Who we are
Founders Ellen Quinlan (Executive Director) and Alan Gould
pictured in Watkins Glen
West Palm Beach Foster Manager,
pictured with her husband
Natalie Bean, Darbster Kitty Facility Manager
I have always had a strong connection with animals and to this day strive to better understand and help them. Working with animals came naturally. I grew up with pets of all kinds, eventually worked as a pet sitter and then got a kennel job at a small vet practice. I spent two years there gaining a stronger understanding of dogs, how to communicate with and care for them. I was particularly passionate about working with the more nervous, "difficult" canines and felt especially driven to help the strays that came into our care(one of which came home with me).
Coming to Darbster, I was thrilled to be a part of the rescue world. It's been a pleasure getting to work every day with cats of all kinds, learning their behaviors and unique personalities all while finding them the forever homes they deserve.
Deb Hamilton, Medical Manager
Deb has been in the veterinary field for 20+ years doing everything from general practice, emergency medicine, and her all time favorite, shelter medicine.
It was in North Carolina that she worked with the ASPCA on 3 large animal cases. She loves animal welfare. In NC she started a Barn Cat program. She does have an interest in community cats and helping save the lives of all animals.
Deb is married and has 2 wonderful children. In her spare time, she loves being outdoors and also spending time with her horse Rocket.
Jessica LeClerc, Kennel Technician
Jessica has worked with animals since 2005. She started in a dog kennel, taking care of over 200 animals at a time. She has also worked in dog rescue for 4 years and has been a part of the Darbster Kitty team for almost 2 years. To say she loves animals is an understatement. She enjoys pet sitting and does not exclude any animal, breed or size.
Crystal Calabria, Kennel Technician
Hi, Crystal here! My passion for helping animals started when living near Seattle, Washington (where we were stationed) I would take in military members family pets from cats to dogs and even some more exotic creatures, when they for whatever reason couldn't take them to their new duty stations. I would get them used to whatever other animals I had in my house as well as my
kids, get them vetted if needed, and then rehoused to new FURever homes!
When on a morning run back in NH I ran past Darbster Kitty and applied to be a volunteer. I was soon after offered a position on the staff, where I plan on continuing my passion for helping animals within the shelter and helping to find these fur babies loving and amazing families!
Kelly Pellegrino, Community Outreach Coordinator
Kelly has been an animal lover from day 1, but never knew she could morph her passion for animals into a career until working at Darbster. Kelly is instrumental in maintaining active and strong relationships between partner stores, in addition to planning adoption events and marketing for Darbster. She also manages foster and volunteer activities throughout New Hampshire.
In the future, Kelly strives to become an animal welfare activist on a macro level. Kelly has two dogs and two kitties of her own, one being Tula, pictured here.