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Rocky Mountain Puppy Rescue Team

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Executive Director, Co-Founder

Emma Shin

Emma Shin helped to create RMPR due to her experiences as a child. Her family loved all animals, and her grandfather had a soft heart for the “ pound dogs “ he would meet. “When I was young he was always taking in a stray and trying to rehome them." Her family’s love of animals coupled by her less than ideal experience at another puppy rescue inspired Emma. Knowing that others felt the same and that more could be done for the homeless animals she met, RMPR rescue and adoption program was created August 2010. In October 2012 the Spay it Forward, subsidized owned animal spay neuter program was born. Ms. Shin has over twelve years of successful National Sales Experience in advertising, marketing, sales and product services sales. It is this experience coupled with her passionate love of all things living that fuels the work she does. Emma feels blessed to have a helping hand in saving the animals of RMPR and helping them to reach their forever homes. Together, We Can Save More!

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Foster Manager

Al Ramirez

Al has been with RMPR since its beginnings. If you are interested in opening up your home to foster, Al is the one to connect with to get the process going. You will also find him at every event and fundraiser.


Volunteer Coordinator


 In October of 2010 Linda began fostering for RMPR with her family. Over the years she has fostered a couple of hundred puppies, worked with dozens of volunteers and fosters at the adoption events, and made a difference in countless lives. Linda not only organizes all of the volunteers throughout the week, you'll also find her running the front table at the adoption events! Want to learn about volunteering, fostering, our low-cost spay and neuter clinics in New Mexico, or the impact that rescue work truly has? Linda is the woman to ask! 


Director, Photographer, 



There are several favorite things about being involved with RMPR for Tom... first, coming home from a hectic, stressful day running his custom homebuilding company, laying on the floor and being swarmed by a litter of puppies... "Nothing else matters when you are covered in puppies." Second, watching Emma and the other huge-hearted volunteers come together, doing whatever it takes to save these lives. Tom also gets to enjoy one of his passions... photography... shooting the glamour shots of all the dogs that come in, hoping a nice picture might lead to a visit for that particular dog that helps find a forever home. And finally, seeing the happy families, completed by the addition of the dog or puppy that without the hard work of these volunteers, had no chance at a happy life. Tom is proud to be part of an amazing group of people that works day after day, and comes together week after week to do something bigger than themselves... and has fun doing it.


Volunteer and Event Manager

Michelle Randall

Michelle began fostering and volunteering with RMPR in October of 2010. Nearly a decade later she has fallen more in love with rescue work as she continued to foster and volunteer. Today you can find Michelle working to find the perfect forever home for each animal in our rescue as she runs the adoption events each week! Whether it's fostering puppies, volunteering at the low-cost spay and neuter clinics RMPR provides through their "Spay It Forward" initiative, or working the events each week Michelle loves making a difference in the lives of rescue animals and the people that work to save them.