Valarie has been passionate about animal rights since she was a young girl and finally turned that into a career, working in rescue for over 13 years. In 2016, she became the Executive Director of Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, where she concentrated her energy on fighting the Dog Meat Trade throughout Asia.
Her ability to build and sustain relationships was integral to the growth and success of the foundation: strategizing with Congressman Hastings’ Chief of Staff, Lale Morrison, to introduce H.R. 1406 - Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition Act, a bi-partisan Federal bill with over 240 co-sponsors, co-producing a star-studded PSA that is still being seen all over the world, successfully adopting out over 400 dogs to amazing families, and most importantly making strong connections to both Dr. Chang and Dr. Soto, who were instrumental in the health and survival of so many of the dogs and cats she was responsible for.
Valarie formed WUFAW with the belief that working together and not against each other is the only way to truly affect change for the animals suffering around the world.