Tanner’s P.A.W.S. realizes that the prevention of cruelty to animals is an extremely important issue facing our community. Tanner’s P.A.W.S. feels that by incorporating as a not-for-profit organization, we can provide services to animals, emphasizing the need for services of those animals in abusive or neglectful situations. Our plan is to start out small by rescuing and adopting animals that the Dog Control Officer (DCO) seizes and dependent on available funding sources and volunteers, the organization will grow.
Board of Directors:
Christie Speciale, President
Sue Preset, Treasurer
Toi Nehring, Secretary
About Our Board
Christie Speciale: Christie founded Tanner’s P.A.W.S. in March of 2012, a year after losing her 4-legged child, Tanner, to cancer. She’s been rescuing and volunteering for local shelters for 13 years. Realizing that there wasn’t an animal shelter in Corning, NY, Christie decided to start one. A posting to Facebook started it all. She posted seeking for Board Members to start this journey with her. During this time, she sold her house in order to buy a house in a kennel permitted area and to build a shelter to save animals. Christie has had animals ever since she can remember. From turtles to bunnies to dogs and cats. Rescuing became part of her lifestyle at a very young age. Christie has her Master’s Degree in Psychology with a focus on Non-Profit Management from the University of the Rockies. Christie is employed as the Executive Director of a non-profit drug and alcohol prevention organization and is the President of Tanner’s P.A.W.S.
Sue Preset: Sue was the first to responded to Christie’s post on Facebook seeking assistance and for Board Members. Sue was the Finance Director at Corning Hospital and is now the Union Liaison for Union 1199. Sue has grown up with animals and she is our foster for pregnant females and difficult to adopt dogs. Sue has 30 years of experience with raising puppies and has rescued animals since she can remember. Sue is Tanner’s P.A.W.S. Treasurer.
Toi Nehring: Toi joined the Board in August 2013. Toi is a Licensed Practical Nurse. Toi is our acting Secretary. Toi has been an avid animal lover her whole life and started as a volunteer with Tanner’s P.A.W.S. then was appointed on to the board.
Marie Parsons, Adoption Coordinator
Susan Buchanan, Foster Coordinator
Katie Madden, Event Coordinator