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Planned PEThood’s founders are Elizabeth Burgner and Lynette Crane Purves. 

Elizabeth Burgner - Director

Elizabeth Burgner has 18 years of experience in companion animal rescue, including six years as President or Vice-President of CARL, an all-breed rescue group.  Following over 20 years of broad Office, Customer Service, and Account Management experience, including the successful start-up of a new department for a large international corporation, Elizabeth took a position in 2004 as Clinic Manager for a local non-profit Spay/Neuter clinic.  In this position, Elizabeth gained invaluable experience in the day-to-day operation and long-term planning involved in running a non-profit veterinary practice, and is now utilizing this experience to broaden the low-cost options offered to the Metro Atlanta area.

Lynette Crane-Purves - Director

Lynette Crane-Purves has over ten years of experience in dog and cat rescue and over six years on the board of CARL, an all-breed rescue group. Lynette also has over ten years of management experience in Customer Service and Medical Sales Administration specializing in stream-lining processes and implementation of new systems and procedures. 

Together, as founding members of CARL, an all breed rescue group, Lynette and Elizabeth have brought professionalism and a customer service philosophy to the group, treating potential adopters and the public in general as “customers” and running the non-profit organization like a business which needs to maintain its public image in order to rely on referrals and reputation for future adoptions and donations.  Since the beginning of their relationship as co-workers nearly 20 years ago, they have proven their compatibility in business and rescue, and they share a life goal of reducing the number of pets dying in our shelters.

Medical Director

Planned PEThood's Medical Director is Joanna Bowyer, DVM.   Dr. Bowyer is a 1996 honor graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.  She is passionate about surgery and kitties - a good combination for feral cats!  Dr. B. is married to her high school sweetheart, John, and has seven (yes, seven) fur babies - 2 orange kitties (Cuervo & Tess), 2 orange & white kitties (Julep & Dixie), and 3 hound dogs (Karma, Kismet & Perry).  When she isn't working, she can be found out in the garden, taking pet photos, or doing agility with the dogs (and sometimes the cats!). 

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