Ted Shumway – Founder/President

Dogs have been part of my life since I was old enough to remember. They have been and continue to be wonderful friends and companions. Receiving their love and reciprocating it back to them is one of my life’s greatest pleasures.

The fundamental truth is that dogs age faster than humans. We watch them age and grow old in a matter of 10 to 15 years. Some grow old gracefully and pass away of natural causes, while others pass away sooner, for any myriad of reasons. Dog lovers know this all too well.

Through my work with rescues and animal support groups, I have found that many senior or elderly dogs are abandoned as their needs become more specialized. That is concerning. My experience of senior and elderly dogs is they still have all the love in their heart and are so worthy of being cared for.

I have never had a dog actually speak the words to me but I do believe that if we were to ask a dog whether he wants to live or not, he would say, “Yes, just as much as humans do.” Unfortunately, there are the cases where dogs and animals may be in constant pain or diseased to the point that their suffering should be taken into account. In many cases however, senior dogs just require more patience and care.

We have a mission of providing a comfortable, healthy and happy living environment for seniors in need, while making continuous efforts to transition them into loving “forever homes.”

“If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” – Will Rogers

Jeanette Batur – Fundraising and Marketing Director

I have always loved dogs and found a special kind of joy when I am in their presence. As anyone who has owned an aging dog knows, as our furry friends age, that is when they need our love and support the most. Having the opportunity to work with the seniors at Wise Tails is a tremendous gift, especially seeing the transformation with many of the dogs between the time they arrive at Wise Tails and after they have settled comfortably into their *finally* forever home.

Jerry Shumway – Treasurer

In regard to the age-old question, “Are you a dog-person or a cat-person?” It has never been a debate for me. Cats are wonderful companions, but there’s something about dogs that has always held a special place in my heart. Whether it is a dog’s unconditional love or their unrelenting excitement as you walk through the door, a dog will never let you down.

Throughout my life I grew up with dogs and as I’ve gotten older, I have only grown to love and appreciate them even more with every passing year. As a person that whole-heartedly loves every dog I cross paths with, I could not be more excited to be a part of Wise Tails – A Senior Dog Sanctuary.

Any dog lover will tell you, senior dogs are just puppies with a bounty of stories to tell, and I look forward to sharing these stories and finding loving homes for our furry friends.

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”

–Josh Billings

Teddy Shumway JR – Board Member

I have been around dogs my whole life and it’s easy to see why they’re mans best friend. I’m extremely grateful for Wise Tails and the opportunity to be around these senior dogs.

Danielle Lady – Rescue Facility Manager

Hello, My Name is Danielle Lady & I am the Rescue facility assistant at Wise Tails. I have always loved dogs since I could remember. I am the proud owner of very hyper Siberian Husky named Gunner! He has became my pride, my joy, my first baby, and my heart! He’s taught me to be patient, live in the moment, to be silly and laugh a lot! I am extremely blessed to be apart of the Wise Tails Team! I am very happy to be of service to senior dogs and provide them with joy, love, happiness and a good quality of life.

Angela Chandler – Facility Assistant Manager

Hello! My name is Angela Chandler and I am a Rescue facility assistant at Wise Tails. Ever since I was young, I have always loved dogs and known that it is part of my life’s calling to help animals in need. Wise Tails has allowed me to fulfill this through our rescue work with elderly dogs. I am so grateful to work with a team who appreciate the value of prioritizing these dogs’ needs and comfort, and who genuinely love and care for our furry friends. It is truly a joy to be a part of giving these dogs the quality of life that they deserve!

Dominique Morrison – Facility Assistant

There’s nothing more rewarding than being a part of a foundation that has a sole purpose of providing a sacred space for animals. I have fallen in love with every little furry resident as well as the Wise Tails team. Elderly dogs deserve all the love and respect humans can offer and Wise Tails provides them with exactly that. “Before you get a dog, you can’t quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can’t imagine living any other way.”