our team

Team Members

A small team of passionate individuals dedicated to improving the lives of street dogs and cats.

Mike
Director
Paang
Director
Dr. Peach
Senior Vet
Henna
Practice Manager
Ghet
Vet Assistant
Joke
Volunteer Supervisor
Becca
Program Supervisor

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Michael Volpe, PhD

Mike is the Managing Director and co-founder of Rescue P.A.W.S. Coming from a marketing and program management background, Mike is focused on achieving a sustainable future for Rescue P.A.W.S., and ensuring that the organization manages to its mission every day. He has owned dogs his entire life and cares deeply about animal welfare. Mike’s dream is to create a sustainable model for Rescue P.A.W.S. that achieves measurable success and can be replicated in other regions of Thailand and neighboring countries.

Paang

Paang is the Director of both Rescue P.A.W.S. and our partner, XploreAsia. She is a Thai national who believes in helping the stray animals of Thailand, and has even adopted several dogs from Rescue P.A.W.S. herself! She is passionate about improving the lives of street dogs through sterilization and education of the local community. Paang’s dream is that, through local and international communication, we can act together to secure better lives for all of Thailand’s stray animals.

Dr. Aey

Dr. Aey, our resident veterinarian, has been a practicing vet in Thailand for over a decade and her addition to the organization has allowed us to significantly expand our impact within Hua Hin. Her passion for the welfare of street animals was awakened during her studies at veterinary school and, after graduating, she dedicated herself to helping dogs in rescue centers and veterinary clinics around Thailand. She joined Rescue P.A.W.S. after realising the scale of the stray dog problem in Thailand, with the hope of becoming part of an organization that sought to find a permanent solution. Dr Aey’s drive to improve the lives of stray animals in Thailand, and her willingness to teach those around her, is a constant inspiration to the team and volunteers.

Henna

Henna joined the Rescue PAWS team at the end of 2019. She has been a veterinary nurse for nearly 10 years and for the past 3 years managed a teaching veterinary clinic in Auckland, New Zealand. She is originally from Finland but has lived around the world since the age of 18. Animals have always played an important part in her life and she believes in treating every animal with dignity, compassion and kindness.

She strongly believes in the Rescue paws mission of delivering animal welfare through sterilization and education. Not only does this improve the lives of so many stray animals, but it also means Rescue Paws is building healthier safer communities in Thailand, proving the far-reaching positive effects of the work Rescue Paws do.

Ghet

Ghet, our resident veterinary assistant, worked alongside Dr. Aey for two years in a veterinary clinic before joining her at Rescue P.A.W.S. Ghet assists our vets in ensuring the health and safety of both our clinic dogs and local stray dogs that come into our care. She is experienced in dog handling, grooming, and general animal care, and helps us befriend the local packs to successfully complete our feeding runs, parasite treatments, and necessary sterilizations. Ghet communicates with the local community, educating them about or organization and mission and teaching locals about dog handling and appropriate care.

Joke

After five years of hard work at 2 of Thailand’s largest elephant sanctuaries, WFFT and Elephant Nature Park, Joke joined Rescue P.A.W.S. in August of 2018 as a Volunteer Supervisor. He spends his days working closely with volunteers and supervising all of the daily animal welfare tasks. His easy-going energy, great leadership skills, and his affinity with animals make him an indispensable part of our team.

Becca

Having worked for some of Thailand’s largest non-profit organizations including WFFT and Elephant Nature Park, Becca joined the team in March 2020 as the Program Supervisor. She has lived in Thailand for 7 years and even has 5 of her own rescue dogs that she’s adopted from all over Thailand. Her extensive experience in group management and her passion for animal welfare makes her a perfect fit for supervising and developing the Rescue Paws program.