Our Staff

Lynne Fujka

Project Manager

“I started working for Friendship in March 2010 because my love for animals drew me to want to help them. Over the last 12 years, I have had the opportunity to experience many aspects of the shelter. I graduated with a B.S. in Zoology and during my free time, I love watching the Buckeyes!

Shelby Dowdell

PR and Communications Manager

“I have been working at Friendship APL for 3 years. I have worked on the adoptions team as the supervisor prior to accepting my current role. I have my B.A. in Marketing, my Associates of Animal Welfare Management and an A.S. degree. I have one dog and three cats and enjoy playing soccer in my free time.”

Vickie McDonald

Animal Care Manager

Humane Officer

“I have been with FAPL since 2018, working in treatment, surgery, and humane. Apart from Friendship, my experience includes animal education, exotic animal husbandry, and wildlife rehabilitation. I have my B.A. in music and environmental sciences, an EMT certification, and am working toward my RVT credential. I have dogs, pigs, rabbits, and one African sulcata tortoise.”

Sue Hixson

Humane Officer

“I have been a Humane Agent for 7 years now, but have worked for FAPL for 9. I started in our Treatment Department and then supervised the TNR department for 2 years. I have an Associates in Vet Technology and an Associates in Computer Programming. I currently have two dogs from FAPL.”

Katie Love

Foster Coordinator

“I have been at FAPL for almost 7 years, managing all areas of the shelter including adoptions, intake, animal care and fostering. Prior to FAPL I had 15+ years of experience in pet retail management. Currently I have 1 dog, 3 cats and a bearded dragon, all from the APL. In my spare time I enjoy being with my children or listening to live bands with friends.”

Kathy Spinale

TNR Coordinator

“I began as a volunteer with Friendship APL’s TNR program for a year and a half before being hired in February 2019. I currently have two cats, Tiny and Artie, that I adopted from FAPL after fostering them. A fun fact about myself is that I used to do search and rescue with my dog Pawnee, to locate and rescue missing people.” 

Hailey Baki

Intake Coordinator


Allysa Bring

Veterinary Technician

“Hi, I have worked at Friendship APL for the last 11 years. I am a Registered Veterinary Technician and have an Associates Degree of Applied Science. All of my cats and dogs have been adopted from FAPL, and a fun fact about me is that I have 7 horses and a cow!”

Becca Lauffer

Veterinary Assistant

“I’ve worked at the Friendship APL for 8 years helping in both the TNR department, animal care and most recently during spay/neuter surgeries. I have two animals a cat (Meera) and a dog (Addie) who were both adopted from FAPL.”

Heaven Modrak

Clinic & Intake Associate


Jai McKee

Clinic & Intake Associate


Helena Prosowski

Animal Care Associate

“I have worked at FAPL for 15 years and my experience is mainly in cat care/foster care. I have 5 cats that are all FAPL rescues. In my free time I enjoy nature parks or frequent trips to Cedar Point.”

Joy Hines

Adoptions Supervisor


Kayden Lugo

Adoptions Associate


Madelyn O'Conner

Adoptions Associate


Peyton Ford

Adoptions & Events Associate


Seven Olds

Adoptions Associate


Samantha Wise

Adoptions Associate


Friendship APL

Friendship APLWe are a private, independent, non-profit humane society founded in Elyria, Ohio. We proudly own and operate the largest animal shelter in Lorain County.

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