Meet the
CiMAR Team

  1. Kerri Bonacci
    Kerri Bonacci
    Executive Director/President
    Kerri had a dream most of her life to start a rescue. With heart, determination and some help from her family, that dream has become a reality. Kerri grew up loving animals. Her parents were always saving strays and rescues. Kerri comes by her deep compassion for saving honestly. In 2012 Kerri started fostering with Austin Boxer Rescue. Her first foster was Nanny and the number grew from there. To date, Kerri (along with her husband, Tony) has fostered 39 dogs. This includes the newest rescues and CiMAR'€™s first dogs, Ellie Mae and her brood of eight puppies. Kerri has also given her time and love to San Antonio Pets Alive! And Pflugerville Pets Alive!, where she resided on the board. Kerri is by trade a pharmacist and serves as the Medical Liaison for SAPA fosters in Austin as well as the administrator of some of the required shots each animal receives upon intake in CiMAR. Kerri has finally founded her dream, "€œCuz i Matter"€ Animal Rescue and not a dog or cat too soon.
  2. Tony Bonacci
    Tony Bonacci
    Foster Director/Vice President
    Tony comes to "€œCuz i Matter"€ Animal Rescue as the other half of team Bonacci. Tony'€™s love of animals has been evident throughout his life. He was the loving dad to his own felines before meeting his now wife, Kerri. Tony is the grounding force that has helped Kerri move full force into starting a rescue that gives animals a voice to say "€œi matter!"€ Tony'€™s background and interest in computers brings a variety of skills to the table for CiMAR. From setting up groups, developing organization agreements and forms to photographing all those fuzzy faces for their shining moments online, Tony is tireless in his dedication to all the residents of the CiMAR family. Together, Kerri and Tony are the foster directors responsible for recruiting special participants to act as temporary guardians for dogs and cats before finding their forever homes. Tony and Kerri make sure all dogs get matched up to the best temporary home and get to local adoption events if staying in Texas. Tony and Kerri also ensure all the animals get their required vaccinations, spay/neuter and a safe home to rest before being screened for local adoption or traveling North to a forever home.
  3. Donna Hopson
    Donna Hopson
    Treasurer
    Donna comes to "Cuz i Matter” Animal Rescue because of her love of animals and her desire to help those that cannot help themselves. It has always been her dream to be able to provide a safe haven for all fur babies in need and be able to provide them with loving, caring forever homes. She has been mom to many fur babies throughout her life as well as a foster mom and a “foster failure”. Her friends say that they all want to come back in their second life as one of her fur babies. Donna brings with her 20+ years of professional experience in accounting, audit, tax and project management, and is also a licensed CPA.
  4. Traci Fowler
    Traci Fowler
    Secretary
    Traci comes to "cuz I matter" because of her love of animals and passion to be their voice. She firmly believes adoption is the best option and has rescued animals her entire life. She's been both a foster mom and a "foster failure", and currently has 3 dogs who rescued her. She is also the human half of a certified pet therapy team that promotes the well being and emotional support through the animal-human bond. Professionally, Traci brings 20+ years experience in the financial services industry in the areas of project management and strategic planning.