Kimmy Chandler, Founder of FLUFF Animal Rescue began saving lives at an early age. “Finding homes for unwanted and abandoned animals has always been a passion,” says Chandler. Since the age of 15, Kimmy has been a teacher to students of all ages-both inside and out of the classroom and has been caring for stray and resident animals as a display of her belief that “It is our job to care for God’s creatures”. In 2016, Chandler was able to realize her full potential as a teacher and animal rescuer, and during an afternoon luncheon with her immediate family, a new community non-profit rescue was born. Then 6-yr-old daughter, Alex coined the name “FLUFF”, and both Alex and the rescue have grown substantially over the past 5 years. “We have seen many faces come and go since our inception, but I am confident with a solid team of animal lovers by my side, the animals will always win”.
Programs Director/ Foster Coordinator/ Board of Director Events and Programs
Andria Gibbon has been involved with animal rescue for over 20 years from fostering to transport to dog training and coordinating/volunteering at adoption and fundraising events. Her favorite dogs to work with are the ones that need a little extra special attention. Her full-time work is in the trade show industry and a job opportunity brought her and her husband to the St Pete area from NJ back in September 2019. After getting settled, she began the search for an animal rescue to get involved in, and found Kimmy and FLUFF! She joined the team first as a foster parent, but has continued to invest her time and talents to take on the role of Volunteer and Event Coordinator, dedicating her spare time in a variety of areas in the rescue whenever possible.
Joyce Conner, mom and best friend to Founder, Kimmy Chandler is a rock to the FLUFF organization. Since the onset of the organization, Joyce has been a silent leader, supporter and a friend to FLUFF and all who interact with FLUFF. Her integrity, strength and wisdom are a constant source of support for FLUFF, and her quiet leadership on the Board of Directors remains a constant anchor for the organization. Her love for the animals is great, but her love for the people is greater. We are blessed to have her as an integral part of FLUFF!
Animal Care Lead/Photographer
Brooklyn brings a natural touch to the FLUFF team. She has a beautiful heart for seeing the best in everyone and everything! She is able to capture an animal's heart with one click of a camera, and reaches deep into their souls to connect with them on a personal level. Every animal knows that Brooklyn sees the best in them, and they respond to her with love! Brooklyn came to FLUFF as a volunteer at the age of 15 and 4 years later, is a very special part of our FLUFF team!
Animal Care Leader
Like clockwork, the animals anxiously await Jeannie's early morning arrival. Jeannie, a talented artist and business owner, came to FLUFF as a volunteer to assist with the care of the animals and to help fundraise for them. Jeannie became a staple for FLUFF when she took over the full-time demanding position of AM animal care Leader. Jeannie's hard work and love for the animals shows in everything she does, and her care and concern for their welfare is her greatest asset to FLUFF. She joins the team of "foster fails" this past year by fostering-then adopting one of our sweet mama dogs, who needed round the clock care while nursing her pups! Jeannie is here for the animals, and they know it!
Intake Coordinator/ Medical Director/ Transport Coordinator/Board of Directors Secretary
Kelly is originally from Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. Her life-long dream was to live near the beaches, she now resides in Seminole, Florida with her husband and 3 dogs, and is fulfilling her dream of living in paradise. Kelly has 25+ years of experience in Administration, previously working for 2 of the largest Real Estate companies in Minnesota. Kelly came to FLUFF as a volunteer-pursuing her passion for animals. Kelly began helping behind the scenes, and has become an integral part of the FLUFF team. As adoption coordinator, Kelly receives, vets and approves hundreds of adoption applications, placing our rescues into the most loving homes! In her spare time, Kelly is also a foster mom and administrative assistant to both the rescue and retail operations, making her an integral part of our FLUFF team!
Animal Care Specialist/
Dana joined the FLUFF team recently as a volunteer and a foster mom. After adopting her first foster ("foster fail"), Dana became more involved with the care and handling of the rescue animals. After a very short stint as a volunteer, FLUFF is blessed to call Dana a "staff" member, as she pours her heart, time and talents into the animals daily. Dana will be moving to our customer relations position and you will be seeing more of her smiling face at our Rescue Reception desk. Dana has all of the answers, or knows where to find them! Dana's organizational and leadership skills make her an important part of the FLUFF team.
Board of Directors/Consultant
Throughout my lifetime I knew animals were my calling. After spending childhood on my grandparents' ranch in Oregon and volunteering most of my upbringing at a local animal hospital, my answer to the age-old question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" was veterinarian. I quickly realized that I had a deep connection with animals. Dogs that no one else could handle trusted me to carry them through necessary procedures.
Post high school, my passion for animals was placed on hold as I set out on a brand-new adventure with the US Coast Guard with plans of utilizing my other passion of photography. As fate would have it, not long after bootcamp and at my first unit, I received an injury that changed my life and still plays a huge role almost a decade later. During some of the lowest times in my life, I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with Station Mascot, Gibbet-now known as Petty Officer First Class Retired Gibbet! She proved to be a turning point in my life. Being at a Search and Rescue Unit we witness some of the most tragic days in people's life, as we tirelessly worked to save missing loved ones. Gibbet was a single ray of sunshine on those dark days. She knew exactly how to steal a smile from someone fighting through their tears. Gibbet was the one that brought back my passion for animals. As I turned my attention to service animal work, I started volunteering with an organization that trained service dogs! The work and training I received lit a fire within that could not be satiated! Shortly after, while attending college, I began my life-changing career as a Professional Dog Trainer. Diving into everything dog-books, podcasts, audiobooks, forums, anything I could get my hands on- and years later, being able to work under many amazing trainers, ReviveK9 was born! Currently, I am the CEO and founder of Revive K9, a professional training facility in Pensacola.
In House Medical Coordinator/Foster Facilitator/Animal Care Lead
Taylor came in as a high school student, donating her time and talents volunteering with FLUFF Animal Rescue. It became very clear that Taylor had a future working with animals and a heart for their care and well-being! Taylor has learned very quickly that animal care is a difficult, but rewarding field, and is on track to become a vet. FLUFF depends on Taylor for her detailed-oriented medical care, and her attention to the health of the in-house animals is unrivaled. FLUFF is blessed to have Taylor on staff.
Cat Intake/Foster Coordinator
Sharon came to FLUFF as a foster mom, and always keeps her home open for a dog in need. In addition to offering her home, Sharon donates her talents and experience in HR and administrative duties to assist FLUFF in the office. Sharon has recently taken on the big role of Cat intake and foster coordinator, and she and her daughter, Heather assist as many cats and kittens as possible!
Retail Store Manager
I have been an animal lover since I was a child. I have always been an advocate of adoption and shelter pets. When I heard about Fluff Animal Rescue I knew I had to get involved.
The day I pulled into the parking lot of Fluff I felt a stirring in my heart and knew I was on the right path. After meeting Kimmy and witnessing her love and devotion to the animals , I knew I needed to be more involved.
I have been a hairdresser for 30 yrs. I decided it was time for a change, how can I use my skills to help the animals? Grooming!!!! So I quit my hairdressing job and went to grooming school. Now I can help our rescues by grooming them and work on all of my lovely doggie clients as well.
In addition to being able to help out on the rescue side of things, my organizational and people skills led me to a management position with FLUFF. You will see me on the retail sales floor doing whatever it takes to raise much needed funds for the animals!
My motto has always been ,”Be the change you want to see in the world” and I feel kindness to animals is definitely a change I want to see. I am so blessed to be a full-time part of the FLUFF team!
Hello, my name is Marilyn Job. I am a native to Pinellas County. I have known Kimmy, the president of the board for 23 years, and have always admired her passion for rescuing animals. I am finally blessed to have the opportunity share her passion. I have finished two careers, 27 Years as a carrier in the United States Post Office and 21 years in the Army National Guard with 2 deployments. I am excited to have this opportunity to make a difference and save lives. I offer financial investments as well as my experience in organization, administration and financial management to the rescue and re-tail store operations. My goal is to facilitate an efficient and purposeful use of resources and offer bookkeeping and accounting support as well as office management whenever possible. I am thankful to be an important part of the FLUFF team.
Board of Directors/Consultant
Laurie Elmer, is a Florida native who traded the corporate hustle for a life filled with furry friends and creative adventures! Laurie's journey led her to become the proud owner of Urban Dog Studio, Tampa Bay's go-to spot for creating amazing pet and human portraits.
As an unabashed animal lover and a devoted dog mom, Laurie's passion for pets knows no bounds. She's married to a veterinarian, making their household a haven for all things fluffy and four-legged.
She's the co-host of "Let's Bark About It Tampa Bay," a weekly podcast that interviews industry experts and business owners to deliver information on topics ranging from how to keep your dog safe and healthy to where to go for the best pup cups in Tampa Bay, all with the goal of helping dogs live their best lives.
Laurie is also the co-owner of Studios@5663, a hub of creativity and a haven for pet friendly events that sparkle with innovation
Emi Buskirk (Ellie, her FLUFF rescue shown here)
Animal Care and Kennel Staff
Emily has been volunteering with FLUFF for the past 3 years, and her heart for the animals shows in everything she does. Emi gives generously of her time to ensure that all of the animals are cared for and supports the Animal Care Team by stepping in and stepping up whenever and wherever she can! Emi is a true animal lover and is a true asset to the FLUFF team!
Social Media Specialist, Adoption Counselor, Animal Care Lead
Jacqui is our most recent hire and what a wonderful addition she makes to the entire FLUFF team! Jacqui writes a successful recipe blog and shares her writing and editing talents with FLUFF by managing our social media platforms, starting a TicTok account to help the fur-babies get adopted. In another role, Jacqui is an adoption counselor, making matches and growing families! She also generously assists in the animal care role whenever needed. We are grateful for Jacqui and her mom Jeannie, another animal-loving mother/daughter duo, making a difference and saving lives!