About Us: The Story of Almost There Foster Care

GERI HORMEL
GERI HORMELATFC Founder
After 8 years of experience with animal rescue causes, nearly a hundred animals fostered, and a multitude of her own pets, including dogs, horses, goats, ducks, pigs and even salamanders, Geri is focused on making her vision, Almost There Foster Care, come alive.

Geri has extensive experience with all aspects of the animal welfare process including intake, care (general and condition specific), adoption, education and advocacy, and she completed an intensive training program at the Arizona Humane Society.

Over the years, the more Geri worked with local rescue organizations, including The Arizona Humane Society, Arizona Animal Welfare League and HALO, the more she realized there was a huge need in the rescue world that she knew she could fill.

ATFC is dedicated to saving dogs that would otherwise be euthanized because of a simple sickness, shyness or pregnancy.

Geri’s love of all living creatures started long ago. As a toddler she followed ants, and picked up snakes – the friendly ones, of course. These activities are not confined to her childhood. She is inspired by her family, her animals, healthy living, travel and singing.

SAMANTHA NIETO
SAMANTHA NIETOATFC Photographer | Marketing/Branding Director
Born in Santa Cruz, CA, Sammy was raised in Phoenix and calls it home. Her love for animals was evident at a young age. Her first pet was a tabby cat named Simba. This experience prompted Sammy to foster numerous cats and kittens over the years that followed. She and her family have since adopted two adorable pit bull puppies, Cookie and Frida.

Sammy is the driving force behind ATFC’s marketing and branding. In addition to creating and maintaining our social media, she also serves in the capacity of photographer, which allows us to help promote our foster animals to potential adopters.

Sammy currently attends ASU (GO SUN DEVILS!) She is an Art Studies Major, and is simultaneously pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Photography.

Aside from school and caring for animals, she enjoys working in her darkroom, editing photos.

Sammy has volunteered her time to the Arizona Animal Welfare League, Pittie Me Rescue, and The Arizona Humane Society. She has vast experience working with animals which includes overseeing the birth of 10 puppies! Fostering kittens is her specialty.

Sammy is obsessed with Disneyland and loves gummy bears.

Our Mission Statement

AFTC provides  comfortable space and  programmed care to animals in the shelter system who may otherwise be euthanized due to lack of space and resources.  Our facility provides high-level of care and maximizes marketing and social media resources to insure these animals find their way to loving homes.

Background/Who We Are

Almost There Foster Care (ATFC), founded in 2013, is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization based out of Phoenix, Arizona. ATFC provides foster care for puppies and dogs in need of intermediary care.  We believe that a temporary home away from the busy shelter environment allows animals to grow, recover, rehabilitate and relocate to permanent homes faster. ATFC aids in the adoption of animals, advocates for animals in need, and educates the community on issues relating to proper care and training of animals.




Our Supporters

It’s true, it really does take a village! Lucky for us, we have support from numerous local entities including, but not limited to:

Winquist Studios

All of our wonderful volunteers!

ATFC Clients With Happy Tales

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