ABOUT US

Our Vision & Mission / Core Values / Meet our Team

ABOUT US

Our Vision & Mission / Core Values / Meet our Team

The Aska’s Animals Foundation provides temporary care and long-term residency to animals in need.

Our Vision

The Aska’s Animals Foundation envisions a world where there are no animals in need of rehoming or sanctuary care.

Our Mission

To provide a progressive environment for animals through rehabilitation, adoption, education and community outreach.

Our Why

To provide compassionate support for animals and pet owners so that animals are cared for, and pet owners are happy with the animals in their homes.

Core Values

COMPASSION for animals and the humans who care for them. We believe in respecting the dignity of all living creatures and aim to create a positive, kind, empathetic, and inclusive environment.

COMMITMENT to a humane quality of care using evidence-based welfare standards and training to consider and address the needs of animals as individuals.

COMMUNITY by providing education, resources, and support through our programs that aim to foster thoughtful engagement.

Meet our Team

Board Members

ASKA LANGMAN, Founder & Board President

Aska has spent most of her life working with and caring for animals. While getting her B.S in Animal Science from The University of Vermont, she spent a year in South Africa working with a wildlife veterinarian caring for injured wildlife. After college, she moved to Victor, ID and traded in working with lions and elephants for cats and dogs. Aska has been involved with the local animal welfare groups and participates in the Animal Adoption Center’s Spay/Neuter program on the Wind River Reservation as well as trapping feral cats for PAWS of JH. In order to spend more time caring for all the rescue animals, Aska started her own dog boarding business, which allows her to stay at home with all the animals and with her son, Leo. Aska’s husband Will has accepted that his life now revolves around the animals and you can find him building and fixing anything and everything here at the farm.

KARA POLLARD, Board Member

With her husband Mark Pollard, a Kiwi native and their daughter Olivia and son William, Kara has made Jackson Wyoming home with two rescue dogs Sydney and Arnie. Animal welfare has always been a passion of hers, from rescuing the family pets at local animal shelters and volunteering for welfare agencies while growing up in Rhode Island. After graduating from the University of Vermont in 2006 with a degree in Animal Science, she moved to Jackson, WY with her first rescue dog, Sydney a pit bull mix. Kara quickly became an active member in the Valley, working as a technician at a veterinary clinic and also volunteering for animal welfare agencies including Teton County Animal Shelter, Paws of Jackson Hole, and the Animal Adoption Center. Kara worked as the Executive Director of the Animal Adoption Center from 2012-2015 before joining theDog Is My CoPilot team where she is currently the Executive Director!  Kara is proud to be part of the Aska’s Animals team!

Jaclyn Pierce

JACLYN PIERCE, Board Member

Jaclyn earned her degree in Systems & Information Engineering from the University of Virginia. Her professional background includes internal audit, commercial lending, technology and operations. Jaclyn moved to Teton Valley in 2007 and she is currently the Director of Operations at City Pass, Inc. You can often find her out on the trail or skijoring with her ‘Malamutt’ Akele, adopted from Moonsong Malamute Rescue in 2008.

Living adjacent to Aska, Jaclyn considers herself lucky to have ‘hands on’ involvement with Aska’s Animals. She has always had a love for pigs and enjoys spending time with all the residents at Aska’s Animals. Jaclyn has been an animal lover her entire life and is passionate about helping Aska’s Animals expand their reach to animals in need and within the local community.

SANDY KNOLL, Board Member

After receiving her MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, Sandy spent her career working as a manager in finance and accounting at DOE national laboratories in Idaho and New Mexico.  Tetons out her front window, a quick drive to Targhee for some morning powder, and easy accessibility to a variety of trails brought Sandy and her husband, Dana, to Teton Valley to start the next chapter of their lives. They have happily called Teton Valley their home since 2017. Besides the endless outdoor opportunities of the valley, Sandy enjoys a challenging sudoku puzzle, reading the New York Times, and a good cappuccino from Rise. She’s been an avid dog lover and pet owner for most of her adult life, and recognizes the responsibility that pet ownership entails. Sandy is committed to the vision of Aska’s Animals Foundation, is excited to bring her financial expertise and attention to detail to the table, and is thrilled to be part of this amazing organization.

DAVID ADAMS, Board Member

David’s career has been devoted to aging and eldercare where he’s witnessed the incredible impact that animals can have on the lives of older people. From being a companion to connecting generations, the magical way that animals change lives inspires him. The mission of Aska’s Animals to care and rehabilitate rescue animals of all kinds led him to get involved. His two rescued dogs, Flash and Leo, have benefited from Aska’s care and indeed met while with Aska. David is excited to help grow the reach and impact of Aska’s Animals to further benefit animals in need of homes and sanctuaries. David and his husband live in Jackson where he runs a small eldercare and consulting business.

Staff

ALI ANDERSON, Animal Care Coordinator

A Utah native who settled into the Teton community with her husband and son (plus 3 adorable dogs) in 2020, thanks to her husband’s family ties to the community and an itch for change.

She grew up with an insane love for animals, big and small. From dogs, bunnies, and hamsters, to snakes, fish, and spiders, she’s never shied away.

She dreamt of becoming a veterinarian but decided on a different path.

After her 15 years in the beauty industry, behind the chair as a hairstylist, owning and managing a top-rated salon, as well as a brow artist in permanent cosmetics, she’s right where she always wanted to be. Finding Aska’s Animals felt like finding her place. Surrounded by animals, giving them care, attention, love, helping rehabilitate the ones that need it and all the messy chores in between, she’s loving every second.