Adriana established NJ STRAYS in 2012 in an attempt to support families who were struggling with care for their pets because they needed behavioral guidance or low-cost resources. She owns a board and train facility in Sussex County and lives with her family and eight plus rescue pets.
Through her volunteer work, Adriana assists families of missing pets with search and recovery, and she also provides behavioral assessments for new potential adopters or families who need guidance. Adriana’s No-Kill approach is an inclusive solution to the unnecessary euthanization of companion animals in and outside shelters. Her vision is to create a long-lasting solution to the problem, setting roots in education and community support.
Founder and Executive Director
Estrella lives in Montville Township with her family and rescue pets (Daphne a pitbull and Pepita a tortoise shell cat). She has volunteered in the animal community for many years, helping place New Jersey cats and dogs into loving homes. Her passion started when she visited New Jersey's largest kill shelter. From that day forward, she was at the shelter weekly promoting, fostering dogs, counseling potential adopters and networking with rescue organizations.
Aside from being a devout animal lover, Estrella is the co-president of the local Home School Association and is proud to be part of decisions that influence the future of New Jersey's children. She's an NJ Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with Keller Williams City Life.
Lauren lives in Bergen County with her dog Hannah. She currently serves as Youth Services Librarian at a North Jersey public library. Her animal welfare philosophy is that the best place for pets is in their homes. With that in mind, Lauren also directs our Owner Surrender Prevention project.
Lauren believes that the most important impact NJ STRAYS has on our community is that we try and keep pets in their loving homes and we educate people to prevent more animals from entering the shelter system. Amen!
Sandra Varano lives with her three dogs and five cats, all rescues. An animal lover since childhood, she initially became involved in animal welfare as a volunteer with a greyhound adoption group interviewing applicants, fostering dogs and assisting in fundraising events.
Sandra is an attorney and has an office in Hackensack, New Jersey. She specializes in civil rights, employment, personal injury and litigation. Sandra assists NJ STRAYS with most legal matters in addition to her role as Secretary on the Board of Directors.
Yoke is a resident of Rockaway in Morris County, New Jersey. She's an accomplished not-for-profit, marketing and financial professional, now retired; and the co-founder / director of the Delaware Valley Eagle Alliance (a small a 501c3 not-for-profit dedicated to the conservation of our wildlife and natural resources.) She's also co-owner of Nature’s Art Productions LLC.
Yoke believes that animals, whether they be wild or domesticated, need as much help as possible. The most important impact NJ STRAYS makes on our communities, she says, is providing a voice for companion animals who suffer needlessly by helping promote a No-Kill message and programs.