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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 in the Solano County community. We seek to help save pets whose families are facing the heartbreak of 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.

How We Help

Due to the kindness and generosity of our Solano County community, Saving Gracie raises funds through 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.

“Lisa, the Founder of Saving Gracie, provided the info I needed to apply for assistance. I was approved!!! Chippy’s surgery was scheduled at Vacaville’s own Pawsh Place.”

If you would like to discuss your pet’s eligibility for assistance through Saving Gracie, please contact Pawsh Place Veterinary Center for more information.

If you have questions or would like to hear about other ways to donate please call Lisa at 707.469.3496 or contact us.

Meet Our Board Members

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Lisa Hilas

Lisa Hilas, Executive Director 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.

Gracie Hilas
Gracie Hilas

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!

Dawn Shepherd
Dawn Shepherd

My name is Dawn Shepherd. My husband and I live in Vacaville. I have lived in the area for since 1987. I have been with Saving Gracie since its first fundraiser. I am 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 Board Member
Tina Chechourka

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 for local government, Tina retired for a few days before she took a position as a Volunteer Coordinator for Solano County.

Tina, 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.

Michelle Strand
Michelle Strand

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 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.

Beth Rowe
Beth Rowe

A Vacaville resident since 2013, Beth, a Financial Advisor, 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 gives back to our local community through her service in several nonprofits such as Soroptimist International of Vacaville, VFW Auxiliary and Saving Gracie Angel Fund for pets. When her family is not serving the community, you will find them playing on the farm and visiting local parks.

Nancy Bennett
Nancy Bennett

Nancy 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 may families and she is proud to be a part of our mission.

MIchelle Trippi
Michelle Trippi

Michelle and her husband, Sean, happily live in Downtown Vacaville with their dog, Zelda, and Lucky the Cat. Michelle, a web and print designer, is the co-founder and Creative Director of Y2 Creative Solutions, a web design, development company based in Vacaville.

When she is not working you will find Michelle and her best friend Zelda playing outdoors, cheering for the Denver Broncos or the SF Giants, painting, sketching, giving back to her community, and working on her 1889 home…a never-ending project. Michelle is ecstatic to be a part of Saving Gracie and their effort to help pets and the families who love them.

Suzanne Clark
Suzanne Clark

Suzanne, a retired local business owner, 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 of Vacaville, and as a Vacaville Housing and Redevelopment Commissioner. A resident of Vacaville since 1971, she brings with her a wealth of knowledge of our community.

Dolores Conroy
Dolores Conroy

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

LuAnn Hefner
LuAnn Hefner

LuAnn, originally from North Carolina, moved to California and is now retired from a business she owned in Vacaville for many years.

LuAnn enjoys her grandkids, her puppy dog and painting.

Leticia Shaw
Leticia Shaw

After a 13-year career in Tech Support and Network Administration for the corporate and government sectors, and following the birth of her daughter in 2004, Leticia founded Shaw Web Designs. In 2018, she cofounded Y2 Creative Solutions, a web design, and development company in Vacaville, and is the company’s Development Director.

Enjoying the challenges created by the evolution of web design and development, Leticia is continuously honing her skills, keeping up to date through webinars, networking, conferences, and online training, including the local WordCamp conference for WordPress users and developers. Leticia’s extensive work experience serving local nonprofit organizations, her love of animals, and her compassion for those in need, is the reason she enjoys being of service to the Saving Gracie organization.

Darci Chadwick
Darci Chadwick

Darci believes pets are family, bring unconditional love and joy into our lives, and make this world a better place! Raised with pets her entire life, she knows firsthand how much value they bring to our emotional, mental and physical health. 

A mom of four with two precious pups, Darci was a founding Director of Marketing at Pawsh Place Veterinary Center and Boutique. A previous owner of multiple businesses, Darci is currently the Creative Director and Co-founder of Modern Brand Marketing. She loves what she does and believes that every business has a story to tell, and she can’t wait to help share Saving Gracie’s! As a passionate pet owner and business professional, it is Darci’s honor to be a part of the Saving Gracie Foundation and its heartfelt mission.