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Episode 38 - Kim George

Kim George with Kane’s Krusade in Springfield, Massachusetts shares with us her mission to keep dogs with their families by directly addressing the root cause of surrender – economic, behavioral & tenant/insurance issues. Kane’s Krusade practices the HomeFirst model. We will also learn from Kim how Kane’s Krusade was created, what it takes to keep it going and what the future holds for them. Many of the people that they serve also volunteer with Kane’s Krusade, now that’s paying it forward!...


Episode 37 Kathy Pobloskie

Kathy Pobloskie, Director and Co-Founder of Lost Dogs of Wisconsin is committed to reuniting owners with their lost dogs. She is also a Co-Founder of Lost Dogs of America an umbrella organization that is helping other Lost Dog state groups get off the ground, with currently 35 states participating. While much of what Kathy and her team do on a daily basis depends on their memory, they also have many resources and tools they use on their website, to help the owners of lost pets be reunited.


Episode 36 - Mike McCarthy

This week we talk with Mike McCarthy about Rescue Express, an initiative of MGM Animal Foundation. With a shortage of adoptable dogs in the Pacific Northwest, his organization has been involved with taking animals from high-kill shelters in southern California & driving them north through CA, OR, WA and even into Canada to find their forever home. They have been providing animals their “freedom rides” since February 2015 & are now working to add a tractor trailer to their fleet.


Episode 35 - David Meyer

This week we talk to David Meyer, Co-Founder and CEO of, North America's largest pet adoption website. David has become a passionate advocate for the powerless lives in our society - abandoned and homeless animals. His vision was to create a tool that would not only save thousands of animal lives but would also do so in a way that was funded by companies for whom they create value, leaving private donations largely for shelters and rescues who actually care for the animals....


Episode 34 - Sean Downey - MyBuddy's Place

As a former high tech executive and longtime animal welfare volunteer and pet parent, Sean Downey knew there had to be a better way to help save animals. Americans spend over $66 billion dollars a year on their pets, yet 2.7 million enter shelters every year and over 1.4 million animals are euthanized. Rescue organizations had become one of the primary outlets for adopting and fostering animals, but they consistently lacked the necessary tools, resources and funding. Applying his...


Episode 33 - Angie Embree, Best Friends Animal Society

We talk with Angie Embree, the Chief Information Officer with Best Friends Animal Society. Angie is responsible for aligning the strategic plan for information technology with the strategic plan of the organization and in support of their Save Them All call-to-action. This involves working with all of the Best Friends staff members to help them understand how to use technology and to educate them on where technology can improve processes that contribute to saving more lives. Before...


Episode 32 - Michael Schneider

In 2014, friends Michael Schneider & Brian Orter embarked on their first rescue mission. A litter of abandoned “ditch” puppies, a Chihuahua and some mutts from North Carolina were slated to be euthanized. Springing into action, Michael and Brian rose to the occasion and volunteered their piloting skills for the last leg delivering 10 dogs so they could be adopted by loving homes. Less than a year later, with the powerful life curriculum taught at Landmark, Michael’s dream of combining his...


Episode 31 - Jeanine Foucher, Pet Net Washington

Jeanine Foucher is the Executive Director of Pet Net Washington, a family foundation in Seattle. In her role as ED, she provides leadership, vision and strategic direction to fulfill the foundation’s mission of ending the euthanasia of adoptable animals and reducing animal overpopulation in Washington State. For the past twenty years, Jeanine has been involved in philanthropy as a fundraiser, project manager, event producer, and most recently, a grant maker, she is committed to achieving...


Episode 30 - Dena Mangiamele

Dr. Dena Mangiamele, is an animal shelter and forensic veterinarian in addition to being a Best Selling Author on Amazon. She received her degree in veterinary medicine from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, earned her Master’s in Preventive Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis and she was selected as a Preventive Medicine Resident with the California Department of Health Services and a Master’s Degree in Forensic Science which she received from...


Episode 29 - Leslie Poole, Pet FBI

In this episode we talk with Leslie Poole, the Executive Director for Pet FBI, a non-profit organization that reunites lost pets with their owners. Founded in 1998, Pet FBI was one of the first web-based lost and found pet databases. Originally serving its home state of Ohio, Pet FBI currently serves the entire United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Leslie joined Pet FBI in May of 2017 when Maresa Fanelli, Pet FBI’s founder and executive director retired. Prior to joining Pet...


Episode 28 - Peter Wallerstein, Marine Animal Rescue

Peter Wallerstein first coordinated international whale protection campaigns in the icy and treacherous waters of the Bering Sea and North Atlantic Ocean. Since that time, he has facilitated over 6,500 rescues of marine animals, including a host of endangered species from Leatherback Turtles to Guadalupe fur seals. Peter has had persistent creativity in devising hands-on safe and effective techniques to rescue these animals, and his quick on-site response time in emergency situations...


Episode 27 - Part 2, Stephen Wells, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Stephen Wells is the executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Stephen founded and served for six years as the director of ALDF’s successful Animal Law Program, which provides support and resources to ALDF’s law professional and law student members. The ALDF organizes law firms across the country and coordinates pro bono opportunities for attorneys and firms to assist ALDF with its mission of protecting animals. Stephen joined the ALDF in 2000 and eventually took the leadership...


Episode 26 - Stephen Wells, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Stephen Wells is the executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Stephen founded and served for six years as the director of ALDF’s successful Animal Law Program, which provides support and resources to ALDF’s law professional and law student members. The ALDF organizes law firms across the country and coordinates pro bono opportunities for attorneys and firms to assist ALDF with its mission of protecting animals. Stephen joined the ALDF in 2000 and eventually took the leadership...


Episode 25 - Dr. Lynne Swanson, Safe Harbor Farm

Dr. Lynne is the person responsible for the routines and policies that make Safe Harbor Farm K9 Rescue & Rehabilitation Center, in coastal North Carolina, a notably peaceful, supportive and fun place to be a dog in transition. Her background includes work as a veterinarian, veterinary technician, trainer, shelter worker and long-time rescuer, she has spent most of her fifty-plus years living and working with groups of twenty to forty dogs at a time. Dr. Lynne's first book, "Learning DOG,"...


Episode 24 - Melissa Tedrowe, Wisconsin State Director, The HSUS

Melissa Tedrowe is the Wisconsin State Director at The Humane Society of the United States. In addition to her countless hours volunteering at local humane societies, Melissa helped launch the Four Lakes Wildlife Center in Madison, Wisconsin, and she served as the President of Wisconsin's Alliance for Animals organization. With The HSUS, she now works on a wide variety of issues to help animals in Wisconsin. Melissa talks about what The HSUS does, how she is involved, how she started our...


Episode 23 - Erica Bishaf, PetGotchaDay

We talk with Erica Bishaf, the founder of PetGotchaDay. Erica lives in Chicago, Illinois with her two dogs, Einstein and Ashley. Erica has been an active volunteer at various animal shelters throughout the Chicagoland area since 2002. PetGotchaDay partners with shelters and rescues across the nation to introduce people to adoptable pets. PetGotchaDay exists to increase pet adoptions and reduce the incidence of euthanasia nationwide through empowering animal welfare organizations with...


Episode 22 - India Le Marinel, Hope for the Animals

In this episode we talk with India Le Marinel. Originally from the UK, India has traveled and lived all over the world. She grew up surrounded by pets and has always been very passionate about animal welfare. After studying for a bachelor of science degree in Conservation Biology at The University of Aberdeen, India decided to travel on her own to explore the world, volunteering on various marine conservation and animal projects throughout her travels. Her travel took her to Guatemala...


Episode 21 - Toria Waldron, Equine Medical Director

We talk with Dr. Toria Waldron who is an Equine and Small Animal Veterinarian. She is currently the Equine Medical Director at Badger Veterinary Hospital located in Janesville, Cambridge & Beloit, WI. Toria completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota in 2008 and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She focused her career in equine medicine and surgery interning at the Tennessee...


Episode 20 - Shaun Sears, Canopy Cat Rescue

We talk with Shaun Sears who is a certified Arborist, and a professional mountain guide. He has loved animals since as long as he can remember. Shaun was five years old when he adopted his first kitten. Currently, he has two feral rescue cats, Medi and Gari, that he has cared for since they were young. He also has two dogs that are his best friends. Shaun created Canopy Cat Rescue in 2009 where they rescue cats stuck in trees, any time, day or night. Shaun loves climbing trees and helping...


Episode 19 - Arielle Wait, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue

Arielle Wait is the Deputy Director for Lucky Dog Animal Rescue and manages all of Lucky Dog's adoption, volunteer and animal care programs. Arielle's work with Lucky Dog began, as many volunteers do, as a handler at adoption events. She quickly became more involved, fostering dogs, coordinating adoptions and even coordinating adoption events. She was first hired to serve as Lucky Dog's Event Team Lead before being promoted to Program Manager and now the Deputy Director. Listen as she...


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