The perfect team —
Nicole DiPaolo — President & Founder, Adoption Coordinator (Cats & Dogs)
In July 2014, Nicole visited Puerto Rico for the first time. Her husband grew up in Arroyo and upon reaching his hometown Nicole was in tears. With the help of another organization, she rescued 3 satos from Playa Chiropolis. She began fostering and advocating as much as she could. In August 2015, Paws4Survival Rescue Inc. was born.
In addition to dedicating her time to Puerto Rico rescue, Nicole is employed with Verizon as a Project Manager and also a certified Wildlife Rehabilitator for the State of Massachusetts.
Julie Pabian — Vice President, Social Media Coordinator, Adoption Coordinator (Dogs)
A life-long dog lover, Julie and her husband adopted their first sato in 2014. After learning about the dog population in Puerto Rico, she knew she had to do something to help and started volunteering. Julie began working with Paws4Survival in 2016 after adopting her second sato, a Paws alum named Antonio. As VP, Julie helps with a variety of day-to-day tasks including our social media, website, fostering, fundraising & adoption coordination. She also works full-time in educational publishing.
Kristen Kiraly Aaron — Director: Board of Directors, Adoption Coordinator (Dogs)
Kristen is a longtime dog lover and documentary filmmaker, and has been able to combine these two passions with Paws4Survival. Kristen’s first documentary looked at PTSD in military working dogs, and her most recent two films followed the rescue efforts of the Paws4Survival team in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
Kristen is part of the Paws4Survival adoption team, fosters, and has two rescues of her own (including Ellie, a P4S foster failure)
Sammy Rodriguez — Transport Volunteer for Puerto Rico
Sammy has been volunteering for Paws4Survival for the last several years, and he is a tremendous asset to our team. Many of you may remember Brownie, now Sammy, (named after his foster dad!), who are pictured at the left. Sammy rescued this sweet boy and fostered and loved him while Brownie was going through our vetting protocols. Sammy has fostered several others for us as well. Sammy is the proud dad of 3 Satos and 2 two legged children... Samuel, Rosybel, Pongo, Golda and Choko