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About Us

Every member of the Quick Paws crew is devoted to providing a fun, safe experience for your pet. We take the time to get to know each member of your furry family individually.  Our goal is to be there for your pets when you’re simply too busy to give them the attention they each deserve.  Quick Paws is fully bonded and insured and our entire staff is trained in American Red Cross Animal First Aid.

Quick Paws is an equal opportunity employer, and we’re always looking for motivated, detail-oriented animal lovers to work with us.  Click here for an application.


Charla for Web Charla’s dog hiking adventures after college led to the inspiration of a lifetime, and her passion for this business continues to make it her favorite endeavor.  Charla is forever perfecting Quick Paws along with Misha (Best Dog Ever) and Idri (“AYE-dree,” arguably the Worst Dog Ever for bad habits like chasing chickens and stealing bagels).  When not coordinating the day at Quick Paws, Charla and her husband Sam can be found at home on their ranch, hanging out with way too many horses, half a dozen cows, four hound dogs, and the world’s fastest five chickens.
Veda grew up in Ithaca, NY and discovered a passion for exploration and adventure through the careful mentorship of her early childhood dogs, Grendel and Poli. After high school, Veda moved out west to explore more dramatic landscapes and earned her degree in Environmental Studies from Prescott University. Veda enjoys cooking, eating, playing roller derby, teaching new skills to humans and dogs alike, and spending quality outdoor time with her pup, Franny. She is more than excited to put her people and dog skills to work in her role as Quick Paws’ Staff Manager!


Mel is a born and raised Montanan, born in Billings but moved to Missoula to pursue a degree in Organismal Biology. She graduated in 2014 and decided to join the Quick Paws crew due to her love of dogs and an interest in their care. When she’s not running the show as Quick Paws’ Client Manager, you can find her hiking or relaxing with her black lab Gunnar!


Michael for web Archer and his human Michael are relatively new to Montana but didn’t come far. North Dakota was home before this, but they longed for adventure and to escape the prairies in search for mountains. Michael enjoys camping, hiking, riding bike, and taking Archer out for a quick walk. If he isn’t doing any of those things he might be out on the mountain roads with his motorcycle. Michael grew up around lots of different pets like cats, dogs, horses, fish, and even a ferret.  He feels right at home with his new doggy friends at Quick Paws and enjoys the new challenges as Assistant Manager.
Cecelia grew up in the Bitterroot Valley on a farm where even the quirkiest animal could find itself at home. Cecelia fulfilled her dream of attending art school in Oregon and her only request for a graduation present when she returned to Montana was: a dog. Luckily, Cecelia came home to a smart, adventurous puppy named Ginger, and the two have been a pair of goofballs ever since. Cecelia loves riding her horse Blossom and she is a dedicated bowhunter.  She’s having a great time as Quick Paws’ Supervisor!
Jude’s first experience with dogs was riding the family Labrador as a toddler. He hasn’t been without a dog by his side ever since, though he can no longer ride dogs like horses. Jude was raised near San Francisco. He and his lab Willow were happy to escape cities for the Big Sky Country. Jude will graduate this spring from UM with a degree in Wildlife Biology and a minor in Communications. He enjoys all things outdoors, especially backpacking, camping, and hunting, and is enjoying the challenges as Quick Paws’ newest Supervisor.
Luke cropped for web Luke is a small town boy from Dillon, MT.  He loves music and hopes to make a career out of it someday.  Luke has always had a soft spot for dogs and has made it a mission to love every dog as if he were his own!
Lindsey for web crop Lindsey was born and raised in Fairfield MT. She ventured to Missoula for school and never left. Along the way she found a love in grooming dogs. Her other passions include fishing, exploring, gardening and hanging out with her rat Petunia.
Ellie grew up in Minnesota but the mountains and wildlife called her out to Montana for college in 2010.  She fell in love with Missoula and hasn’t left.  Ellie volunteers a lot, helping train tracking/trailing dogs and assisting with EMT exams, and she is working toward becoming a member of Missoula County Search and Rescue–all while attending grad school!  Ellie loves dogs and is happy to spend all day with them. 
Michelle 2 for web Michelle is from upstate New York, went to college in Rochester and eventually moved to California withher pet snake Sebastian.  She’s been grooming pets for 25 years and volunteers for humane societies in her spare time.  Michelle recently moved to Missoula with her husband Donny and son Joshua, nearly three and thinks he is the boss!  Michelle is thrilled to be in Montana; it’s been her dream for many years.  Michelle loves hiking, fishing, hunting and camping so Montana is the place to be!  Dreams do come true.
Crystal for web Although she grew up in Washington, Crystal was born in Bozeman and Montana has felt like home ever since. She moved back to Missoula in the fall and has been enjoying her time rediscovering why she fell in love with this town. Saturday markets, hiking the M and going down to the river are just a few places you might find her. She is thrilled to be working with animals again and looks forward to her time at Quick Paws.
 Jess for web Jess and her best buddy Thor and are no strangers to Montana. With all of the mountains to hike, endless trails to discover, and beautiful clear Lakes to paddle board, they couldn’t ask for a better place to live their simple adventurous lives!  They never miss a day in the sun, and on rainy colder days they like to snuggle up on the couch and watch Star Trek or, more often than not, make both people and dog cookies from scratch!
  Madeline grew up in Ohio and chose Missoula for college without even realizing what a dog-friendly place it was. She grew up with many dogs, including her best friend, Jack, a corgi who is commemorated in a tattoo on her arm. Besides dogs, she loves listening to music, rock-climbing, reading, and painting. She’s so excited to be a part of Quick Paws and to help take care of wonderful dogs every day!
Elizabeth was born in Montana, but grew up around the world. She asked her mom for a puppy for 15 years, but ended up with cats instead. After moving to Missoula, she adopted two cats: Ampersand and Nobody Owens. Oh, and her first dog, Link. Aside from her animals, Elizabeth loves camping, video games, working with children, and sleeping.
  Gina grew up in Missoula and graduated from Big Sky High School before moving to Portland to be closer to her dad. After nine years in Oregon, Gina and her family decided they didn’t fit into the big city life style and moved back to Missoula, where they’re happy and content to be among the mountains and the critters of Montana!
Originally from Duluth Minnesota, Maureen has always loved animals and especially fell in love with dogs after her first family dog Cedar. After getting her degrees in Business Management and German Studies, Maureen decided she would really rather be hiking dogs in the mountains. Although sad to leave behind her parent’s dog Cypress, Maureen is having a blast going on adventures and meeting all the friendly faces at Quick Paws.


Tannah is the inspiration behind Quick Paws Hiking Company.  She found Charla in New Mexico in 2001, a puppy with boundless energy and a gift for sprinting. Tannah simply wouldn’t settle down without a good romp in the woods with her pals, and so Quick Paws came to be.  Tannah loved to run more than anything in the world, and her enthusiasm for the mountains will forever be missed. Her spirit carries on in our hikes…running circles around us, as always.


Quick Paws is an equal opportunity employer.  Click here for an application.


Quick Paws Hiking Company is an equal opportunity provider.