Board Of Directors

Kirk Geiger | Founder & President

Kirk Geiger | President

Kirk rescued his first first dog at the age of ten and is a lifelong animal lover and advocate.

Since 2009 he and his wife Noelle have rescued hundreds of dogs from the streets, working with other local rescue organizations to find them all loving homes. The Pet Rescue Center in Coachella CA was usually the first stop to scan for a microchip. This is how he became friends with his rescue mentor Christine Madruga the founder of The Pet Rescue Center. Kirk would run the Center from time to time while learning
from her 20 years of saving 10,000 dogs.

When Christine retired in 2018, Kirk vowed to continue the work of saving animals in need and founded The Animal Rescue Center of California in September of 2020.

Christine Madruga | Secretary

Christine Madruga | Secretary

She had a career that spanned 21 years that ended on December 15, 2018, when Christine Madruga hung up her leash for the last time after saving and adopting over 10,000 homeless animals.  She left the Pet Rescue Center shelter in Coachella that day with a heavy heart, but looking forward to taking care of her husband and her own life.    

Growing up with dogs and cats, Christine Madruga understood the magical bond they share with us humans. Dogs comfort us when we are sick, they serve as eyes to the blind, and they bring joy to depressed and troubled souls.  They live joyfully in the moment, they have much to teach us, and greatly enhance our lives.  Christine’s summers were spent riding horses at her aunt’s home in Ventura, and she developed a love for those magnificent creatures as well. 

Christine Madruga’s career as a Vet Assistant began officially in 1976,  when young vet, Dr. Gary Homec, branched out to start his own practice at Valley Animal Clinic in 1978, Christine went with him.  She left the animal business later that year to raise a family, but was called back in 1997.

1998 was the pivotal year when Christine found her life’s purpose.  It was heartbreaking for her to witness sick and injured animals coming into the vet clinic for treatment, only having them return to county animal control afterwards.  The Coachella Valley, then as it is now, is awash in wonderful homeless dogs and cats whose only crime is not having a home.  Christine felt compelled to do something to help these homeless and helpless creatures.

Christine’s rescue was launched with four cages at the back of Valley Animal Clinic.  Eventually, she acquired a spacious property in Coachella, and The Pet Rescue Center was born.  The animals came in from overcrowded Southern California shelters where some would have been euthanized, some were unclaimed, matted and confused strays, others, had owners who were deceased or unable to care for them for a variety of reasons.  Sadly, a few were thrown over the property wall, callously discarded.  

Dan Graff | Treasurer

Dan Graff | Treasurer

Dan graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. For over 30 years he has worked in the accounting profession, primarily in construction accounting and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1997.

Over the years, Dan, and his wife Laura, have rescued several dogs and cats, many who became their own pets.

"The joy of the unconditional love provided by a being is awe inspiring and I hope to give back some of the joy I have received to the pets that are in need of a safe space."


  • Kirk Geiger Founder of The Animal Rescue Of CaliforniaKirk Geiger | Founder & President

  • Noelle Geiger Founder The Animal Rescue Center Of CaliforniaNoelle Geiger | Founder & Director of Communications

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