A Letter To Our Friends & Supporters

After twenty five years at the helm of Puppies Behind Bars I have decided to step down as President as of December 31st. The pandemic delayed this decision three times; now that, hopefully, things are steadier, I feel the timing is right.

I feel strongly that any organization needs to change its leadership from time to time in order to thrive, stay creative, and remain fresh. Today Puppies is a very dynamic organization; I want to keep it that way for many years to come. New leadership will, I am certain, help ensure that we continue to grow and continue to respond to the changing needs of our communities.

Since the board of directors has not yet found a replacement, Eric Barsness, our current Executive Vice President, will become Interim President. The board hopes to find a permanent president by the end of summer.

I will remain with Puppies as a Senior Advisor on a part time basis.

Of course, there are many things that I will miss as I move away from my leadership role. Very high on the list is the support that all of you reading this have shown over the years. I have not met most of you in person, but your enthusiasm for, and dedication to, Puppies’ work comes through loud and clear.
I have never been in a non-profit which gets so many personal notes attached to donations. I read each and every one of those notes and each time I am amazed at how connected you feel to our work, and each time I am filled with gratitude that you have chosen us.

The incarcerated individuals who raise our puppies, the veterans and first responders who receive our puppies, and the dogs themselves have all benefitted from your largesse. It is now time for me to take my passion, and compassion, to work in a different arena, solving different problems and working with different constituents. I have grown tremendously as a result of having founded and run Puppies Behind Bars for all these years and am looking forward to both my working future – and Puppies’ – with optimism.

Thank you, again, for believing in our work. I extend my heartfelt wishes to you and your families for a joyous holiday season.

Sincerely,
Gloria Gilbert Stoga
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