Nichole Bethurem


Nichole was Buster Brown's mom and is dedicated to helping other special needs animals like him. She has been volunteering at Tehama County Animal Care Center since adopting her first dog there in 2017. One of Nichole’s goals is to create a compassionate euthanasia fund which can be used at the Board’s discretion to assist owners with end of life services in lieu of surrendering their sick or senior dog to the shelter.

Michelle Amador

Vice President

Michelle was one of Buster's favorite humans. She worked at Tehama County Animal Care Center during his time at the shelter and they truly bonded. Michelle is a lifelong Tehama County resident with a love of the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. She currently has a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Rango but loves the Belgian Malinois breed. Michelle is passionate about helping animals in need and educating their owners on basic care and training.

Colleen Lewis


Colleen has been volunteering, transporting, and fostering dogs for the Tehama County Animal Care Center since 2018. Colleen and her husband have fostered 34 dogs, including under-socialized, long-term, and medical cases. Colleen is also the Vice President of P.A.T.H., Poor and the Homeless Tehama County Coalition. Colleen is passionate about ensuring homeless and at risk of homeless individuals have resources to assist with their pets, such as food pantries and vaccination clinics. Colleen has volunteered at LIFT for several years in the pet section. Colleen looks forward to using this organization to help our community and the animals that count on us.