About Saving Gracie

Our Mission

At Saving Gracie, our mission is simple and it comes from the heart: We give pets a second chance at life.

Saving Gracie is a non-profit organization (501c3) whose goal is to provide life-saving treatment to pets. We seek to help save pets whose families are facing the heartbreak of economic euthanasia because they can’t afford medical care.

Your donation will help Saving Gracie provide life-saving medical care for pets in need. If you would like to donate to Saving Gracie, please visit our donate page, use the button below or contact us to learn about alternative donation options such as sponsorship or attending one of our events.

Professional Volunteers Needed

 

Videographer/Photographer

Saving Gracie is in search of a new team member who is an experienced videographer and photographer. We would like this amazing person to be available to create some short films about our work and visit grant recipients for after care interviews. We’d ideally like the short film to incorporate client voice overs, music and film. This is a volunteer position. We are willing to pay hard costs (mileage, etc.) and welcome a conversation.

Disc Jockey

Saving Gracie is seeking a professional DJ to play from 5PM-10PM on Saturday April 29, 2023 at their 2nd Annual Bingo de Mayo. We’d love to have a fun, spirited person who loves animals to help us raise great money for our case. 

 

If you are interested in either of these positions please email us at info@saving-gracie.org

Reply

How We Help

Saving Gracie raises funds through in-kind and generous donations and by hosting events. The money we raise is used in an effort to support pet owners who are unable to afford life-saving medical care for their pets.

“Shortly after I submitted Saving Gracie’s Apply for Help online form, they called my vet and I was approved!!! Chippy’s emergency surgery was scheduled, completed and he is fully recovered. Without saving Gracie, I could not have afforded to save his life.”

If you would like to discuss your pet’s eligibility for assistance through Saving Gracie, please fill out our Apply for Help form and your veterinarian’s office will contact you.

If you have questions or would like to hear about other ways to donate please contact us.

Meet Our Board Members
Lisa Hilas

Lisa Hilas

Position Executive Director and Founder

Lisa Hilas, Executive Director and Founder of Saving Gracie, seeks to help save pets whose families are facing the heartbreak of euthanasia because they can’t afford medical care.

Inspired by her love for her miniature Australian Shepherd, Gracie, Lisa started this angel fund to help Solano County pets get get the care they need to become healthy again so they can enjoy long, happy lives with their families.

Lisa’s other community activities include Past President of Soroptimist International of Vacaville, Current President of On Stage Vacaville and Current Board Member of VFW Auxiliary Post 7244.

Gracie Hilas

Gracie Hilas

Director of Squirrel Chasing

Hi! I am a tri-colored miniature Australian Shepherd and I am the inspiration for the Saving Gracie Angel Fund. I was born in February of 2013 and came in to Lisa’s life as a birthday gift from her husband in April.

I am loving, caring and want all fur babies to be healthy and happy in their homes where they belong. I am very grateful to all the support the foundation and I have received. When I’m not helping pets in the foundation, I like to chase squirrels, go on walks and treats are always appreciated!

Nancy Bennett

Nancy Bennett

Vice President of Administration

Nancy, the acting Secretary of Saving Gracie, is a native of San Francisco who moved to Vacaville on 2014. She has a son, a daughter and 5 grandsons who all have and love their furry friends. As a founding member of Saving Gracie, she realizes what it’s like when a financial situation doesn’t allow you to provide for your pet.

Saving Gracie is the answer to the prayers of many families and she is proud to be a part of our mission. Nancy other community activities include Current Board Member of Soroptimist International of Vacaville and Current Treasurer of On Stage Vacaville.

LuAnn Hefner

LuAnn Hefner

Treasurer

LuAnn, originally from North Carolina, moved to California and is now retired from a business she owned in Vacaville for many years and serves as Saving Gracie’s Treasurer.

LuAnn enjoys her grandkids, her puppy dog and painting. LuAnn is also active in Soroptimist International of Vacaville.

Michelle Strand

Michelle Strand

Director

Michelle is a long-term resident of Vacaville, born at Travis Air Force Base and a graduate of Vacaville High School. While raising two children she established a local construction equipment company with her husband, Rick. Michelle, the CEO of I80 Forklift, is connected to several local non-profits and has as big of a heart for people as she does animals.

Michelle has a huge passion for serving in the community through her volunteer work and company sponsorships. She serves as the President of the Opportunity House Homeless Shelter in Vacaville, Fundraising Chair of the Boys and Girls Chocolate Gala, and is the Past President of Soroptimist International of Vacaville Twilight Club.

Beth Rowe

Beth Rowe

Director

A Vacaville resident since 2013, Beth, a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones in Vacaville, is blessed with 4 children who’s ages range from 20 years old to 5-year-old twins. Beth’s family, including her husband, retired USAF after 21 years of service, feel fortunate to be active members in our tight-knit community.

Beth, a recipient of John Garamendi’s 2019 Solano County Woman of the Year, also gives back to our local community through her service in several nonprofits. She served as the Past President of Soroptimist International of Vacaville and is a Current Board Member of VFW Auxiliary Post 7244. When her family is not serving the community, you will find them playing on the farm and visiting local parks.

Dawn Shepherd

Dawn Shepherd

Director

Dawn Shepherd, a resident of Vacaville since 1987, has been with Saving Gracie since its first fundraiser. Dawn is the Current Property/Evidence Manager for the Fairfield Police Department, a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, a former VP of Soroptimist International of Vacaville, a former Board Member of the Fairfield Police Activities League (PAL), and is the current President of the Solano First Credit Union Board of Directors.

Dawn is proud to be a part of a non-profit that cares so much for animals and the pet families that care for them.

Tina Chechourka

Tina Chechourka

Director

Tina and her husband, Joe, have one daughter, Shelby…but her family doesn’t stop there! They have three dogs (Zoey, Nicholas and Ginger), three horses and a 21 year old cat. After spending 34-1/2 years in public service with the City of Napa and the Vallejo Police Department, Tina retired for a few days before she took a position as a Volunteer Coordinator for Solano County and currently serves as the Volunteer Coordinator with the Napa Police Department.

Tina, a member of Soroptimist International of Vacaville, is a faithful Saints fan, enjoys riding and competing with her horses along with Shelby, as well as golfing, photography, baking, and time at the ocean with her beloved, Joe.

Suzanne Clark

Suzanne Clark

Director

Suzanne, retired Co-founder and Publisher of S & J Advertising, is a life-long pet owner of all kinds of fur babies that range from cats and dogs to horses, cows and even donkeys! Married for 42 years, family is very important to her and she enjoys the company of her three children and four grandchildren.

Suzanne has a lifetime record of public service committing 9 years to 4H, 19 years to Soroptimist International of Vacaville one of which she served as President, a Vacaville Housing and Redevelopment Commissioner, and a Court Appointed Special Advocate(CASA). A resident of Vacaville since 1971, she brings with her a wealth of knowledge of our community.

Dolores “Dee” Conroy

Dolores “Dee” Conroy

Director

Dolores, a resident of Vacaville since 1969, has worked as an accountant and a tax preparer for over 20 years at her business Dee’s Tax and Bookkeeping. She has held the position of President with Vacaville’s VFW Auxiliary 7244 since 2006.

Wendy Colvin

Wendy Colvin

Director

Wendy Colvin, is a life-long Vacavillian and active member of the community and is thrilled to be a member of the Saving Gracie team. Wendy is a wife, a mother of two and grandmother of one. She is retired and loves to spend time with her “grand-pups”, Belle and Chip, who are pictured with her here, and loves to spoil them with treats and toys!

Janet Dosker

Janet Dosker

Director

Janet Dosker, a Vacaville resident for over 25 years, is thrilled to be on the Saving Gracie Board. A lover of animals, a connector of people, and an outdoor enthusiast, Janet is excited to help continue the mission of Saving Gracie through fundraising and building supporters. Janet, an avid dog lover, believes everyone needs an animal in their life. The unconditional love from a pet is immeasurable and helping others fund those unexpected vet bills is extra important to her. She understands the stress and cost of vet services as her oldest daughter is a Veterinarian in Glasgow, Scotland.

Janet and her husband Dave, parents to two adult girls, have a newly rescued 1.5 year old German Wirehaired Pointer/Lab Mix boy named Rowan. He’s the best therapy after recently saying goodbye to their 15.5 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback/ Border Collie girl Blaze. Janet has worked in the Vacaville Unified School District for over 15 years, has been on a variety of boards including the Cal Poly Napa Alumni and Jepson music boards, Coached club soccer for 10 years and is a member of the Twilight Soroptimist Group.

Brandon McCloskey

Brandon McCloskey

Website Developer

Brandon McCloskey, owner and operator of Web Design by Brandon McCloskey came on board with Saving Gracie, November 2021. A Vacaville resident since 2015, and Solano County resident since birth. Brandon has been in business over 9 years and truly has a heart for the non-profit agencies. One of his first websites he built was for a dog rescue. He has since built over 200 websites and is excited to work with Saving Gracie to continue. to develop its web presence.