Our mission is to help every animal live the life they deserve.

About Traveling Paws

Recent studies show roughly 6.5 million animals enter shelters each year, of which nearly 1.5 million are euthanized. Traveling Paws found this number so alarming we could not stand idly by. Instead, we aim to be the solution by relocating animals in kill shelters to adoption facilities across the West Coast where they can be safely adopted and live a quality life. We believe every animal deserves to find their forever home.

Meet the Team

Colton Rhodes

Founder, CEO

Colton is a senior at Arizona State University where he will graduate this Spring with a degree in Business Administration. In addition to being a business student, he is a professional pilot. Growing up on a farm full of animals, Colton quickly developed a love for all pets. His passion transpired into a desire to make an impact on the lives of all animals. Through the creation of Traveling Paws he plans to serve the community and offer a promising future to his furry friends. Colton currently has two rescue dogs of his own, Murray and Dexter, along with the many other animals just passing through on the way to their forever home.

Sam Rhodes

TNR Director & Specialist

Samantha Rhodes joins Traveling Paws after working with Best Friends Animal Society as a TNR Specialist for 3 years. Her love and passion extends past being a mother to her children, as she dedicates nearly every free moment she has to helping all animals in need. Over the past 4 years, she has helped hold clinics, spread awareness, and raise money to help several furry friends. In addition to her busy TNR schedule, Sam has fostered a number of animals and helped countless find their forever homes! She has 2 dogs and 5 cats, all of which she rescued and bottle-fed on her own.

Rob Ivy

Director of Business Development

Rob brings years of valuable experience in marketing, sales and design to the Traveling Paws team. He was also an integral part in helping create and manage buisness processes for several start up companies. Rob grew up with many pets and quickly developed a love for animals. Currently, has two dogs; Luna a scruffy poodle mix and Zoey, a gentle husky who was rescued from the streets by Traveling Paws.

Pam Norton


Pamela Norton was a legal secretary for 20 years at an entertainment boutique law firm. She now works in the front office of an elementary school, as it gives her more flexibility and free time for her twins, her 2 dogs, and 2 cats. Pam was born with a passion for animals, as a child she preferred stuffed animals over dolls. Once she was old enough to take care of her own pets, she replaced her stuffed animals with a mixed breed rescue dog. Since then, Pam has not gone a day without a pet, or four, by her side.

Dan Anderson


Daniel Anderson graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA degree in Business and a Masters in International Finance. After college, he quickly established himself as a leading business professional. Dan worked as the Senior Vice President at the finance company he created for McDonnell Douglas, which he would continue to run after a Boeing merger in 1996. In retirement, Dan enjoys spending time with his family, going to USC football games, and meeting up with his long time friends. Along with an avid love for horses, he has a cat named Ms. Jefferson.

Morten Eide

Travel Coordinator, Professional Pilot

Born and raised in Norway, Captain Morten Eide began his professional flight career in Europe before moving to the United States. Known by his colleges as "The Viking," he now flies as the Chief Pilot for a corporate company throughout North America. When he's not flying Morten enjoys skiing, playing Call of Duty, and walking his four dogs, Bobby, Maya, Mia, and Molly.