MEET TEAM SOS ANIMALES!
Delaney grew up in Denver, Colorado, USA and holds a degree in interior design. She is passionate about wellbeing and holds multiple health and nutrition certifications and runs her own health coaching company, Happy Meets Healthy.
Delaney has experience in several different industries, including retail, weddings/event planning, management, catering, sales, interior design, teaching, and nutrition/life coaching.
Delaney fell in love with traveling when she was in her twenties. Her love and appreciation for other cultures persuaded her and her husband to decide to move to Nicaragua in 2017 without ever having visited before.
With every year of living in Nicaragua, Delaney’s awareness of animal neglect increased until she hit a point in November 2020 where she couldn’t watch the animals in this community be mistreated any longer without doing something about it. She began networking and communicating with the former animal relief program in the area, Ikigai Rescue and made a plan to start a new animal rescue organization from the ground up. Now we have SOS Animales Nicaragua and SOS Clinica Veterinaria!
Delaney Wray Griffin
Founder / Director
Founder / Volunteer & Intern Coordinator
Marlie comes to us from the New England region of the United States where she spent her adolescence competitively horseback riding and working in stables. However, her passion for animals extends well beyond horses and led her to pursue dual degrees in Animal Behavior and Environmental Science from the University of New England.
After graduating as number one in her program in 2018, Marlie went on to work at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in southern Maine as a seasonal biological technician. While working as a biologist, Marlie realized her passion for community outreach, which led her to accept a position at Wild Sun Rescue in Costa Rica as a Conservation Education intern. At Wild Sun, Marlie not only worked with the local community, but also spent over 50 hours a week working in the wildlife rehabilitation center.
Following a six-month stay in Costa Rica, Marlie returned to the Rachel Carson NWR to fill the position of Community Engagement Coordinator. However, Marlie deeply missed Central America and returned in January of 2020, this time to Nicaragua, where her need to be involved with helping animals led her to volunteer with Ikigai Animal Rescue. In November of 2020, Marlie and the rest of the team came together to form SOS Animales and you know the rest of the story!
Reina Moreno Arias was born in Guanacaste, Costa Rica on August 22, 1992. She grew up in Liberia, where she went to high school & continued on her education with animals.
Reina is a proud mother of her 11-year-old son, Robert, & wife to our very own Dr Roberto Rodriguez of 14 years.
She loves all animals, but especially LOVES cats! She became familiar with Nicaragua when she came with her family in 2010. She has a big heart for Nicaragua & is so happy to return to San Juan del Sur to help the animal community! You will always see Reina smiling. She is always happy and grateful for everything.
Reina Morena Arias
Manager / Groomer
Roberto Rodriguez Jacamo was born in Rivas, Nicaragua on February 21, 1980. He grew up in a neighborhood called San Francisco. At the age of 11, he moved with his parents and brothers to Costa Rica, where he continued to study. He was always passionate about animals. Since he was a child, he felt strongly about protecting and healing animals.
He returned to Nicaragua in 2010 where he began his studies at UNIAV University and graduated as a Veterinarian in 2016. After graduation, from 2016 - 2018, he opened his own veterinary clinic in San Juan del Sur. Now he is SOS Clinica Veterinaria’s new resident veterinarian & hopes to give the best for the welfare of the animals of the town of San Juan del Sur.
Roberto has a partner, Reina Moreno Arias, of 14 years; a person who is also passionate about animals. Together, they have a 10-year-old son, Robert Steve Rodriguez Jr. They are excited to have moved back to San Juan del Sur from & live in this great community with all the beautiful people.