Serving The Animals of Riverside County
Our Mission
To support the Riverside County Department of Animal Services by providing programs of public awareness, education and communication, as well as County resource support through volunteer and fundraising activities.
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About Us

The ASK Foundation was formed as a California non-profit 501(C)3 charitable organization dedicated to serving the needs of the animals in Riverside County and the mission of the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.

The ASK Foundation Board of Directors is a group of animal-loving individuals who represent the broad spectrum of animals within the county including domestic pets, service animals, livestock and wildlife, as depicted on our logo.

We come from diverse backgrounds, including wildlife preservation, livestock, companion animals, service animals, rescues, sheltering, training and behavior.

We are united by the common goals of ASK: to help ensure the compassionate and humane support of the animals of our community through public education, special programs and community outreach.

Our Board Of Directors

Carolyn Badger (President/Treasurer) had her first dog (Princess) as a child.  Princess left her mark on Carolyn's heart and inspired her commitment to helping animals. She currently has three dogs, including two rescues.

Ken Kocourek and his wife have trained service dogs for visiting patients in hospitals and convalescent homes.  He is an attorney and has been a docent with the Mission Inn Foundation.

Mike Gardner is the Ward 1 Riverside City Council Representative.  He was elected in November 2007.  Mike came to Riverside in 1971 to complete his education at UCR.  He worked in a variety of management positions at Southern California Edison for 23 years.


As a passionate animal advocate Mike has been the lead Council Member for the City of Riverside in adopting legislation for mandatory spay/neuter and microchipping of pets, promoting adoption of shelter pets and supporting Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) of feral cats when possible.

Geri Murillo is a former Dept of Animal Services Manager overseeing administrative functions, shelter care & services and animal adoption events. She has been with the county 32 years and has over 30 years of charity work experience that includes sponsorship, marketing, contract and grant writing, celebrity appearances and program development. Geri has fostered animals and currently has three pups named Puggles, Kiki and Minnie, who are all shelter rescues.