Lori Goff, has always loved animals and for the past 25 years she has cared for them through her dedicated work as a Registered Veterinary Technician at VCA Animal Specialty Group in San Diego. After starting at VCA Lori discovered that her passion was in surgery, she has spent the last 18 years in the ER. Being able to help animals live longer, hopefully pain free lives is her motivation!
Lori currently owns 5 dogs, 1 cat, 4 geckos, 1 iguana, 1 bearded dragon and 1 Senegal parrot. She has had everything from ferrets and chinchillas to doves and pigeons. She is mom to 3 teenage children who keep her very busy. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with good friends drinking wine or watching movies.
Mick Myers brings medical information and professionals together to more effectively care for our companion animals. Mike joined VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center in July of 2008. He is responsible for acting as the liaison between the hospital and referring veterinarians ensuring a timely transfer of records from our hospital to your veterinarian.
Prior to joining VCA, he spent over 25 years in the financial services industry serving as Vice President of Asset Management for Capital Associates and Comerica Bank in Denver Colorado. After leaving the banking industry, he owned and operated an ice cream and coffee shop located in Old Town San Diego.
He earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of Wyoming.
Chopper the Biker Dog
“Chopper the Biker Dog” is a 7 year old Boston Terrier, therapy dog who is passionate about making a difference to those in need. Chopper visits seniors, veterans, children, law enforcement — those who are sick, recovering, terminal and those “less fortunate” and in need a little extra something to help them through the tough times, sharing his love and putting smiles on faces. This does not just stop at “humans” there are many dogs “furry friends” out there that need a loving forever home, and Chopper does what he can to help bring awareness to help find our 4-legged friends a forever home. Chopper the Biker Dog, makes a difference one paw-step at a time, for humans and K-9’s alike.” We are delighted to have Chopper and Mark (his 2 legged best friend) attend DSF and receive recognition for their community service work.
Ann Pollock is the Founder/President of Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego. Since 1993 she has worked tirelessly to rescue, foster, spay/neuter, and increase adoption and awareness of the Chihuahua breed. In addition her organization provides pups with medical and dental care as well as assists low income Chihuahua owners with medical expenses so that their dogs remain with their families and are not orphaned due to financial insecurity. We recognize Ann and her dedicated volunteers who have created a vital organization that serves to save and champion this popular breed.
Today we honored Champion surfing dog, therapy dog Ricochet with a 2016 Doggie Street Festival Hero Award. DSF volunteer and fellow surfer Layla presented the medallion to Ricochet in recognition of her work as Canine Ambassador for Surfers with disabilities. We honor this 4 legged champion for her emotional connection to the kids with special needs, people with disabilities and veterans with PTSD that she has unconditionally loved thru the years and we applaud her unwavering commitment to dog adoption! Congrats to Ricochet and her two-legged best friend Judy for their boundless enthusiasm and goodwill.