Our Team

We are unequivocally committed to saving animals’ lives — and try our best to have fun doing it. Creating a bright, safe future for pets and those who love them.

The team at Animal Friends Rescue Project is a great group of animal lovers that are dedicated to transforming the lives of animals and people in our community.

Operations Manager
Volunteer Coordinator - "I have been working as the Volunteer Coordinator at AFRP since 2022. My passion for animal welfare and working with local nonprofits led me to this role. As the Volunteer Coordinator, I am responsible for onboarding and retaining volunteers and fosters for AFRP. In addition, I help coordinate events and partnerships. During my free time, I enjoy taking my cats Frijole and Trixie on stroller walks and long harness walks on the beach."
Marketing & Social Media Coordinator - "Hello! I'm Mariah, and I'm thrilled to be the Marketing and Social Media Coordinator at Animal Friends Rescue Project. I'm a Monterey Bay native, and my lifelong love for animals has led me to this rewarding role. It's a true privilege to be part of an organization that's wholeheartedly dedicated to making a positive impact in the world.When I'm not working, you can find me at the beach, crafting with pottery, experimenting in the kitchen with cooking and baking, or exploring the great outdoors through hiking, camping, or rock climbing! "
Animal Program Coordinator - Hello! I'm Brooke, a devoted animal lover on a mission to foster meaningful connections between pets and their owners. My two pups, Captain and Maui, are the heart and soul of my world. Captain's influence has driven me to pursue a degree in psychology, with a focus on understanding and enhancing the bond between humans and their furry friends. Together, we're working towards a happier, more connected pet community!
Treasure Shop Manager - I have always had a passion for animals. From volunteering at an exotic animal rescue to assisting at various vet clinics, my love for animals has been a constant in my life. After a successful stint in the tech industry, where I developed applications for e-commerce businesses, I returned to my roots in the California mountains to raise my daughter. Today, I share my home with a diverse family of rescue animals, including three felines, a fish, and a beloved German Shepherd who warmly welcomes visitors as the official greeter at the AFRP Treasure Shop in Pacific Grove. Outside of work, I enjoy exploring the wonders of the coastline with my daughter, hunting for low tide treasures, foraging fungi, and cooking farm-to-table style meals with ingredients sourced locally. Additionally, I find fulfillment in giving back to the community by volunteering at a local crisis center.
Treasure Shop Sales Associate
Treasure Shop Sales Associate - "I'm a midwest transplant, amateur baker, estate sale enthusiast. Gourmet cheese is my love language and I break into songs like a Roger & Hammerstein musical (except I can't sing and everyone cries in horror)."
Pet Food Express Coordinator
Pet Food Express Coordinator
Petco Coordinator
Veterinarian - Dr. Taurine Burger obtained her Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology and a minor in Nonprofit Leadership Studies and Chemistry from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2017. She graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2021. After graduating, Dr. Burger moved to Charleston, South Carolina to be with her military husband. During her time in South Carolina, she was in the private practice sector and recently helped at a local county shelter and nonprofit shelter completing various surgeries and assisting with medical cases. She is vastly skilled in emergency situations, routine surgeries, specialty surgeries, wildlife medicine, exotic care, and surgery. She has a strong interest in soft tissue surgery, ophthalmology, dermatology, and exotic medicine.Her hobbies include carpentry, reading, board games, walking her dogs, and DIY projects. Dr. Burger has 2 rescue dogs and 1 rescue cat.
Registered Veterinarian Technician
Veterinarian Assistant
Veterinarian Technician

Darla VanSchuyver

Client Services Representative