Team Biographies

Leni James

Founder/President

208-602-6053

Animals have always been my passion since before I could walk and for as long as I can remember, I've always brought animals home, snuck them food, built fort shelters for them, and somehow got the wild animals to come to me. I would stick up for animals as a child and have been advocating for them on a small scale and personal level ever since. Six years ago, my dad and I knocked on a door to ask a family if I could have their dog who had been chained to a tree her whole life. Little did I know that this knock on a stranger's door would cause a sequence of events leading to the creation of Paws Rescue. The path fell into place in front of me, and I followed.

I am a full time speech language pathologist and my favorite pastime is creating memories and going on adventures with my husband and two toddlers. I also enjoy traveling, any sport, attending a variety of events, checking off my bucket list, self and life improvement activities, spending time with family and friends, and of course... anything that has to do with animals.

Jessa Jahn

Executive Director

208-283-5377

My rescue story with Paws started in June 2013 with one picture. This one picture from Facebook was of a dog lying on a the concrete floor in a shelter in Idaho. I noticed that there wasn't a bed or even a blanket for him to lay on. I found this quite upsetting and asked why the shelter didn't have beds. I was told that there wasn't any funding to buy them, so I could only see one solution and offered to set up an online fundraiser. Within a few days the money had been raised and the shelter dogs were soon resting comfortably on their new Kuranda beds. Almost immediately it became clear that there was a much larger problem at hand, the animals at this shelter also needed to be saved from euthanasia. Fast forward five years and Paws Rescue, Inc along with its many amazing and dedicated volunteers have saved the lives of thousands of homeless cats and dogs!

I was born and raised in Idaho Falls on a farm where my love for animals began. I moved to Boise in 1998 where I attended Boise State and received a degree in Communication. I owned a small supplement business for several years prior to working at Paws. I enjoy being with friends and family, traveling, golfing, spending time in the sun, and working at my church food bank.

Rachel Anderson

Vice President

I can’t remember a time that I wasn’t rescuing animals in need. My love for animals began as a child growing up on a farm and has continued until present. But the phone call I received from my daughter late one evening prompted me to take a more active role as a rescuer.

A homeless man was taken to jail and his companion a beautiful white pit bull needed a place to go. My daughter took him to keep him off the streets and called me for help. He was flea infested, emaciated, his coat was rough and dirty and he had a large tumor on his leg. We got him the medical help he needed and found him an amazing furever home. This one dog, Smoke, changed my life, fueled my passion to help those without a voice and led me to the amazing group of rescuers and volunteers that has become Paws Rescue, Inc.

In addition to Paws, I have worked in Twin Falls as a full-time Registered Dental Hygienist for the past 20 years. I have one daughter, Bailey, who also volunteers for PAWS and a very sweet man in my life that supports my passion and love for animals. In my spare time I like to go to concerts, kayak, relax with my pups, and participate in outdoor activities.

Taylor Oswald

Regional Director

208-284-7335

I was born and raised in Kansas City MissourI. I moved to Twin Falls Idaho in 2011. I was finishing my degree in Biology and working full time when rescue life found me. It started with 75 feral, sick cats and kittens eating out of the dumpster at my work. I discovered that unfortunately there weren't any programs to help these cats in the Magic Valley area and I knew something needed to be done. With the help of PAWS and other local rescues I embarked on a 3 year journey of getting these cats fixed, healthy, and the kittens adopted. I didn't grown my passion and love for animals on my own though, my parents planted that seed for me growing up by helping animals in need, which they still do to this day.

I officially joined the PAWS Rescue in 2017, where many refer to me as the cat lady. My duties for PAWS include facilitating the rescue, foster placement and care of cats and kittens within our rescue. I also coordinate the adoption events and adoption center through PetSmart with our connection to them as a PetSmart Charities Partner. In addition I facilitate the community cat TNR (trap, neuter,release) projects for PAWS.

Outside of rescue, I work full time as an ophthalmic technician. When I am not working or out helping animals I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend Gary, and our family of fur children. We enjoy hiking in beautiful Idaho, night walks with the dogs, binge watching TV shows, doing creative projects and listening to nerdy podcasts!

Anna Farrell

Administrator

fobsainfo@gmail.com

Anna Farrell has been the administrator and benefactor for PAWS Rescue, INC. since it’s inception. She has a an extensive background in business management and volunteer work, with a focus on marketing and fundraising.

She is also part owner and oversees marketing for a local steel construction company. An avid dog lover, Anna and her family rescued Ginger, a beautiful Irish Setter mix, in 2016.

Anna’s dream is to see PAWS Rescue grow into a national animal rescue organization able to save thousands of pets' lives. She resides in Boise with her husband and 3 children.

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