do have a 2 year old niece that I love to take care of.
I have 3 dogs and 5 cats. 1 of our dogs and 3 of our cats came with my family and I from California to Ohio. Our 3 cats from California have been with us for 19 years.
I have been at Paws and Whiskers for 5 months. I love all the cats here. It’s really hard to choose a favorite cat. But if I had to choose I would choose Kichi.
Working at Paws and Whiskers has been a really fun experience for me and I have really grown to love this place.
I am Pam Smith and have been a Veterinary Assistant for 25 years. I have been happily employed here at PAWS since December 2013. We are a team of dedicated animal lovers. I knew my path in life when I was 8 years old, as animals were my whole life even at that young age. I have 3 dogs and 5 cats and would have more if I could! I share my life with my husband of 37 years , our 2 awesome grown children and one granddaughter. Besides having a deep compassion for animals, my hobbies include swimming , fishing and gardening. I feel honored to be a part of Paws and Whiskers and the amazing rescue work they do here for the cats. They go above and beyond!
My name is Lynda. I went to Bedford School system and I have a BA in Anthropology and MA in Sociology and also Equine Training. I grew up on a farm so my animal experience started early. I was in 4-H until I graduated High School. I’ve had a wide variety of jobs including Training horses and teaching horsemanship, Veterinary Assistant, 2 seasons on a fish processor in Alaskan Waters and my last job I retired from was as the Quarantine Keeper in the Toledo Zoo Vet Department. My biggest interests are Fairy Gardens, Physical Fitness, Yoga, all animals big and small and books.All of my kids are 4 legged (1 dog + 9 cats (6 from Paws and Whiskers) My last adoption was of a one eyed kitty named Reed from Paws. All the kitties at Paws are special and lovable in their own way. A few of my favorites are MurMur, Yeti, Bruce, Bubbles.
Born and raised in Toledo, Pam Unger originally worked at the GM foundry. She started out a self-professed Pomeranian lover, never really giving the idea of living with a cat much thought. Then in 2011, a cat jumped onto her lap while she was sitting around a bonfire, and that little act turned the tables. Not too much later, a second cat showed up at doorstep on a cold, rainy night. She was hooked . She started working at PAWS not long after fostering for PAWS (failed foster = cat number 3!). In January 2015, she adopted her third cat from PAWS. Now fully a converted “cat person,” (although she still has three Pomeranians) Pam lives with her husband Tom (who volunteers at the shelter on an almost daily basis), three Pomeranians, four cats, and just one foster cat. For now, that is.