Meet the 2017 Volunteers

 

Adele is the President of Almost Home Rescue and has been with AHR since it’s beginning in 2005.  She was instrumental in helping to get AHR up and running.  Adele and her husband, Ron, live in Southern Maine and enjoy the company of  Lucy a 16 year old Treeing Walker Coonhound rescued from Ohio; Lili a 12 year old Lemon Beagle rescued from Kentucky and Max a 6 yr old Bichon Frise who was a local surrender.  Adele is a retired a Paramedic/Firefighter and works part time as an Animal Control Officer.  She  also volunteers on the Cumberland County Animal Response Team, along with The State of Maine Animal Resource Team. Ron and Adele, along with the pack have fostered over 40 dogs throughout the years.

Karen has been volunteering for Almost Home since 2008.  She is the current Vice President and also helps as an adoption coordinator.   In the past she has volunteered as AHR’s Logistics Coordinator and an Adoption Coordinator for the ARF of Ms, Madison Ark, Lone Pine, Wolf Pond, and Wynne shelters. She also volunteers at transports, doing home visits, and an adoption event once in awhile too. Karen has fostered over 70 dogs for AHR.  She is the mother to two children and lives in So NH with her Levi, a boxer mix, from Arkansas whom she adopted thru Almost Home Rescue in 2008, her pit mix “granddog” Willow” an AHR rescue from Alabama,  and Otis, a little border terrier mix from West Virginia that she adopted thru AHR in 2014.

Margaret lives in Portland with her four beloved dogs – three of them adopted from Almost Home – 5 year old yellow lab, Mack, who she rescued from a neglect situation three years ago, as well as Mabel, Liberty and Duchess! Margaret is an investment professional with RBC Wealth Management in Portland . She began fostering for Almost Home Rescue in July of 2013. Margaret says that providing the dogs with a loving home while they wait for their forever families has proven to be one of the most rewarding experiences she has ever had. In addition to fostering, Margaret is the AHR treasurer and is now in charge of development, coordinates adoption events, does home visits and helps with transport.

patty-fred-and-abby1Patty is our Foster Coordinator.  She has the craziest volunteer job that anyone could have in dog rescue.  Patty is constantly placing dogs into foster homes and is always looking for foster homes.  She has logistics down to a science and knows all of our foster homes personally. Patty lives in Southern Maine and has two rescue dogs of her own.

IMG_20160611_194032 (1)Betty is a part-time bookkeeper and amateur genealogist.  She is married with one daughter who is a teacher.  Betty and her husband have three dogs, Phoebe, Ditto & Camry (all little guys). Betty is the Secretary for Almost Home Rescue and her time is spent keeping the records of the rescue, all the vetting and transport  paperwork, entering the dogs information in our database and keeping all adoption information when our dogs are adopted.  Betty also prepares and files the health certificates with the states of Maine and New Hampshire and sends out the our thank you letters for donations received.  Betty works quietly behind the scenes, but without her diligent records, we would be lost.

MartieMartie is one of  AHR’s Adoption Coordinators.  She has been a volunteer with Almost Home since 2007.  She is currently coordinating the DeQueen Rescue in Arkansas and monitoring HSSC, Wynne, Lone Pine, Southern Pines and Hub City.  She lives on Mount Desert Island with her patient & supportive spouse, a pack of cats (who are very good at teaching dogs how to be polite to feline roommates), and usually a couple of foster dogs.

Nylah picNylah is also an Adoption Coordinator. She is currently coordinating for the Wolf Pond Sanctuary and used to be the RRofMS coordinator. Nylah was introduced to Almost Home Rescue when she adopted Comet, a Lab/Airedale mix, in 2011. A year later, she fostered Elvis (now Hitch), a Border Collie cross, for about a week before deciding to make him a permanent member of her pack. Since then, she has fostered dozens of dogs, both short and long-term.

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Sayre adopted her first dog through AHR in 2014 and fell in love with the process, she’s been volunteering for AHR since late that year. She’s fostered, done home visits, and as of recently has become the adoption coordinator for the local surrenders account. 
heather-and-hollyHeather is the logistics coordinator for AHR and handles the very busy Rescue Revolution account. Heather moved to Maine a year ago from upstate NY, where she was involved in dog rescue for 10 years. Looking to continue this passion, she found AHR and absolutely loved their mission and what they do. Heather has fostered many dogs over the years, and especially loves the seniors and those in need of extra TLC. She is owned by a lazy 11 year old hound mix named Pablo (foster failure) and a fairly active 8 year old cat named Freya. Shown is a picture of Heather with her first AHR foster, Holly, after her bath!
grew up with a Boxer named King and that started her on the path of being a dog lover.   Jeannie jokes about being an extrovert, but uses those skills while working events or fundraisers.  Helping dogs in need, working with fellow rescuers, making new friends (2 and 4 legged) and giving back is what it is all about. Jeannie is involved with other rescues, the Animal Refuge League, as well as AHR.  Jeannie lives in Buxton with her family including her AHR rescue boy Kirby (seen in picture on his pick up day), and Jamaica the “Diva” Boxer girl.  Kirby was adopted in the fall of 2007 and quickly stole our hearts. He is a total mama’s boy and just loves the ladies! In the summer of 2007 the Buxton Puppy Mill Seizure occurred.  This began Jeannie’s volunteer efforts to help dogs in need.  She tells people she has found her niche and that there is nothing like a rescue dog to feed your soul.Jeannie is our Volunteer Coordinator and Co-Event Coordinator. Jeannie also volunteers with transports, home visits, adoption events, fundraising and an occasional foster.  She adopted Kirby, her first AHR rescue in 2006 and recently adopted Liam, now Jasper in the fall of 2016. Jeannie has been very active in rescue prior to joining AHR and has  been a AHR volunteer for a few years but a supporter since 2006.  Besides helping dogs find their forever homes Jeannie enjoys meeting new people and making new friends. Jeannie lives in Bar Mills with her husband and her two AHR rescues.  She is retired and is thankful to be a part of the AHR team to help enjoy her retirement.
 MCarmie and Bubbaeet Carmie and Bubba!  Here is how she describes herself: I have always been an animal lover. I fell in love with (and eventually adopted) my first foster, Bubba, and my life has never been the same! How could it be when he has a face that cute? I’ve only been volunteering  getting veterinarian and LL references for applicants and am glad to help any way I can!
Margo1Margo lives in Midcoast Maine (South Waldoboro) with her husband, Bruce, and their five AHR dogs.  A former R.N. and business owner, she loves doing the vet references and landlord checks, along with Carmie, because she can volunteer from home in her pajamas!  Their three grown sons are also dog rescuers/adopters in other states.
She tells them not to fight it…it’s genetic! She also does midcoast home visits and adoption events when able.  It’s all about the dogs!
FullSizeRender (2) (1)Heather has been fostering for Almost Home Rescue for about 6 years now. She and her husband had one dog at the time they started, their black lab Winnie. With Winnie’s great nature and personality they decided to try their hand at it knowing that she would show the dogs her good behavior traits. And, we have loved every minute of it since. Heather and her husband both work and live in Eliot. They have four furry kiddos of their own now, 2 of which were adopted from AHR.  Their dogs go just about everywhere with them, especially camping and boating!
Kim StoreyKim as been fostering for AHR with the help of her family and her dedicated staff at Charlies Friends since 2013. I was first approached to foster Gracie by a previous employee who understood my love of all animals but especially dogs.  Gracie was in another foster home and although she was greatly loved it was not working out.  We took Gracie in and have not stopped fostering since.  My daughter Nikolle tried to create collage of all the dogs we have fostered but could not get them all on one collage.  I love working with the dogs who need some socialization with both people and other dogs.  To see these dogs come out of their shells and trust is very rewarding and inspiring!  Currently I have four pups, one of which was originally a foster.  I also have two long term fosters Emma and Dodge who are definitely a part of the pack at Charlies Friends!
Amy is a resident of Bowdoinham along with a menagerie of pets and her partner Denise.  Amy is a veterinarian and owns Topsham Veterinary Wellness Center in Topsham, Maine.  She is happy to see newly adopted pets from Almost Home Rescue for their free first exams.  She has also helped with some of the medical concerns of foster pets while they wait for their forever homes.  It is a rewarding experience for Amy and Denise to be part of the AHR foster program as they wait patiently to find their own future puppy.  The foster dogs that stay with them also have lots of exposure to people and other pets since they come to her veterinary office with Amy every day.

missyMissy has been with the rescue since 2009 and  lives in southern Maine with her husband, three daughters, and her four fur babies.  Three of which are Almost Home Rescue alumni!  She believes fostering has been a huge part of teaching her children about compassion and hope for animals and will always have rescue as part of normal family life. Her favorite dogs to foster are the shy and timid ones.  “One of the greatest rewards in fostering is seeing the walls come down and seeing the happiness emerge from the dogs eyes…it’s rewarding beyond words to me.”  Her latest adoption is sweet Livvy from Mississippi who holds a special place in all of our hearts.  Missy has worked as a dental hygienist in Scarborough area for the last 20 years and  enjoys activities with her family.

 

Bonnie currently lives in Southern Maine, has been with Almost Home Rescue since 2006. She is a past president and is currently fostering and helping with transports for Almost Home Rescue.  Bonnie has done every job that AHR has throughout her years of service.

Tracy picTracy is a lifelong animal lover and started volunteering with AHR in December of 2014 after losing her beloved Cy and Raven in 2013 & 2014.  Although she didn’t feel that she was ready for another dog of her own, she felt that she could no longer sit on the sidelines and do nothing when so many wonderful dogs were in need.  Since then Tracy has fostered over a dozen dogs and adopted two of her fosters, Grace and Busy Bee.  She also helps us by doing home visits for potential adopters and new fosters families in the Southern Maine area and participates in the transport between North Hampton, NH and Scarborough, ME. Tracy is a registered dietitian and outdoor enthusiast.  She lives in South Portland, ME.  with her canine and feline family.

 

Cathy Volunteer pic Cathy has been fostering for Almost Home since 2012, and has loved dogs since she was a child. She lives in midcoast Maine and is a lifelong “summer person,” originally from New York City. She had four rescue “beagladors” over the past 20 years, but currently has no pets and lives alone. This makes her home ideal for those dogs who need a quiet environment and one-on-one attention. Cathy also does home visits and helps with transport. She has a special interest in rehabilitating dogs with behavioral issues and has taken several of her foster dogs to training classes. Here she’s pictured with long-time foster Gus (left), who found his forever home, and Blue, who is still looking.

 

Jill and Alan HallAlan & Jill have 3 kids & many furry critters.  This is from Jill: We run a auto repair shop together in our hometown in Maine. We do almost everything as a team. My passion for rescue started as far back as I can remember. I would rescue strays on my way to school, birds, cats… I even had a pet squirrel that slept with me! In 2012 when we lost our 2 beloved pets with in a week of each other, I knew I wanted to foster. Alan was on a motorcycle trip, I called him & he didn’t hesitate. So 2 days later we had our first foster, Mozie (Holy Moly) and we haven’t stopped since.

 

kate and max2Kate has always had a passion for dogs since she was a little girl. Her father was a Maine State Trooper, so they had German Shepherds growing up. She  discovered her true passion for dogs and dog rescue when she brought her first dog Pudge into her home. Sadly Pudge passed and she found the house empty without a fur baby, so she rescued her first puppy, Maximus in 2010. He was bred poorly and needed a lot of medical treatment, which led to her looking more into rescuing and saving other dogs.  She works full time for two optometrists doing medical billing from home. She joined Almost Home in 2014. She finds volunteering with Almost Home such a rewarding experience,as she gets to help dogs find loving homes and also has met many wonderful people. She currently does adoption events for the rescue as well as home visits. When not working or volunteering, you can find her spending time with family or enjoying the outdoors with Maximus.

karl-and-calliKarl and his wife, Calli, began fostering for Almost Home Rescue in 2013 after adopting from us in 2012. In addition to fostering, Karl has participated in adoption events and done home visits.  He is the former coordinator for all of our local rescues. And he and Calli are former Co-Adoption Coordinators for one of our partner shelters, Animal Haven.  Karl and Callie have just added a new addition to their home … a new baby girl!

 

 

Gina began volunteeringg for AHR after adopting Tucker in April 2009. She decided since she couldn’t adopt every pup needing a home, she could at least help them find a forever home.  Gina has worked quietly behind the scenes with Carmie confirming references for vets and landlords for all adoption applications and she still fills in from time to time.

 

 

 

Kiersten lives in Gray, Maine. She has a long history of working in Marketing & Event Planning (her last position was VP of Marketing for the Portland Pirates and before that, The New Yorker magazine in NYC). Kiersten is a life-long dog lover and husky (among others) owner. She adopted a Siberian Husky, Pepper, from AHR in 2009 and has been volunteering with AHR since. She adopted her second dog (also a Husky mix) from AHR a couple of years ago.  She also does creative work for the organization when she can. Kiersten has done some short term fostering, too, and she loves staying in touch with the wonderful families of her past guests.

 

ChelseaChelsea has been volunteering for AHR since 2014 as a foster.  From a young age she has always been intrigued by animals. When she was little she expressed her concern for animals (both domestic and wild) through writing and art. She grew up in Florida and moved to Maine to attend Unity College. After completing her B.S. in Wildlife Conservation she has worked with a variety of conservation programs and wildlife species throughout the country, including: shorebirds, seabirds, wolf-dog hybrids, Red wolves, Mexican gray wolves, raptors, loons, raccoon, foxes, deer, and bats. Currently, she is the owner of Peace and Unity Pet Care in addition to working as a wildlife biologist and rehabilitator. In between field jobs, Chelsea runs the conservation based non-profit, Balloons Blow, and volunteers for several other organizations in addition to AHR including the Maine Wolf Coalition, Cote’s Wildlife Center, and the Waterville Humane Society. She lives in Unity with her partner, Phelan, a drummer/musician who assists her with the care and training of foster dogs. 

 

MonaMona was born and raised in E. Machias, ME.  She moved to the Augusta ME area after high school and has been there since.  Mona is semi-retired works at Hannaford part-time.  She love to travel the U.S.  National Parks.  Mona started fostering dogs in Feb 20, 2015 and kittens in April of that same year.  She says that she absolutely loves it!

 

Sandra JoySandy started doing home visits in the Bangor area after adopting her cute little Terrier mix, Pip, from Almost Home Rescue in November 2006.  Sadly, in April 2015, kidney failure took Pip across the Rainbow Bridge.   Since 1979, Sandy has ONLY adopted from shelters and rescues, and as you can see by her picture, doesn’t limit her love to just rescue dogs!  In the past 33 years, Sandy has cared for six rescue dogs,  4 Amazon Parrots,  a pony named Ricky and a Connemara Pony named Charity.  As a single parent – whose son is a junior at Harvard –  Sandy made sure to teach the values of love and compassion for all creatures.

Judy relocated to Windham, Maine from Memphis in 1996. She became a real estate broker in 1998, and decided to stay and put down roots. A single mom, her sons are 34 and 32 and live in Nashville and Los Angeles. Judy lives with a 12 year old adopted Akita, named Marvin who came from a Memphis high kill shelter, but is a lab in an Akita suit.  Judy also found an abandoned red tabby cat in 2008 in Portland. She was going to re home Mr. Lucky, but he charmed his way into her home and has been there ever since! He went from the crack house to the lake house! He is quite the guy and the first cat Judy has had since childhood! Judy loves doing home visits and public relations projects for Almost Home.  Judy says, “I try to keep in touch with former home visit families and their stories of rescue are what drive me.”

 

Kim lives in Southern Maine with her husband Todd, and their four rescue dogs. Kim began volunteering with Almost Home in 2009 as a foster and since then has done home visits, transportation, adoption coordination, events and as the foster resource handling medications for all our dogs in foster care. Kim and Todd started their relationship with Almost Home when they adopted Ozzie from the Lone Pine Shelter in 2008 and have adopted Fern from Wynne and Gus a cross post from Calais.

 

 

 

Tia grew up with dogs, and back when dogs ran free, hers were a constant companion and inspiration to take daily explorations through the nearby woods and fields. As a professional, Tia worked for over three decades in environmental advocacy and experiential education, and specialized in coyote studies. She has also worked extensively in organic gardening and farming. She has worked at the University of New England for the past 15 years, currently as Director of the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office. She is a lifelong contributor to animal rescue and environmental organizations. Tia discovered AHR when she was looking for a companion for her dog. She was thrilled to discover that AHR had volunteer positions too.  Sebago and Loki are the best of friends and brothers, and rain, sun, or snow, Tia, Sebago and Loki take daily long walks through the local trails, woods and fields.

Mark Mayberry Mark Mayberry has been volunteering with Almost Home Rescue since 2006. Mark helps in many ways – he does home visits for prospective adopters, he attends adoption events, he stores and relocates our humane trap when needed, and most importantly he provides a wonderful foster home! Mark always steps up to foster if it means that a dog may be left behind. Mark loves all dogs, but especially beagles. He is also a foster volunteer for Tall Tails Beagle Rescue! Mark is currently fostering Sparrow and Piper for AHR and has recently adopted Emma, a senior beagle he began fostering several months ago when she was surrendered because her elderly owner could no longer care for her. She has become a member of Mark’s pack and is a very lucky lady to spend her golden years with Mark.

 

 

Steph has been a part of Almost Home since 2007.  Over the years, she and her family have fostered many Almost Home dogs.  Steph held the position of Secretary in 2008 and 2009, and has been coordinating adoptions since 2011. Her own dogs include Little Bit, a beagle, and Lacy, a doxie/shepherd AHR alum adopted in 2007.  Her favorite things about rescue are watching dogs get off the truck in New England, getting updates from adopters, and passing on those updates to her fellow rescuers!  Pictured with Steph is Solomon (now Jack), an alumni of AHR via Southern Pines Animal Shelter

AshleyAshley discovered her passion for dogs and dog rescue when she adopted her first dog, Ruby in 2014. She lost her tragically after four months and then rescued her current dog, Roxy shortly after. And she’s accepted her role as a crazy dog lady with pride. She works full time for an optometrist doing medical billing and owns her own photography business, Magnolia Grace Photography. She joined Almost Home in 2016. She finds volunteering with Almost Home such a rewarding experience, to unite dogs with their fur-ever families. She currently does home visits for the rescue, as well as photographing events.  When not working or volunteering, you can find her and Roxy at the local dog park.

FaithMy name is Faith and I am a life-long Mainer, retired now, have an MSW and worked in child welfare for many years. When my husband died, I was lonely in our house and adopted a puppy from Louisiana who had been very neglected and had not been socialized to people. I so wanted her to be happy that I adopted another dog, this time from AHR, so she would have a friend. Wow! What a change for us all– and the beginning of a wonderful new chapter in my life and theirs. We have been together for ten years now, and I want to help others know the joy I have found in the companionship of dogs.