Meet The Staff

Paula_profile_1Paula Dietz

Capitol Canine Club Playgroup Supervisor, Trainer for C&C Pals (ODAHC’s dog training affiliate) and Wildlife Rehabilitator

Paula was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating college, she moved to the Washington, DC area where she worked for 25 years as a government relations and communications professional on energy, environmental, and natural resource policy issues. She left the political arena and followed her heart to begin a new life and career helping animals and the people who love them.

Paula had been a long-time client at ODAHC and came to work here after losing her beloved dog and cat. As a receptionist, she interacts with people and their pets, manages client paperwork, schedules appointments, answers questions, shares clients’ joys and comforts them in their sadness. As a CCC supervisor, Paula manages doggie playgroups, ensuring that all our guests have a fun and safe time with their buddies in daycare. She also helps teach C&C Pals puppy obedience training classes.

Paula loves gardening, cooking, reading – and animals! She is currently working toward achieving her certification as a professional dog trainer. She is also a Virginia-licensed wildlife rehabilitator, with many of the formerly orphaned baby squirrels she’s worked with now living in the “wilds” of her backyard and neighborhood.


Hal Edmonds

Playgroup Assistant and Caretaker

Hal EdmondsHal was born and raised in the District of Columbia, and now resides in Prince George’s County, Maryland. When he was seeking employment, he found the opportunity to be surrounded by the animals that he loves. In his daily duties, Hal gets to bathe, walk and provide playtime for dogs, clean cages, give medications and assist the staff as needed. He loves his job!

Hal has a wife, kids and grandkids, a dog, Dianna, and his Old Dominion family. These are his loved ones. His personal interest is doing his best at whatever is asked of him on any given day, even if it is just helping someone, or talking to someone. If it will help the team, then Hal is happy to do it. His greatest achievement is just knowing that he can do something that he loves to do and see his babies (the dogs).