Saturday, January 29, 2022

Meet the Staff





Katie Phelan, LVT Director

Katie has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician since 2002 when she graduated from Macomb Community College. She worked for many years for her Step-Father, Dr. Gary Vyncke, DVM until his retirement. She took over directorship of the Blue Water Area Humane Society in the summer of 2013. She lives with her husband, Chris who also helps out at the shelter,  dogs; Cosmo saved from a puppy mill, Penny, the blind super poodle who was adopted from the shelter when Katie was a volunteer, Percy Sparkles the three-legged Chihuahua mix, and Luna, the cleft lip mixed breed who was on Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl, as well as two cats; Egg Roll and Stir Fry and a Bearded Dragon named Darwin. You'll find Katie just about anywhere in the shelter helping with day to day chores or giving some extra attention to the dogs that come in.

Nancy Falk

Nancy started as a volunteer 25 years ago. She is employed by the Port Huron Area School District working with special needs children and been a part time employee at the shelter for four years working on Saturdays and during the summer. Nancy lives on a small farm with her husband Matt and three dogs, four cats, a flock of ducks and chickens and a goat named Earl.

Bonnie Carpenter

Bonnie Carpenter has been with the Blue Water Area Humane Society for over 30 years. She is married to Dennis and has four dogs; two pugs Lavern and Pudding, Ivan a golden retriever mix, Wyatt, a cattle dog who holds championships in obedience and rally, and their cat Pettie. You can find Bonnie most days taking care of the kittens in the nursery and working with the dogs. With her knowledge of training, she helps work with the shelter dogs to teach them basic obedience.  


Kathy Elzey

Kathy started as a volunteer in 2007, then became a part time employee. She recently started full time after retiring from St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. She cares for the new arrivals and dogs and is also our “weekend warrior” coming in when the shelter is closed to make sure everyone gets the attention they need. Kathy shares her home with four dogs, five rabbits, one cat, one guinea pig and a flock of beautiful birds.

Luna Bella

Luna Bella is a very special little dog. She was born in the directors living room on June 21st, 2017 after her mother was surrendered pregnant. Luna has a sister and four brothers. She was born with a birth defect known as a Cleft Lip which extends into her hard palate. Because of the birth defect, Luna was not able to nurse from her mother nor could she use a bottle because she would inhale the milk. Luna had to be tube fed around the clock in order to survive as a baby. Now that she is older she can eat and drink just like any other dog. Luna was featured on Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl in February of 2018. She is our little mascot and loves to meet her fans either at the shelter or events!



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