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Our Staff

Lynne Fujka

Office/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.S. in music and environmental sciences, an EMT certification, and am a RVT. 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.”

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.”

Hailey Baki

Intake Coordinator

“I have been working at FAPL since fall of 2022. I started as an adoptions associate and am now the intake coordinator. I’ve always had all kinds of animals growing up. Currently, I have three cats (2 from FAPL), 3 snakes and 6 geckos!”

Morgan Leitch

Foster & Volunteer Coordinator


Joe Rogers

Canine Enrichment Coordinator


Heaven Modrak

Clinic & Intake Associate


Jai McKee

Clinic & Intake Associate

“I have worked at the APL since spring of 2023. I have a cat and a ball python that were both adopted from here. I also foster lots of kittens!”

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.”

Amy Filbert

Donations Assistant

“I started working for FAPL November 2023, however I’ve worked in the Nonprofit field for 15 years. I have 4 cats and 1 dog. In 2023, I graduated with a BS in Customer Service Leadership from Ohio University. I am excited to be working with a companion animal nonprofit and fostering kittens again for FAPL with my family.”

Peyton Ford

Adoptions & Events Associate

“I have worked at FAPL for a year, and before that I started my animal welfare experience at a boarding kennel. The two positions I work are managing events and adoptions staff. I currently have 2 cats and 4 Guinea pigs, one of each are from FAPL. “

Seven Olds

Adoptions Associate

“I’ve worked at the FAPL for a year and in this time I’ve gotten to experience many roles that keep our shelter going. Currently I am working as an adoptions associate. Animals have always been there for me growing up and this job allows me to be there for them. I have one cat and a Russian desert tortoise.”

Samantha Wise

Adoptions Associate

“I started working at FAPL in May of 2023 as an adoptions associate. Currently I am studying Animal Welfare at Stautzenburger College. I will be receiving my Animal Welfare degree in March of 2024! A fun fact about me is that goats are my favorite animal!”

Kayden Lugo

Adoptions Associate

“I have worked at Friendship for a year. I have years of previous animal care experience including animal boarding. I currently have one dog who was adopted from FAPL. When I’m not working I enjoy taking my dog to the dog park and diy-ing crafts.”

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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