Love & Friendship Adoption Center Animal Care Team

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Tim DeVore

Executive Director

Tim DeVore is a Decorah native who in his free time enjoys cycling the trail, video games, cooking, and reading. His draw to the humane society was his love for animals of all shapes and sizes. He learned about the shelter from Andrew Shawver, Operations Director, and his constant passion to help and provide a wonderfully caring environment for each animal. 
  He takes joy in working with both the pups and cats at the shelter to discover each individual animals personalities and hopes to hear about all the mischief they get themselves into once they are in their forever homes.

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Andrew Shawver

Operations and Animal Care Director

Andrew Shawver lives in Fort Atkinson, IA and has worked at the HSNEI Love & Friendship Adoption Center for four and a half years. He was a volunteer at the Adoption Center before he joined the Center staff. His love for animals drew him to HSNEI.
  Andrew enjoys working with both cats and dogs at the Center and loves seeing animals go to their forever homes. His most rewarding adoption was Rocky, a dog who came to the Center very scared of everyone. Andrew would eat lunch with Rocky in his kennel until Rocky grew to trust him. It was Andrew's dedication to and patience with Rocky that helped him find his forever home. 

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Kaija Klein

Animal Care Assistant

Kaija Klein is originally from Rapid City, South Dakota but lives in Decorah. Her love and passion for helping animals is what drew her to HSNEI. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her Labrador Retriever Noel, family and friends.
She is currently pursing a vet tech degree and hopes in the future she is able to have her own rescue so she can continue to help animals in need. She loves working at HSNEI because there she is able to help animals that are in need of homes and love. She likes to work with both cats and dogs.
She thinks the most rewarding part about working at HSNEI is seeing the change in the animals when they go from being at the shelter to their forever homes. She loves when adopters give updates on how their animal is doing after they are brought to their forever homes and she loves that she was able to be part of the process in getting them to their forever homes. She thinks every animal deserves a loving home and at HSNEI she is able to help make that happen.

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Brittney Ehrie

Animal Care Assistant

Brittney has always lived in the country in Decorah, Iowa. She has always had animals as pets: cats, dogs, cows, horses, rabbits, goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese. Her favorite animals are Boxers. 
The Humane Society is a great place for her to continue her passion for animals.  She enjoys learning each animal's personality. Her goal is to provide happiness for these animals and she hopes that each finds their forever home. 

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Keely Timp

Animal Care Assistant

Keely Timp has grown up and lived in the communities surrounding Decorah. She was drawn to The Humane Society through Andrew and Dr. Sarah, but took more of an interest in becoming part of it after adopting Frankie Lou (formerly Poppy) in 2020. Through the adoption process she was able to see the great work being done at HSNEI and enjoys getting to be part of that process. Getting to know the personalities of the animals and getting to see them find their forever home has been the best part of the work.

In her spare time Keely enjoys hiking, horseback riding and going on adventures with Frankie Lou and her camera.

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Alanna Pals

Animal Care Assistant

I have always been an animal lover for as long as I can remember. On our family farm, I've been lucky enough to have horses, donkeys, rabbits, cats, dogs, pretty much any animal that needed a home, we provided one. My mom and I became really interested in rescuing animals that no one else wanted and somehow they found their way to us.

When I started school at Luther, I missed my pets more than anything and inquired about a work-study position at the humane society because I wanted to be around animals and do something to help animals in need. Animals deserve so much love, and I am a huge advocate for the human-animal bond that is so much greater than we can begin to understand. While at Luther, I am pursuing a degree in Psychology to go into Animal-Assisted Therapy.

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Kayla Gibson

Animal Care Assistant

Kayla Gibson is originally from Detroit, Michigan, and is currently studying biology at Luther College. Her love for animals began at a young age and has since guided her to the Humane Society, where she loves to build relationships with each animal, her coworkers, and volunteers. At home, she loves to cuddle with her three dogs and rescue cat, Goose, who inspired her to join the team at HSNEI. Kayla's favorite part about working at the HSNEI is helping scared, timid animals grow into loving, friendly pets. She believes that any animal can be rehabilitated by a loving human, and that is exactly her mission at the shelter and in life.

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Sydney Nelson

Animal Care Assistant

Sydney Nelson is from Albert Lea, Minnesota. She is currently attending Luther College for Nursing. She has always had dogs and/or cats at her home. In her free time, she likes to spend her time with family, friends, and her dog Ruby. She has really enjoyed her time so far at HSNEI. She loves getting to see all the animals and care for them, and thinks that it’s very rewarding working with them. She looks forward to working at HSNEI during her time at Luther College.

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Abbie Ostrum

Animal Care Assistant

Abbie Ostrum lives in Rosemount, MN but she is currently a nursing student at Luther College. She was drawn to HSNEI through a work-study opportunity offered on campus, and she's been in love with the job ever since! Abbie grew up with dogs always in her house, but she has a love for all animals. In her free time on campus, Abbie likes to hang out with friends and family, participate in the Luther Student Nursing Association, play her clarinet in the band ensembles on campus, and play with her dog Lucy whenever she is at home. She loves her work at HSNEI because she enjoys having part of her day being dedicated to caring for animals, and it is very rewarding to see them go off into loving homes. She loves Decorah, and is super excited to make Luther and HSNEI her home for the next few years!