There is much to do in the Susy Utzinger Animal Welfare Foundation

The team of 5 part-time employees has to cope with a whole mountain of animal welfare work at the SUST office.

Optimization of animal shelters at home and abroad

In order to optimize an animal shelter and to bring it on the way of professional animal assistance, usually years of cooperation and active company are necessary. Sometimes the experts of the Susy Utzinger Animal Welfare Foundation organize a complete rebuilding of an animal shelter, they provide first aid for animals, train experts and carry out neutering and aid campaigns. Negotiations with the authorities and education of the population are also part of such missions.

Information leaflets and brochures for animal lovers and pet owners

Our leaflets are very popular, are often described in the press and often requested by animal lovers and owners. Writing such brochures and making them available to pet owners is one of the many tasks of the SUST office.

Collection of material: Reception and distribution of animal welfare material

In some cases, we can deliver whole truckloads of urgently needed animal utensils as well as pallet-wise animal food to various animal welfare institutions at home and abroad. We also reorganise and pass on technical equipment such as telephones, computers, faxes and material donations such as vacuum cleaners, washing machines as well as cleaning agents and detergents help in large steps.

Animal welfare consulting for animal welfare organisations or private individuals active in animal welfare / Assistance in the development of animal welfare projects

Of course, with the animal utensils from our material collection campaign not only simple materials change their owners, but also an infinite amount of expertise. Each time the material is handed over, the conditions in the individual homes and the status of the various projects were discussed anew and the best ways and solutions for the future were sought together.
Negotiations with authorities, ways out of disputes with neighbours, strategies for informing the population, plans for buildings and conversions of animal shelters, the improvement of animal welfare, possibilities for lower care and treatment costs, the use of volunteers and much more are looked for, discussed and fortunately also found in our foundation on a daily basis.

Individual animal welfare cases

Every day we receive phone calls, letters and e-mails from private individuals asking for help with a pet problem. Wherever possible, we will answer these requests in detail. Often, however, a "remote diagnosis" of the problem is not possible and we help the person seeking advice by providing specialist addresses. Neutering campaigns and/or the capture and neutering of individual feral cats are also included in the category "individual animal welfare cases". Here we organize the capture of the animals and take over the neutering costs for the animals.

Broad information on topics relevant to animal welfare by the media

The important media and information campaigns of SUST concerning animal welfare topics regularly meet with great interest. In addition to various TV and radio interviews, SUST's animal welfare reports and statements can also be found in print and online media.



Corinne Frana

Project Manager

Corinne Frana joined the SUST in June 2016. As a project manager she supervises projects in Switzerland and abroad, is in charge of working days and weekly assignments abroad, is responsible for the care of the Orphan Animal Hospitals and the distance adoption sponsorship programs at the shelter Help Labus in Galati, Romania and the shelter Bluemoon Animal Center in Hurghada, Egypt and much more.

After a career in the private sector, where she led a team and spent a lot of time as an Export Sales Manager, she decided to follow her heart and put her professional life at the service of the animals.  

Since her first day of life, animals have accompanied Corinne's life. It is therefore not surprising that she has already taken injured animals during childhood and that animal welfare has gained increasing importance.

Corinne loves Norway and travels around the country again and again. She follows world events and is interested in history. She also enjoys watching football matches she adores here three dogs and three cats.


Lisa Volkart

Administrative employee

In the office of an animal welfare foundation there is an incredible amount of work to be done: answering e-mails and letters, taking telephone calls, preparing and handling mailings, looking after websites and social networks, coordinating neutering campaigns, writing thank you notes, obtaining quotations, preparing printed matter and media relations are just some of the tasks assigned to the admin. team of SUST.

After seven years as SUST warehouse manager, Lisa Volkart changed her job and has been strengthening the office team since 2017 with her skills.
Growing up on a farm, she was born with a love for animals. To this day dogs enrich t her life. For some years now, chinchillas and exotics have also become her passion. A life without animals would be inconceivable to them.

She loves motorcycling and herr hobby is social activities for a Nepalese children's charity. A road trip on Route 66 and a trip to Nepal are her dream.


Maja Spichtig


Passionate summit climber with blood group ''debit+credit'' (Rh positive)
has reached the 'Piz SUST' in July 2023.

"Impossible" is just an opinion! Reaching for the stars (or clouds) is always worthwhile.
That's why Maja Spichtig is now unpacking her rich experience backpack to support the SUST team. She takes care of the financial matters in the area of accounts payable.
It is not her first animal welfare job. Maja Spichtig was already an administrative employee of the former animal ambulance under the former management of Susy Utzinger. After a varied professional career, she returns to this in the meantime far advanced environment.
The number-cruncher is accompanied by dog and cat through thick and thin. She owes them insights into life which are not taught in any classroom and only with such tireless patience.



Myrto Joannidis

Communication & Fundraising, Information & Education

Myrto Joannidis has been supporting the SUST team in communications since January 2022.

Her passion for storytelling has accompanied Myrto all her life as a former singer of the Swiss band Subzonic, as a radio presenter and on-air promoter. One of her favourite animals are sponges - an innate portion of gwunder and the joy of soaking up and filtering everything probably connects her to this species ;)

Myrto draws inspiration and energy from spending a lot of time outdoors - whether on horseback, on a bike, in a vintage car or on foot - the main thing is movement, both emotional and physical.

Myrto is her on the far left of the picture ;)

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Nicole Amigo

Employee food aid / animal shelter support

Nicole Amigo has been supporting the SUST team since January 2022.
She is in charge for the food aid and shelter support and also participates in animal welfare missions abroad.
Originally a trained geomatics engineer, she decided around 10 years ago to dedicate her life to animals in need. As a trained animal keeper, she has already worked in various rescue centres in Switzerland and Romania.
Her two faithful companions accompany her on her way. In her free time she enjoys visiting the most beautiful spots in Switzerland and capturing the great moments in a photo.


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Regula Bieri

Administrative employee

The office of an animal welfare foundation has a lot of work to do: answering e-mails and letters, taking telephone calls, preparing and handling mailings, managing websites and social networks, coordinating neutering campaigns, writing thank you notes, getting quotes, preparing printed matter and media relations are just some of the tasks assigned to the admin team of SUST. Regula has been a member of this team since February 2008.

Animals have always played an important role in her life and without a faithful four-legged friend at her side, she can no longer imagine her everyday life. For more than 20 years, various pets have enriched her life and let her gain valuable new experiences every day.

Besides everything that has fur or feathers, photography and reading are her greatest passions.


Susy Utzinger

Managing Director

Susy Utzinger, born in 1969, has been actively working for decades for the protection of animals, especially in the domestic animal and pet sector. For fifteen years, she managed national animal rescue organisations and their emergency centres, drove animal rescue vehicles and built up two Swiss animal shelters. As a freelance journalist and animal photographer, she regularly publishes papers on topics relevant to animal welfare in various Swiss and German media and also regularly gives lectures. In 1993, the committed animal welfare activist was awarded the animal welfare prize of the Elisabeth Rentschler Foundation, and over the years she has received further animal welfare prizes and awards from various countries.

In 1993 she also completed an ethology internship at Wolf-Park in Indiana (USA). Various specialist courses and advanced training courses followed. In 1996 Susy Utzinger completed a two-year study as an animal psychology consultant at I. E. T. in Hirzel. After the foundation of the Zurich-based organisation "TierRettungsDienst - Leben hat Vortritt", the foundation Susy Utzinger Stiftung für Tierschutz (SUST) was founded in 2000 with which she promotes itensified the quality of animal welfare projects in Switzerland and abroad.

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