I love all dogs and cats. I formed Chuck Waggin’ Pet Food Pantry, a division of PACC911, because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of hungry pets and the families who own them. I was in the mortgage industry for more than 30 years as a Manager, Regional Manager and Managing Vice President. I now work part time for the City of Phoenix, Parks and Recreation Division. Pets are a big part of the American family today and some of these families are being torn apart because of financial difficulties. If I can help at least 1 family stay together with their pet, by helping feed that animal through Chuck Waggin’ Pet Food Pantry, then I have started the process of achieving my goal.
I balance a hectic career in banking and operating Sedona Natural, a wholesale pet treat business with involvement in pet welfare, adoption, education and fundraising. I started volunteering with Chuck Waggin’ Pet Food Pantry in 2013, and then joined the Board in 2014. I grew up in rural Pennsylvania in a house with pets, some we rescued and others found their way to us. I attribute my love and concern for animals to my mother, who to this day my friends still call “Mother Nature” because when she walks outside ducks, geese, squirrels, cats, dogs and birds come out of hiding and race to her as she always has pockets full of food and treats. I follow her example by adopting: First was Bailey, a Golden Retriever and currently two pit bulls, Leo & Lola who are happy to be tasters for every batch of Sedona Natural treats before they’re shipped.
My involvement with Chuck Waggin’ has offered me the opportunity to meet some amazing people who share my passion for animal welfare. I’ve also seen some unfortunate situations which are what fuel my desire to help keep pets and families together and find safe, loving homes for animals that haven’t had a good life. I know I can’t save them all, but I can give my all!
Tina Lopez has been involved in Animal Welfare since 2003. She has volunteered for many organizations and in addition to serving on the board for Chuck Waggin’, she currently fosters Chihuahuas for Maricopa County Animal Care & Control. Tina has built a career in non-profit working for the Arizona Humane Society, Arizona Animal Welfare League and most recently the Executive Director of Friends of Animal Care & Control. She also helped start up Lost Our Home Pet Foundation, serving as the Vice President on their nonprofit board. Tina currently serves as the Chief Development Officer for Save the Family Foundation which serves homeless, veteran and working poor families in Maricopa County. She is very passionate about the cause of animal welfare and will advocate for an animal in need NO MATTER WHAT!
When I think about what is important in my life, not only do family and special people come to mind, but also pets. I have an affinity for the senior population, and realize the value and significance pets play in the lives of the elderly. I promote our Chuck Waggin’ Pet Food Pantry wherever I go. We have 4 rescue dogs in our household and I treasure each one: Darby, Samantha, Tazz, and Chance. I can’t imagine my life without pets and love being involved in the animal community. Pets, like people, are products of their upbringing and environment, but even in bad situations, pets can still manage to love unconditionally. What lessons we all can learn from these special, innocent animals.
Penny McGinn – Treasurer
Penny McGinn has loved all animals all her life, and comes from a family in a small town, Bluffton, Ohio. “The more the merrier” was the families motto and dogs, cats, horses, chickens, guinea pigs, parrots, turtles, frogs, and fish were all a part of Penny’s happy life! All creatures big and small were loved and cherished.
Currently Penny serves as the PACC911 and Chuck Waggin Treasurer, along with lots of other tasks to keep life full and busy.
She works hard to give her animals a better life, including: Ramsay, Harlyn, Farley, Cabana and Chancie.