Meet Our Team


SayulitAnimals is run by a core group of staff, and an amazing team of volunteers who come to Sayulita from countries around the world. SayulitAnimals would not be able to do the work it does without the selfless efforts of these gentle yet hardy souls, whose immeasurable contributions — both past and present — have made a lasting and positive difference in the lives of the street animals of Sayulita.

Sara Briner with Puppy

Sara Briner

SayulitAnimals’ President, Sara Briner, came to Mexico from Switzerland in 2003, and eventually settled down in Sayulita in 2005. Her first dog Esmeralda, a mutt from the area, opened her heart and eyes to the suffering of dogs and cats in the community, and after witnessing more and more maltreatment, Sara decided to do something about it! Her life is now dedicated to animal welfare and community education, and she also heads up SayulitAnimals Adoption Program, which connects lost and abandoned dogs and cats with new owners and homes in Mexico, the US, Canada and across the globe.


Shelly Yogev petting a German Shepherd

Shelly Yogev

Shelly Yogev, head of SayulitAnimals’ Medical Aid Program, was born in Jerusalem, Israel and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois. She has been living in Sayulita full-time since October, 2006, and has an M.D. and a Masters degree in Public Health. With her medical background, she instantly saw the overwhelming need for medical aid for street animals in Sayulita, and began taking in street dogs on day one. Shelly walks her talk: she was a volunteer at SayulitAnimals on the day it opened, and now not only heads up the SayulitAnimals’ Medical Aid Program, but also provides a loving home for 5 of Sayulita’s street dogs as well.


SAYULITANIMALS’ FAMILY


When the going gets tough and a midnight run to the local tienda for electrolytes, a trip to the airport, or help rounding up an injured animal is needed, it’s this group of dedicated animal helpers that typically answer the call. So, for service above and beyond the call of duty, we are pleased to introduce you to SayultAnimals’ Family:

CHARLOTTE BURNS
STACEY ELKINS

WILL ESTES
BLISS FISHER

GRETHEL FONSECA
TAMI VLACO

SAYULITANIMALS’ FOSTER HEROes


Before they find their fur-ever homes, many dogs and cats in Sayulita spend quality time getting healthy, learning to trust and just generally being loved by people who are willing to bear the little (and sometimes BIG) bit of sadness that comes when their four-legged wards get adopted. So, in acknowledgement of their big and bouncy hearts, we are pleased to introduce you to SayultAnimals’ Foster Heroes:

MARY BRODERICK
KATIE DAVIS
STACEY ELKINS

ZOEY PIERCE
ERIC STEINMAN
LINA WEISSMAN

HECTOR ESPARZA
GABRIEL + WENDY JONES

SAYULITANIMALS’ ANGELS


When SayulitAnimals’ Spay + Neuter clinics are in full swing, visiting Veterinarians (who also donate their time and skills), can often operate on more than 40 animals over a two-day period. Because post-operative monitoring and care is of the highest priority for SayulitAnimals, volunteers are pressed into action. We also have a great group of people who staff our info and merchandise kiosk in town, work on our Website, or contribute in some other way. So, in acknowledgement for all they do, we are pleased to introduce you to SayulitAnimals’ Angels:

MARY BRODERICK
MIMI BUFFETRILLE
MICKI CUNNINGHAM
WILL ESTES
SUZANNE FOLTZ

PAULA GIGNAC
CYNTHIA GILLESPIE
SUZANNE GRAVELLE
KAREN JACOBS
SARA FRASER

WENDY JONES
CONNEI LA CROIX
LORNA LISSNER
JACQUE PREBLE

BETH REICHERT
ASTRID VANYA
LINA WEISSMAN
MARIA ZACHE


NOT ABLE TO VOLUNTEER, BUT STILL WANT TO HELP?


Financial donations matter just as much as hands-on help, and in fact, without the financial generosity of our community, the day-to-day operation of our organization could not continue.


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