About Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary

Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary Staff

Luisa Chocron

Founder & Board member

Luisa ChocronSince childhood I have had a soft spot in my heart for animals. Growing up I took every opportunity to spend time with the few animals that showed up in our family. Somehow an initial career path to veterinary school took a turn and I ended up in commercial interior design.

As my love for animals remained strong, I began to volunteer at a local animal shelter. Over the years I volunteered wherever needed including cat and dog adoptions and fostering 30+ plus dogs (mainly Pit Bulls). Then finally after purchasing my first home and before unpacking I adopted Claudia into my life. She was closely followed by Oscar, and Porter with Sadie tumbling after. My volunteer path lead me to the areas where injured animals were treated. Here I found my passion for helping dogs and cats that would never "make it out" such as my one eyed Leo, having sustained severe head trauma from abuse. Noticing the large number of discarded older dogs and cats, I narrowed my focus to the seniors. Thus my vision for Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary was born.

My hope is to fill a void for the senior animals who have been discarded or lost their humans, the ones more difficult to place, the ones that aren't as "adoptable" and the simply forgotten souls. I feel they deserve to live out their last few years, months, weeks, and yes, sometimes even days with dignity knowing they are loved. My home is a busy one that I share with my husband, daughter, and our six furry family members. Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary is my offering and I invite you to join me in making a difference.

"If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make the change." - Michael Jackson

Angie Lipschuetz, PhD

Director of Fundraising

Angie LipschuetzAngie grew up in Kansas City with a love for the Chiefs, Royals, Jayhawks, and her pets. At two years old, she named her first dog Bandy. One of her fondest memories of childhood was laying on the floor with Bandy laying on her back. Angie shared her passion for helping animals with her passion for helping people. She graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s in psychology and went on to the University of Kansas to complete a PhD in counseling psychology. She was a therapist for several years in university counseling centers providing individual and group therapy to students, faculty, and staff. After moving to the warmth of Arizona, she began working in higher education administration and now oversees doctoral programs, curriculum, and policy.

Outside of her professional career, she enjoys volunteering for organizations focused on social change. Angie mentored youth through organizations in Kansas and Arizona as well as volunteered for pet rescues. The first dog Angie rescued was a black lab mix named Bailey who was by her side for 15 years. Truly understanding what it was like to care for a senior pet, Angie decided FLPS was the perfect match for her. She is grateful every day to be a part of an organization that provides love and care to senior animals.

Debi Tobin

Treasurer

Debi TobinDebi is originally from Spokane, Washington where she developed a love for animals at an early age and, as a child, always had one or more rescue kitties. After an unsuccessful attempt at becoming a rock star, she graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in professional accounting, which is pretty close to rock star.

About four years ago, Debi was visiting a cousin in Spokane, who had just adopted a Chihuahua. It was all over at that point, and within a few months, Debi adopted a Chiweenie and within another few months adopted a Chihuahua to keep the first dog company. This is when Debi decided that she wanted to volunteer with a rescue organization and learned about FLPS. After meeting Luisa and seeing the sanctuary, Debi wanted to become part of the FLPS team and assist with the finance function.

Debi is a CPA with over thirty years of accounting experience. Outside the office, Debi spends her free time spoiling her dogs and cats, listening to music and working out.

Joanna Wood

Board member

Joanna RubleJoanna is originally from Highland, Indiana, a suburb in NW Indiana just outside Chicago. At 16, she relocated to Arizona with her mother and finished high school in Gilbert. Then, went back to the Midwest to attend Purdue University and studied Interior Design. Joanna has been active in the commercial design community in the Valley since 2001.

As an only child, Joanna's love for animals blossomed early. After graduating from college, she sought to rescue a kitty of her very own. Amelia was a 2 year old seal point mitted Ragdoll and was adopted from a local non-profit called AZ R.E.S.C.U.E. She truly was Joanna's soul mate. At the young age of 9, Amelia passed over the rainbow bridge on October 2, 2012 after a long time battle with CRF (Chronic Renal Failure) that developed after removing a cancerous mammary tumor. Joanna's life was forever changed because of Amelia, so honoring her memory was of utmost importance. Becoming a donor to R.E.S.C.U.E.'s medical program was not enough and she needed more.

After working with Luisa here and there on animal events and the annual yard sales for Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary, Joanna decided that becoming an official Board Member / Volunteer with FLPS was exactly what needed to be done to honor Amelia. While in love with all animals, Joanna has been a cat person for almost all of her life. She is our resident "cat lady" at Forever Loved; always making sure we don't forget about the cats that need us!

Kim Sasso

Board member

Kim SassoAnimals have been my passion since I can remember I had my first horse at 8 years old. I was born in Albuquerque, NM. Married my high school sweet heart and moved to Los Gatos, CA in 1989 and then to Phoenix in 1999. Married for 31 years, two children (awesome kids) many dogs, chinchilla, hedgehogs, rabbits, rats, turtles, lizards, a goose, 3 birds and many rescues in between. I am currently a real estate agent for HomeSmart Real Estate. I love volunteering, at church, building houses in Mexico, volunteering at the hospital and also for Phoenix Rescue Mission helping the homeless on the streets of Phoenix. LIFE IS BLESSING.

Tracy Wright

Board member

Tracy WrightAfter spending more than 10 years in the mortgage industry, Tracy felt she wasn’t doing what she was meant to do and should be in a field that focused on directly helping others. With a love for seniors, Tracy now works as a Business Director in the Assisted Living Industry, and noticed a need for support for animals that are displaced when residents are no longer healthy enough to take care of their pets. Care communities are often not staffed to take care of the pets along with the residents, and many times families do not want to take the pets into their homes. She found herself walking resident’s dogs, taking dogs in her home when residents were in the hospital and even taking over the care of the community koi/ turtle ponds. Always on the lookout for stray animals in need, and the first her friends call when they find a stray for advice on what to do, she realized she had a calling to do even more for animals and the rescue community.

She first learned about FLPS by an ad looking for volunteers and was impressed with the organizations mission. Focusing on senior aged animals, FLPS is a perfect match for her. After participating in a few adoption events, getting to know the dogs in the sanctuary, and then experiencing the joy of a few being adopted into their new forever homes, she knew this was an area she wanted to participate more in and jumped at the chance to become a member of the Board of Directors.

Tracy is originally from North Carolina and moved to Arizona in 2010. She lives in Chandler with her husband, Paige, their 15 year old cat Sydney, and 2 spoiled Chihuahuas named Sam and Charlie.