Stray to Service began as a pilot program at the Dog and Cat Shelter in Sheridan, Wyoming. The program outgrew the mission and scope of the shelter and became a 501(C)3 registered with the state of Wyoming. This allows our program to grow nationally by selecting dogs from other shelters, and accepting applications from all over the US.
Assuring those in need are met with service animals that are vital to positive mental health & healing.
"A" TEAM (ADMIN)
A US Army Veteran and former small business owner. Jill has 15+ years of Non-Profit experience as a Board Member and director. She was the Director of the Dog and Cat Shelter in Sheridan, WY, from 2018 – 2022, during which time they became a Best Friends Affiliate and garnered national attention for programs. She was Board President of CHAPS (Children, Horses, and Adults in Partnership), an Equine Therapy non-profit. During her tenure, CHAPS was the first equine therapy facility in the U.S. to contract with the VA. She was previously the Director of a non-profit Economic Development Corporation and an 80-acre multi-use Equestrian facility.
Morgan is a service dog recipient from the Stray to Service Program. Morgan and Annie were placed 2 ½ years ago. Since then, Morgan has turned her life around. She largely credits Annie with her turnaround. In her words, “Codependence isn’t usually healthy. But in this case, it is. I used to be hypervigilant, which caused constant anxiety. Now I know I don’t have to be vigilant because Annie has my back”. Since Morgan partnered with Annie, she has been off all her meds and has lost 70 lbs! Morgan took it upon herself to organize the first fundraiser for STS!
Developed the original pilot program called “Anchor Dog.” She attended a week-long “Paws to Stripes” workshop in Albuquerque, NM, in 2016, primarily dedicated to service dog placement. Julie has vast non-profit experience both as a Director and Board member. She volunteered for the Dog and Cat shelter from 2009-2014, was a Board Member from 2014 to 2018, and was the Interim Director from 2017 to 2018. She also has experience working for the ASPCA in Houston, Texas. She currently serves on the Sheridan County Fairgrounds Board.
Von Mock is a 5th generation Wyomingite who grew up on a ranch outside of Dayton. He has spent 37 of the last 55 years wandering around the globe with a backpack and a journal. He earned two degrees from Columbia College Chicago, a BA in Theatre and a MA in Inter-disciplinary Arts. He currently is the owner\head monkey of a hardwood flooring company in Sheridan. He can usually be found on the weekends being walked by a spoiled bull terrier
Volunteered at the Dog and Cat Shelter for the Bite Club program and on the STS applicant selection committee. Cathy has extensive experience in the healthcare field, specifically with Veterans, and can provide professional insight into physical and mental health conditions and limitations. She is also an avid volunteer for the community. She is currently the Big Horn Lions Club Vice President and serves on the Steering and Selection Board for Leadership Sheridan. She has an extensive family military background and is honored to be contributing to the program.
Sharon grew up in Riverton, Wyoming. After high school, she attended Georgetown University and the University of Wyoming, where she obtained a law degree. After many random jobs, she became a lawyer, held some government jobs, and practiced privately. She has served on some private and public boards. At present, she is retired.
Sharon was not a dog person. Then she married a man who was a dog person. He was a businessperson and a veteran of the Army, having served in Germany. Together they had some dozen dogs at different times, at most three at a time. Some of the dogs were adopted from rescue and shelter organizations. Some were show dogs. She has volunteered at the Sheridan Animal Shelter and has transported dogs to adoptive homes. She is now a widow and manages her three dogs with the help of Country Pet Inn.