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Stephanie Willis has been rescuing animals for as long as she can remember. As a child, she’d flag traffic and gently redirect butterflies drinking from potholes before vehicles could pass by. She protected anthills from lawnmowers, offered aid to injured wildlife, and advocated for the safe and swift release of lightning bugs from mason jars throughout her childhood. Today, her passion is even bigger and she’s using it to further the mission of Agape Animal Rescue.

In 2009, Stephanie retired from the music industry, where she’d been signed as a songwriter and recording artist, and re-enrolled in college to finish her Public Relations Management degree. It was an environmental ethics class that made her aware of puppy mills and ignited her drive to get involved with an organization on the frontlines. Her personal mission was for every dog to be loved and cared for like her dogs (Presley, Rock, and Jazz), and Agape Animal Rescue’s mission aligned perfectly.

Since 2011, Stephanie has served as a communications advisor to executive director Tanya Willis. She specializes in event planning, video production, and celebrity relations. She is the visionary behind Agape Animal Ball, and her talent and creativity are on display at the organization’s largest fundraising event each year.

Stephanie is married to session guitarist John Willis and the proud mother of Chase and pups Rock, Jazz, and Treesy (Agape alum). Chase and Treesy, both adopted and living their best lives, have joined Stephanie in advocating for adoption—human and canine—by offering an intimate look into their beautifully-blended lives on the family’s YouTube show, Chase’s Toy Place.

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