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About Bob


In year 2001, I went from having a 6-digit career to being a dinosaur in my field. I had been volunteering for various charitable organizations to try to get some spark in my life. I volunteered for aids hospices, a children's hospital and others. But, in 1999, I started volunteering for the Arizona Humane Society, helping dogs gel with the new owners and providing care and TLC to all the dogs, particularly the frightened ones. I found I was very good at comforting dogs and absolutely loved doing it. If one of the dogs came in too scared to be showable, the head volunteer would ask me to sit with the dog and perform my magic. Usually, in less than an hour, I had a tail wagging and a smile on his or her face. I literally saved dozens of dogs from being euthanized and was tagged as the Miracle Worker of AHS. I also received an outstanding volunteer award.


So, I decided to put this talent to work. I wanted to create an open dog boarding facility which also had a non-profit dog rescue side to it. I finally came up with the concept of Furrst And Furrmost Pooch Palace And Sanctuary, an open boarding kennel where dogs could have a great time doing everything they wanted to do.


In 2001, I was shown lands in both Phoenix and Palm Springs on a Saturday. It was perfect, so by the next Wednesday, I had a contract signed. On March 1, 2002 Furrst And Furrmost Pooch Palace And Sanctuary opened its doors and I have been boarding dogs ever since. I realized that right after Katrina hit New Orleans, there was a need to rescue a significant number of dogs. I created Furrst And Furrmost Pooch Palace And Sanctuary for abandoned, abused, homeless, critically ill and handicapped dogs to help them take advantage of the open boarding environment. You can go to to find out more about it.



About Stacey


While working for a local "no-kill" shelter, part of my job was going to our local shelters and pulling "adoptable dogs" to bring to our rescue. It broke my heart to see all the dogs left behind, especially the seniors, the shy ones and the special needs ones. I knew no one would rescue them. I would always tell myself "one day I will have a rescue of my own" with these dogs no other rescue would take. For years I had no support, but I never gave up on that dream and even rescued a few paralysed dogs on my own because they were going to be put to sleep. One day while working, Bob Hersh came in. He already had a sanctuary and would from time to time take some of our shy dogs and rehab them and bring them back. I told him about my dream and would always talk about my dogs I had.


One day he told me he wanted to help me because he thought what I was doing was wonderful. He purchased a home on

2 1\2 acres to serve as my part of the sanctuary and helped me get my kennel license. We joined forces and I am very proud of being a part of Furrst and Furrmost Pooch Sanctuary.

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