Sarah was born in Western New York, but also lived in Florida before moving to Marin County. Of all the places she's lived, Sarah likes Marin County, California the best. She has always had animals in her life, be it cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, or horses. She is planning on adopting some more in the future. In her free time, Sarah is working towards achieving a BA in English Literature and is an avid lover of all things Fantasy and Sci-Fi.
Patti was born and raised in Marin County where she grew up taking care of all kinds of animals ranging from rabbits, cats, to a dachshund named Ginger-Blossom and a poodle named Gidget. She attended Sonoma State University where she received a degree in Criminal Justice Administration and sociology. Upon graduation, she went into the hospitality industry. Growing up as a middle child, she’s always loved helping others, especially her community. She is involved with community service efforts such as making lunches for the homeless. Developing genuine relationships with both clients and coworkers is always a priority. Over her career she’s built long lasting relationships with her coworkers and is happy to turn her skills in hospitality to her canine friends.
Ally Stoops has been the Camp Trainer at Camp K-9 of Marin for 14 years. She is also the owner of No Bones About It! Ally has a unique understanding of the demands that busy families and professionals face and has created Puppy Training Programs that provide relief to her clients while ensuring puppies get the most effective training all while having the most fun!
Ally’s Group Training Classes have been developed with the same concepts in mind; family friendly, fun for pups and producing real life results. Her enthusiasm and dedication to her clients (both dog and human) for the past 25 years have made her one of the most sought-after trainers in Marin for puppies and adolescent dogs. Ally lives and trains in her Mill Valley home where she has raised three children (two in college and one at Tam High) is constantly supported by her VERY patient husband and is amused daily by the antics of her own dogs and two cats.
Mela was born and raised in Marin County with all of her family and always with a loving pet (or 2) by her side. She is a full time hairstylist who just couldn’t shake the need to be surrounded by more furry friends after having to say goodbye to her family’s 17 year old black lab last October. She is the proud parent of a 7 year old cat, Oli. And although it is not possible at the moment she is looking forward to a future surrounded by fur babies and many other precious little creatures!
Lead Counselor & Pre-Camping Interview Coordinator
Certified Pet CPR and First Aid
Megan was born in the Bay Area and grew up in the mountains of Oregon. She has spent about half of her life in each state, making her a true Calif-Oregonian. Growing up, Megan always had animals around, but she had a special spot in her heart for all dogs. She now has two big ol' coonhounds named Penny and Gus who are littermates. Megan has done a little bit of everything- being a nanny, wildland firefighting, working as an EMT, managing a cafe, and instructing kayak and backpacking courses. Now residing in Marin, when not at camp, you can find her hiking the local trails with her pups, paddling on the bay, or working in her garden.
Veterinary Assistant Certified, Pet First Aid and CPR, Obedience Training Certificate
I was born and raised in the East Bay. I graduated from Cal State Hayward (East Bay) with a Mass Communication degree. Trying to find myself across the country, I finally found my happiness in working with dogs of all kinds, shapes, and sizes! I am now residing in San Rafael. In addition to working here at Camp K-9 of Marin, I volunteer at Guide Dogs for the Blind and The Marin Humane Society. I’m surrounded by dogs all day every day; you can never have too much dog!
Jonah lived in Rocklin, California with his mother and little brother for the first 12 years of his life. It was there that his family got their first dog, a miniature long-haired dachshund, and Jonah couldn't get enough of his new friend and family member. Shortly after, his family moved around to a few places in the bay until they settled in Marin, where Jonah and his pup have called it home ever since.
Katie Borel has spent most of her life in and around Seattle, Washington and has always had dogs in her life. Her first 14 years of life were spent growing up with Alex, an angelic yellow lab (as she remembers her) and without a dog in the family, is eager to satisfy her love for dogs by doting on the ones she has the pleasure of meeting. From a young age, she started volunteering at humane societies and has since worked with dogs in a daycare environment as well as dog walking and pet sitting. In her spare time, she loves to read, explore the local towns, and walk scenic trails.
Bijan is a born and raised Marinite! He attended COM and studied Government & Business and comes from a big family with 2 boys & 3 girls. Bijan has had big dogs (Rottweilers & Labs) all his life and currently owns a Great Pyrenees named Gus. He loves to play football, baseball, basketball, soccer and mixed martial arts. Prior to coming to Camp, Bijan was a waiter for several years, and now enjoys working with the dogs.
Born and raised in Sonoma county where I first started working with dogs professionally at the Sonoma County Humane Society. After a short break from working with dogs, I had my beautiful daughter (now 10 yrs old) and moved to Vallejo, where I became the Lead Kennel Staff at The Humane Society of the North Bay. Two and a half years later I became the Lead Dog Handler at The Tail Haven Hotel and Day Lounge at both of their locations (Lafayette and San Rafael) for 4 years before I found my way to Camp K-9 of Marin.
Yolanda De Los Reyes
Yolanda moved from Texas at the age of 3 and as far as she can remember, she has always had a dog in her life! She currently has 5 dogs of her own: Zoey, (a terrier princess), Ravi, (a clown of a Doxie mix), Dot (a hopping Basset/Doxi mix), and last but not least, Lola (a Pitbull that looks more like a little pink pig)! It is obvious that Yolanda has a passion for dogs and she treats every camper like one of her own!