We are a small team of animal lovers. We love what we do, and we do it with passion.
Denise Richter Pena
Co Founder, Co Director
I started BePAWS They Matter with Co Founder/ Director Toni Vargas from another local rescue. Our goal is to educate on respect for all living beings, and how important spay and neutering is, and how it affects the number of pets in kill shelters today . Nowhere is too far for us. We go where we are needed. Monthly we travel to Arkansas to save as many as we can off of the brutal kill list. We support our tri state area shelters, owner surrenders, strays and save off of Craigslist. This has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. I am so proud of what we have accomplished and, look forward to many years of life saving journeys. Our vision and drive is simple to improve and keep an honest animal rescue , focus on developing and maintaining our rescue with a pure heart, experience and integrity.
Tennessee Adoptions Assistant,
Hi everyone, My name is Amy 🐾I’m a huge animal lover, even as a young child I wanted to save every animal that was on or close to the road. I started fostering when I saw a found dog had ended up in the shelter. He was a senior that was not neutered, the only way to get him out of the shelter there and then was to foster with intent to adopt once neutered. He didn’t live as long as I would have liked, but continued to foster thanks to him. Fostering and saving lives became a regular occurrence in my life and I couldn’t imagine my life any other way. I love helping all animals and finding them their perfect forever home.
Michelle Sabella Transport Coordinator, Supplies
Hi I’m Michelle and, I’m the Operations Supervisor & Transport Supervisor here at BePAWS.
I have loved the animals as far back as I can remember. I may be the crazy animal lady but, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I wish could save them all. Fostering is my way of helping the homeless animals. I give them love and a home until they are adopted. It makes me happy and sad at the same time. It’s hard to let them go and, I know I’m just a pit stop on their journey to a forever home. I saw this saying somewhere and it’s so perfect “It doesn’t have matter how much money you have or what possessions you own.” ” Having a dog makes you feel rich!”
Transport Coordinator & Supplies
My name is Michelle Bosak. My family got into rescuing with retired racing greyhounds many years ago . We love dogs and the joy they bring to a home. I’m also an elementary teacher and share my dog stories with my students. I have 4 rescue fur kids and 4 human kids!
Media /Assistant Transport Coordinator / Director/Founder of BePaws Little Feet Matter Too
My name is Carly Bosak, I am a student at Liberty high school, I enjoy taking pictures and making vlogs. My Passion for dogs/animals is one of the most important things about me. I would do anything I could to save an animals life. I love volunteering for BePaws because it gives me the opportunity to do what I love.
” Keeper of the hounds”
Resident Training Expert
I’m Kris Tracey and I have been part of the solution for my entire life. I’ve always taken on the difficult dogs, the ones that need the most understanding. I’m proud to now be a part of the BePAWS team as the “keeper of the hounds” ( as Denise calls me). I’ve been training dogs professionally for 22 years and there’s nothing more important to me than saving, rescuing, and helping owners/fosters learn to understand how to invite a dog into their home and help those dogs understand how to live in a world that they don’t understand, but I assure you, they want to! Dogs are easy, dogs are HONEST! I am here to help the team, the fosters, the adopters. I’m proud to be a part of the BePAWS team!!!!
My name is Beth and I’m a hairdresser and furniture painter. I am passionate about new beginnings. I’ve had a love of dogs my whole life. I love to see the transformation. The sad and broken become loved and adored, the light is brought back to their eyes. I want to help as many as I can feel the love again or feel love for the first time.