Who Are We?

The volunteers at Anne Arundel County Animal Care & Control (AACACC) created Friends of AACACC in 2014 because the animals need our help – and yours! In addition to the hundreds of hours of time our small cadre of volunteers donates each month, most of us have dug repeatedly into our own pockets to provide items that aren’t in the shelter’s county budget but that help make shelter life better for the animals and/or encourage adoptions. But because there is so much more to be done than our little group of volunteers can finance, we created Friends of AACACC, an IRS-registered 501(c)(3) charity that solicits donations that we use to improve and to SAVE the lives of the homeless animals at the shelter. 

FEIN: 47-1552999 

Maryland Sales & Use Tax Registration Number: 15692067 

Board of Directors

Robin Nocar
Robin NocarSecretary
One of Robin’s good friends was a volunteer at the shelter and knowing the love Robin had for animals she suggested Robin might like to volunteer as well. She joined the small group of volunteers in 2013. “I get so much joy from the animals. Anything I can do to make their life better at the shelter is very important to me.” Robin volunteers mainly with dogs, but also fosters dogs and underage kittens. Luckily her group of 3 dogs and 2 cats is welcoming to any animal she brings home. Her dog, Scout (adopted from the shelter in 2015), can often be seen at Friend’s events because he loves people as much as Robin loves dogs.
Donna Hilton
Donna HiltonTreasurer
“I like being a volunteer because I truly love dogs,” says Donna, the dog volunteer coordinator, who started at AACACC in September 2012 after seeing how short-handed the shelter was when she adopted Dudley (pictured). Donna was one of the original founders of Friends. She primarily works with dogs including coordinating adoptions for pit bulls that must be adopted through rescue, but she also fosters underaged kittens. She currently has two dogs and two cats that were adopted from the shelter, 4 pygmy goats and seven chickens.
Chris Weinstein 
Chris Weinstein President
When she began volunteering at AACACC in January 2014, Chris thought she’d spend a handful of hours each month walking dogs, but she quickly was immersed in several shelter activities, including working with its rescue coordinator to find homes for animals that otherwise might not be adopted. Chris is a retired newspaper reporter/editor who writes the Friends’ Facebook posts. She has a pit bull, Lacey, and three cats, J.J., Midget and Pershing; all were adopted from the shelter.
Joanna Firmin
Joanna FirminBoard Member
Joanna became a volunteer at AACACC in 2015 after first finding a stray dog on the way home from work, then checking out the AACACC webpage to follow his status and discovering the volunteer program. She spends her Saturdays walking the county’s homeless dogs and introducing them to potential adopters, and wishes more county residents would spay/neuter their pets to help lower the number of dogs and cats waiting in the shelter for a new home.
Anna Boardman
Anna BoardmanBoard Member
Anna was one of the original founders of The Friends organization, but took a year off when she moved out of State. Realizing she could continue to volunteer from afar, both for the shelter and Friends, she has happily rejoined the board. Anna’s primary volunteer focus is working with rescue groups, and other behind the scenes tasks that can be done from miles away. She shares her home with 2 pugs and Snaggletooth a Himalayan cat adopted from AACAC&C in 2014.