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Kirk Geiger

Kirk Geiger President Of The Animal rescue Center Of California

Kirk rescued his first first dog at the age of ten and is a lifelong animal lover and advocate.

Since 2009 he and his wife Noelle have rescued hundreds of dogs from the streets, working with other local rescue organizations to find them all loving homes. The Pet Rescue Center in Coachella CA was usually the first stop to scan for a microchip. This is how he became friends with his rescue mentor Christine Madruga the founder of The Pet Rescue Center. Kirk would run the Center from time to time while learning from her 20 years of saving 10,000 dogs.

When Christine retired in 2018, Kirk vowed to continue the work of saving animals in need and founded The Animal Rescue Center of California in September of 2020.


Erin Hyland

Erin Hyland

Bio coming soon!







Dan Graff

Dan Graff | Treasurer

Dan graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. For over 30 years he has worked in the accounting profession, primarily in construction accounting and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1997.

Over the years, Dan, and his wife Laura, have rescued several dogs and cats, many who became their own pets.

“The joy of the unconditional love provided by a being is awe inspiring and I hope to give back some of the joy I have received to the pets that are in need of a safe space.”



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Randy Foulds

Randy Foulds The Animal Rescue Center Of California

Canadian by birth, Randy left Vancouver Island at age 20 to begin a career in broadcasting. He got his start here in the Coachella Valley as a writer and producer at KESQ then KMIR in the 1980’s. That led to a long career of over 20 years around the country in TV Production and Management.  

In 2009, he left broadcasting to return to the Coachella Valley and take on a new career in Health Insurance.  Now 13 years later, he is considered a preeminent expert in the field of Medicare and Health Insurance.  

In 2013, Randy found a local website that listed dogs that needed to be rescued from local shelters, where he was drawn to a small poodle Bichon mix named Cooper.  Little Cooper became the perfect first pet for Randy and his youngest son Tristan.  

Married to his beautiful wife Lisa a few years later, Randy, Lisa and Tristan now enjoy traveling with Cooper and bringing him to their office in Old Town La Quinta where he happily checks out every new client to be sure they are Cooper approved.  

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Noelle Geiger

Noelle Geiger Board Member The Animal Rescue Center Of California

Noelle is the Co-Founder of The Animal Rescue Center Of California and is also on staff as the ARC’s Communications Director. She has been rescuing street dogs with her husband Kirk since 2008. What she loves most about rescue is helping street dogs transform into physically healthy and happy adoptable pets.

Noelle comes from a technical background in web design and virtual streaming, which has been instrumental in helping us tell each rescue’s story.



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Paula Simonds

Paula Simonds

With over 20 years experience in the nonprofit field, I value, both personally and professionally, the time, effort and understanding required to support those involved. From those you assist to those you work alongside, it takes a dedicated group of individuals to implement and provide trusted, critical resources to achieve necessary outcomes. Nonprofit work is more than just a job, it is a passion and commitment to make a difference for those you strive to help. It takes a village, from team members to volunteers to the community to make an impact for those who need a hand up, not a hand out.