About the FAYMAS Family
FAYMAS - Friends At Your Metro Animal Shelter is a registered 501(C)(3) non-profit organization that helps pets at the Metro Animal Shelter, 1200 39th Ave SE, Puyallup, WA 98374. This public shelter has limited resources and has grown from serving two cities in Pierce County to seven, including a city in King County. The mission of FAYMAS is to raise funds through grant writing and public events. Our focus is to increase pet adoptions, improve the quality of shelter animals' lives and to promote spay and neuter. You can make a difference. Join us!
Bonnie King and Vice President Chris Lynch began work to establish FAYMAS in 2013. Bonnie has been a volunteer photographer at the Metro Animal Shelter for the past five years.
Prior to starting a photography business, she worked in the public and private sectors, retiring in 2008 as Administrator of the Health Professions Quality Assurance Division of the Washington State Department of Health.
Bonnie has a BA in Education and a MA in Organizational Development.
She says, “This is my time in life to give back. What better way to do that than help pets find their forever homes?”
Chris Lynch has volunteered at the shelter for ten years. She works an average of two days a week and also fosters kittens until they’re old enough to be adopted.
Chris retired from State Farm Insurance Companies where she worked in claims and corporate law for 29 years. She has a BA and a JD and is a member of the California Bar Association.
She said, “I’ve been impressed with the dedication and love of animals shown by the staff at the shelter, but also disappointed by what cannot be done because of limited funds. FAYMAS is filling needs at the shelter so they can do an even better job for all the animals until they find their Forever Families.”
Jennifer Waalkes works for T-Mobile’s accounting department as a Revenue Accounting Manager. She also has experience as an auditor for Moss Adams and BDO USA, LLP. She has done auditing and consulting for the SEC, governmental, not-for-profit, manufacturing and construction entities.
She says, “FAYMAS funds projects to better the shelter and provide resources that may not be attained otherwise. I joined the FAYMAS Board because pets need a home where they are wanted and loved. On a daily basis, the shelter makes this happen! While I have used my skill set to support myself over the years, I am excited to put these skills to use for an organization I feel so passionately about."
Daniel Yaron graduated from the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance. He is currently working toward his Master’s Degree while he lives and works in Seattle.
When not studying, Daniel enjoys all the Pacific Northwest has to offer. As a transplant from Kentucky, he takes full advantage of the beautiful outdoors in the Evergreen State.
Daniel’s dog, Sam, is a fawn-sized German Shepherd, English Mastiff mix who has convinced himself he is a lap dog. (Sam is still in Kentucky. A friend’s dog, Duke, is a smaller stunt double).
Judy Bucholtz is an insurance agent with Colonial Life, has worked in the insurance industry for many years and has always been an animal lover. She sells pet insurance, too!
Currently she has two miniature schnauzers, who are true lap dogs, and two cats who also wind up on a lap when there’s room. Unfortunately, Coco, picture here, passed away in 2017. Judy says, “I joined the FAYMAS Board because pets need a home where they can be wanted, loved and spoiled.
The shelter provides so much for animals in need, that I feel honored to be part of FAYMAS.”
Elizabeth (Liz) Roberts is a Green River College Alumni, who received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship in 2017. She works at the Puyallup Valley Veterinary Clinic, while focusing efforts on family and FAYMAS. Liz’s parents, James and Trish are also members of FAYMAS. Liz has always had pets. Recently, two poodles, Maureen and Faye, were joined by Flynn, a terrier mix adopted from Smidget Rescue. He was found while Liz worked at a FAYMAS event and it was love at first sight.
She says: “Being given the chance to work for an organization that helps so many animals and families is an amazing opportunity. I’m excited to help the shelter in its efforts, and to get the local community involved in looking after our furry friends.”
"Friends At Your Metro Animal Shelter" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. PO Box 163, Puyallup, WA 98371.