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Fenella Speece, President
Fenella Speece, President

In 1996 Fenella visited an adoption event in Balboa Park and became the proud “mum” of a male guinea pig called Sam. As a newcomer to San Diego, this was her first exposure to the local rescue community. Hearing that many small animals were in need of rescue, Fenella joined with other fellow small animal lovers to create the foundation of Wee Companions. She was instrumental in establishing the rescue as a 501(c)(3) and has remained the President of the rescue since 2003.
An RN with a special passion for small animals, she has led the volunteer based organization to become a respected, thriving rescue and adoption agency that networks with shelters all over California. She has travelled to the UK to study at the renowned Cavy Hospital at Cambridge Cavy Trust, and has established working relationships with multiple vets who support her work and help care for the rescue animals.
Being an animal lover, she is usually surrounded by her dogs, cats, tortoises, rabbits and guinea pigs. She loves sitting by her pond enjoying her Koi fish or riding her horses. “I can’t imagine life without my animals, we are all connected and here to take care of each other.”
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Pat Crowley
Pat Crowley

Pat graduated from the University of Illinois and earned a Master's degree in Education from Harvard University.  She moved to San Diego in 1964 where she taught elementary education for 25 years.  She retired in 1989, at which time she volunteered for the Pet-Assisted Therapy...read more about Pat

Cassandra Cyphers
Cassandra Cyphers

Cassandra is an undergraduate student at the University of San Diego and has lived in the San Diego area for the past eight years. She has volunteered as a guinea pig adoption counselor and foster home for Wee Companions for more than seven years. Previously, she served as...read more about Cassandra

Judith Eisenberg
Judith Eisenberg

Judith received her Bachelor's of Science from Stanford University in Mathematical and Computational Sciences, and then worked in high-tech in Silicon Valley for ten years.  In 2000, she and her husband moved their young family to San Diego, trading in a fast-paced career for a more meaningful position in the non-profit world.  She began working at the San Diego Humane Society as the Pet-Assisted Therapy Coordinator and continued in this position for 15 years.  In 2014...read more about Judith

Kelly Riseley
Kelly Riseley

Honored to join the board of Wee Companions in November 2018, Kelly has devoted the majority of her career to serving nonprofit organizations as a finance professional in organizations focusing on higher education, animal welfare, and consumer protection missions. She currently serves as Director of Finance for Identity Theft Resource Center... read more about Kelly

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