Founder Staci Ventura and her husband Eric Crespo began to develop the idea of Adoption First Animal Rescue in 2011 while working for a rescue in the San Diego, CA area. When Eric was stationed in North Carolina the two realized how much help the rural areas needed and decided to pursue the idea of Adoption First! The Rescue officially started on October 1, 2013 and received its 501c3 status as an official non profit organization in 2014. Since then the rescue has developed a great team of volunteers and established a board of directors who run the day to day operations. A board member, Dakota Love moved to Kentucky and branched our rescue out of state! She started in Kentucky to focus on seniors providing hospice homes, puppies who need medical attention, helping local shelters, and even out of state.
Dakota, the director of Kentucky Adoption First started fostering and volunteering for the NC branch in 2017. She then moved to her home state, and wanted to branch us out there! We are now saving lives in Kentucky and out of state on occasion.
Dakota is the director of the Kentucky branch. "I started fostering with Adoption First in 2017. I started fostering because I have always had a passion for animals, and wanted to help them. I wanted to save lives, and change the world one animal at a time!"
Staci is the founder of Adoption First Animal Rescue and the current President. She was raised in California and has lived in North Carolina for the last few years. She has a passion for dogs and wants to help the community, educate the public, and lower euthanasia rates in public shelters.
Heidi joined the Adoption First team after being a customer. She adopted her dog from Adoption First in 2014 and has taken a more active role in the organization. She currently is the Vice President and wants to share her experience with others.
Sabrina started with Adoption First in 2016 and strived to make Adoption First more active in the community. She is the Grant Writer and Event Coordinator. With her help the rescue has secured many grants and hosted community events.