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About Wichita Animal Action League

Wichita Animal Action League, or WAAL, is a state-licensed rescue and 501c3 nonprofit organization. We are a foster-home-based rescue and do not operate a full time facility.

Founded in November 2013, WAAL works to fulfill our mission of rescuing animals in crisis.  Our goal is to fill the gap created from the financial and personnel constraints of local governments resources.

 We fulfill our mission with three main branches of service:

  1. Adoption
    1. Saving animals at risk of euthanasia at local shelters
    2. Providing rehoming services to owners to prevent pets from entering the shelter system
  2. Spay/Neuter Services
    1. Spay It Forward, a voucher program designed to stop unnecessary pet euthanasia by combating its source: overpopulation
    2. TNR services
  3. Community Outreach
    1. Providing welfare checks for neglect/cruelty concerns
    2. Emergency rescue responding when others say, “We don’t do that,” including saving cats in trees, ducklings in storm drains, and starving horses
    3. Assisting the city shelter with vet care costs for medical-emergency cases
    4. Donating supplies to owners in need
    5. Assisting owners with vet bills
    6. Empowering the community with vaccination and supply clinics

We are 100% reliant on donations to provide these life-saving services.

We need your help to carry out our mission! Whether you are called to volunteer, foster,  adopt, or donate, we need you, and so do the animals!

WAAL Lifesaving Statistics

  Cats Dogs Other*
2020 Intakes 792 325 19
Adoptions 771 285 9
2019 Intakes 624 165
Adoptions 617 264

*Rabbits, guinea pigs

Our Services

Emergency rescue


Trap/neuter/return of feral cat colonies

Transport chains to other rescues around Kansas

Respond to abuse/neglect complaints

Educate pet owners and donate supplies

Our Board of Directors

Christy Fischer

Executive Director (Not Part of Board)

  • Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice
    • Wichita State University
  • Masters of Arts, Criminal Justice
    • Wichita State University
    • Summa Cum Laude
  • Certifications
    • Kansas State Certified Law Enforcement Officer, 2007
    • Nationally Certified Animal Cruelty Investigator, 2011
    • Texas State Certified Animal Control Officer, 2016
  • Instructor
    • National Animal Cruelty Investigator’s School through the University of Missouri

Sarah Coffman

Founder/Board Member

  • Director of Annual Giving
    • Mercy for Animals
  • Bachelor of Arts, Integrated Marketing and Communications
    • Elliott School of Communications, Wichita State University
    • Cum Laud
  • Spanish, minor
    • Wichita State University
  • Achievements
    • “One to Watch” Elliott School of Communications
    • Non-profit Difference Maker of the Year
    • 40 Under 40 Business Journal nomination
    • ASPCA seizure-response deployment
    • 2019 Women’s Vision Leadership Conference speaker
  • Member
    • Kansas High School Activities Association
      • Volleyball official

Becky Craft


  • Retired
    • CEO, Integra Technologies
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting
    • Wichita State University
  • Master of Business Administration
    • Wichita State University
  • Board Chair
    • Integra Technologies

Deena Hyson Bailey


  • Senior Counsel
    • Cargill, Inc.
  • Bachelor of Political Science
    • Kansas State University
  • Juris Doctor
    • Washburn University School of Law
    • Dean’s Honors, top 15%
  • Member
    • Kansas Bar
    • Wichita & Kansas Women Attorneys Associations
  • Achievements
    • 40 Under 40
    • Pro Bono Award
    • Louis Mattox Attorney of Achievement
    • Jennie Mitchell Kellogg Attorney of Achievement

Cherie Warchuck


  • Master of Professional Accountancy
    • Wichita State University
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
    • Detroit College of Business
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Member
    • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
    • Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants

Stephanie Fisk McCurdy


  • Realtor/ Broker
    • Keller Williams Hometown Partners LLC
  • Bachelor of Marketing Communications
    • Wichita State University
  • Member
    • National Association of Realtors
    • National Association of Home Builders
    • Kansas Association of Realtors
    • Wichita Area Builders Association
  • Achievements
    • 40 Under 40
    • Women In Business
    • Citizen Activist of the Year
    • Willard Garvey Crime Prevention Award
    • HGTV Househunters Appearance

Dr. Jessica Hodes, DVM

  • Veterinarian/Owner
    • Rose Hill Veterinary Health Center
  • Bachelor of Science
    • Kansas State University
    • Suma Cum Laude
  • Doctorate- Veterinary Medicine
    • Kansas State University
    • Magna Cum Laude
  • Member
    • Kansas Dressage and Eventing Association – Board member
    • Kansas Veterinary Medical Association Equine Dentistry Task Force – Member
  • Awards
    • 2007  Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) Veterinarian of the Year
  • KSU Veterinary Student Mentor
  • Nationally Accredited Veterinarian (Level 2)
  • Boarded to practice in Kansas and Missouri

Jane Deterding

  • Chairman/Owner and General Counsel
    • Citizens Bank of Kansas
  • Commissioner
    • Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission
  • Bachelor of BusinessAdministration
    • Wichita State University
    • Cum Laude
  • Doctorate- Juris
    • University of Kansas
    • Order of Coif
  • Member
    • Kansas and Wichita Bar Associations
    • Kansas Bankers Association
  • Achievements
    • 40 under 40 Professionals- Wichita Business Journal
    • Selected for Leadership Wichita
  • Past President- Delta Gamma House Corporation Board

Christy Friesen

  • REALTOR/Team Lead
    • Trusted Advisor Team LLC at RE/MAX Premier
  • BA and MA in Modern and Classical Languages/Spanish
    • Wichita State University
  • Member
    • National Association of REALTORS
    • Kansas Association of REALTORS
    • Residential Real Estate Council (CRS)
    • Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (ABR)
    • Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)
  • Achievements
    • Board of Directors for the Realtors of South Central Kansas – 2021-2023
    • Wichita Business Journal Top Residential Real Estate Teams – 2020 and 2017
    • Cover of Real Producers Magazine – July 2020
    • RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award
    • Childrens’ Miracle Network Miracle Agent
  • Previous Spanish Instructor for Wichita State University
Happy adopter

Connie Leu

  • Previously worked in medical, public relations & marketing and interior design fields
  • Move frequently due to husband’s job
    Bowie’s mom
  • WAAL volunteer Puppy Coordinator and foster
  • Animal Abuse advocate
  • Former Volunteer with Ronald McDonald House of the Central Valley, Fresno, CA