Furever Friends Animal Rescue

  Saving abandoned animals in need of medical care four paws at a time...

Furever Friends Board & Directors (all volunteers)

Gretchen Colby

Board Member


I am a small business owner and resident of Leland.  I live here with my husband and three beautiful children.  I am originally from NH.  My husband Brett and I moved to NC in 1998.

I have been an active supporter of rescuing animals my entire life.

It has been rewarding helping to support FFAR's mission to save abandoned animals with medical needs.  They get a chance for a better life and I get to give back to my community.   Dogs and cats enhance our lives.  Supportive humans help bring out the best in them!

Andrea Murphy

Board Member

 Co- Chair

I am a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.  I am originally from Merrimack NH. I moved to Wilmington in 1996 to attend the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. I have been fortunate to work in the financial industry and help New Hanover and Brunswick County families and business owners achieve financial success.

FFAR brought the love of my life to me a few years back.  Stella an english bulldog was abandoned and desperately needed 2 eye surgeries. FFAR was able to facilitate these surgeries. Without them she would not be here today. I am forever indebted to FFAR.  

I can't think of a better way to give back to the community then to help save abandoned animals with medical needs.   

Christine Gillis

Board Member


Founding Member

I am a retired vaccine and

pharmaceutical  representative of

24 years from New York.

I moved to NC for a warmer and laid

back retirement. I had no idea that I

would get so involved with FFAR to

fulfill my passion and love for helping animals. I was past Treasurer for 5 years,

on the Finance Committee for two years and now back serving as Treasurer.

 I am so proud to be a part of this organization -  helping with volunteering, fundraising, fostering, transporting

and supplying blankets for the pets

that are adopted and whatever else

needs attention.

Kelly Gorman

Board Member



Sharon Smith

Foster & Adoption Director

Founding Member

Sharon Smith has been overseeing the Foster and Adoption programs for FFAR since 2011. Sharon’s strong advocacy for animals has been the driving force behind many of our hundreds of successful adoption stories. Sharon is a founding board member of FFAR and a current Paw’s Ability member.  Previously Sharon was a member of the Wilmington Dog Park Advisory Committee, board member of Carolina Canines and Paw’s Place Dog Rescue. Sharon assisted with rescue efforts following Hurricane Katrina

in Mississippi as well as local efforts in Wilmington.