"WHO ARE WE ?
.... We are people who love pets."
Everyone connected with Precious Paws, including the Board Of Directors, is a
No one with Precious Paws is a paid employee.
Precious Paws was established in October 2003 by Georgyne La Lone.
We are a California State & Federally Incorporated 501(c)3 Non-Profit Rescue Organization.
Our Federal ID Number is 03-0455334
Message From The Directors
has accomplished much in our first years, but this is only the beginning
We want to be able to do much much more.
We have been
blessed with very good friends who have contributed greatly in many ways
We would like to thank them ever so sincerely. We owe them a
On behalf of our rescues, we are pleased that you care about the
other creatures who share this Earth with us!"
Info Updated January 2014
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
GEORGYNE LALONE -
While working at Paramount Studios, Georgyne was approached
by a friend to help her find a home for a cat she found living in her
carport right after the 1994 earthquake. The friend had exhausted all
resources trying to find the cat’s owner. At that time Georgyne was
handling Patrick Stewart’s travel arrangements as he was working on Star
Trek: The Next Generation. During a conversation right before the
earthquake, Patrick had mentioned that he wanted a cat. Remembering
that, Georgyne contacted Patrick and said she had a cat for him and he
just had to have her! It was love at first site, and Patrick adopted
Bella. It was such a gratifying feeling finding that home for Bella that
Georgyne decided that was her calling... that she wanted to work in
rescue to help find homes for other homeless animals.
Georgyne became a volunteer with Lifeline For Pets a couple of months
later. Georgyne then started taking care of the cats on the Paramount
lot, she would take in the kittens and friendly adults, get them ready
for adoption and find them homes. She trapped the wild adult cats, got
them spayed or neutered and released them back on the Paramount lot.
Georgyne founded Precious Paws in 2002 as a registered non-profit group
who's sole purpose is to make a difference in the lives of these amazing
animals, each one with their own story, life and love to give to a
special person or family.
- Vice President
LeAnn Moen began her career
as Executive Assistant to Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion. From that
position she went on to be the assistant for Richard Perry of Planet
Records, who was the most renowned producer in the field of popular
music during the 1970s working with recording artists such as The
Pointer Sisters, Rod Stewart, Barbara Streisand, to name a few. She then
moved on to promoting concerts in Honolulu for five years, then moved
back to California to work for well known record producer, Bob Ezrin, who
produced “The Wall” for Pink Floyd, Kiss, Alice Cooper, among many
others. Then moved on to work for the CEO and COO of the House Of Blues
for six years. Currently she is working for the Chairman of
Ticketmaster, Terry Barnes.
LeAnn was in a girl group, SWEETALK, that was produced by
Bobby Sherman in the early 80’s. They recorded in Bobby’s home studio.
There were 3 girls that sang 3-part harmony. The group broke up before
they released the LP. LeAnn still stays in touch with the girls and
LeAnn met Georgyne when Georgyne contacted LeAnn to get concert tickets
for Michael Piller in 2003 and for some reason they started talking
about cats, oh what a surprise. Not only did Georgyne get the concert
tickets for Michael, but Precious Paws gained a new friend! LeAnn began
by soliciting for donations from her friends and co workers to help
bail out shelter cats. LeAnn did such a
fantastic job she was given the position of Director of Fundraising
in 2007. In 2010 she was elected Vice President. LeAnn has the unique
ability to find homes for the hard to place cats. For example, in 2008, alone,
LeAnn has pulled and found homes for about 15 adult and senior cats
that were on death row at our local city animal control facilities. LeAnn also helps at
our adoption events and fosters one or two shelter rescues.
PAULA ROBERTSON –
Paula is currently working on keeping our website as current as possible. She's a mother
of one son born in 1980, a grandmom to one and a cat mom to “ a couple of cats”. For approximately 20 years she was a landlord
and property manager, running the family rental business. She is also a
Registered Dental Assistant and was a photographer for Hi Torque publications.
Paula became a volunteer with Lifeline For Pets when one of Lifeline’s
volunteers gave Paula a kitten without collecting an adoption fee. Paula offered to volunteer her time to work off the $40 adoption fee.
That was in 1991. Paula quickly became an Lifeline's go-to bottle-baby / unweaned
kitten foster parent. She is now OUR expert on Bottle Babies. Paula has also been involved during
the maturation of the most well established rescue groups in L.A.
County. There was a time when there was no social networking. She worked with other groups to get them to work together to disseminate information via computer, email and that new thing "the internet". All the hours, all to save the sweet lives of
many pets. Through a fellow volunteer with Lifeline, Jordana Arkin, Paula met
Georgyne. Soon thereafter Georgyne started volunteering with Lifeline.
The rest, as they say, “is history” and is full of "tails,
tears, smiles and laughs". Paula continues her volunteer website
involvement with Precious Paws. She has also designed and built web
& social networking sites, for Elayne Boosler's "Tails Of
Joy" and Liz Luster's "On
Shore Foundation", to the specifications of the founders of these
SUZANNE WELKE - Treasurer
Suzanne is an Associate Producer
for television. She has worked many shows in her 20 year career such as
'Wings", "Frasier", and "Girlfriends" for Paramount Pictures, as well as
"The X-Files" for 20th Century Fox. Her involvement in animal rescue
began during her time on "Wings" where she met Precious Paws' founder,
Georgyne. Also, while at Paramount, Suzanne married Stephen Welke,
Co-Producer of "Star Trek: Voyager" and Star Trek's "Enterprise" and most recently "Eureka".
Currently, Suzanne is raising 2 human daughters, and 2 feline sons. To make a little "pocket money" during her 'free time' Suzanne is running Memories Custom Finishing. A service for those involved in needlepoint.
CARLA ROSELLI -
Director, TNR / Ferals
Carla is originally from Chicago. She got her
start in rescue by trapping a feral mom cat with kittens. She
found them in an old van in a junkyard behind her film class. In 1997
Carla headed to Los Angeles to work in the film industry. She drove
across country with her 2 cats (including one from that old van in the
junkyard). Carla got a job at Paramount in 1999 where she still works in
the post production /projection dept.
She met Georgyne at Paramount
when she wanted to get involved with helping the cats on the Paramount
lot. The rest is history. From 2005 - 2009 Carla served as our Vice President. But, she wanted to focus her volunteer energies on the need for TNR.
JEANNA CRAWFORD - Director, Events
Jeanna has worked in the Film
Industry for close to 20 years. Having moved to Los Angeles from her native St.
Louis, Missouri, she has worked on such films as Men
In Black, True Lies, Army of Darkness, Bram Stoker's Dracula, and The Attack of
the 50' Woman. Jeanna Has also worked as a freelance
Webmistress for the Official Monty Python's Flying Circus web site:
PythOnline.com. Over the many years on film sets, Jeanna has become
an activist for feral cats. Utilizing the TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) program
Jeanna successfully managed to round up and maintain several
colonies on the special effects studios back lots. This experience naturally
lent itself to joining forces with Precious Paws and
Georgyne in their tireless effort to make a difference in the lives of these
wonderful furry friends. In addition, Jeanna is the mother of one young lady born in 2002 and to two senior kitties.
(all lists below are in alphabetical order)
SAMANTHA & SABRINA WELKE
ELIZA SIMONS ROBERTS
OUT OF STATE
Nov. 2011 @ Petco - Glendale