Kathy Kissane-Knapik, Transport Coordinator
# of Dogs: 1
Message to share: “You wish people didn’t have such a cavalier attitude towards their pets…they are not throw away items!”
Kathy got into rescue several years ago when she came across a rescue group helping the dogs from Michael Vick’s dogfighting bust. “I happened to see that a Shar Pei was passing through the area and they needed help to transport the dog. So I did it. Afterwards, I thought, ‘That was fun!'” Interested in helping on a regular basis, Kathy checked out several rescue groups and found a group who came through her area on the days and times when she could help. She sign up and now she’s hooked! “Yep, it’s the Church of the Holy Puppies every Sunday for me. I move about 5-6 dogs each Sunday. It’s just so sad, you do what you can.” Kathy drives Mobile Mutts–moving dogs from high kill shelters.
Kathy got involved with DADR when Jana asked her to foster. But it was a short foster. In just one day, the dog was adopted. “But I liked her!” Kathy said to Jana. “Well, I have her sister…” Jana replied. And so it began. Now Jade, the Cane Corso + Pit Bull mix, is a bit over a year old and has eaten about $10,000 worth of stuff. Kathy had a pit bull who passed away not long ago. “Such great dogs. I did my research when my son first brought her home”.
Kathy is sometimes disheartened, like last week when she saw a 14-year old pregnant dog dropped in a high kill shelter. “I wish I knew how to change people’s attitudes, but I don’t. We just need to do more spay/neuters.” On the bright side, “when you know that you helped a dog find the right home…you just get so happy!”
Liz Mayer, Grant Coordinator
# of Dogs: 2 Pit Bulls- Mae (a 4-year-old shelter dog) and Duke (a DADR foster fail!)
Message to share: “I’m hoping through grants that we can have a lasting impact not only on the dogs we save, but on the reputation of shelter dogs.”
Liz got into rescue after volunteering at a shelter. But, “It didn’t feel like it was enough.” Fortunately, Liz met the right people at the right time and got involved in saving dogs. She’s been a professional fundraiser for 10 years.
She has a soft spot for Pit Bulls after a love-at-first-sight moment with her parent’s big pittie. “Every day, I am saddened by what people put these dogs through, but then I look around and realize that I’m in good company trying to save them and mend their misrepresented reputation.”
As DADR’s Grant Coordinator, Liz will be researching and writing submissions to gain more funding. Liz also has an understanding and tolerant husband and a 2-year-old daughter, Addison. “She’s a dog advocate in training!”
Donna Arvia McAdams, Event Coordinator
Favorite thing: fostering dogs and watching them blossom into amazing family members. “So many of my fosters have never known love, compassion, a good meal or structure. I love seeing their pride when they learn a simple command or enjoy cuddle time with my family”.
Donna was a stay-at-home mom when she first got involved in rescue in 2012 and adopted Chaos. She started following his story and some of the other dogs in rescue. “It broke my heart hearing about the horrific conditions and treatment these precious babies went through. I needed to find something to do for myself and helping these dogs seemed like the perfect thing to do. I never knew how much I would love it; the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s all worth it. Rescue has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The dogs are truly grateful and I firmly believe they know you saved their lives.”
Donna loves the challenging dogs who need that little extra training. She also likes learning about nutrition and health for dogs. Rescue is a lifestyle for Donna and her family. “We’re always sad to see a dog go when he/she is adopted, but we know there is always another one who needs us!”
Donna looks forward to growing her rescue family by meeting many new potential adopters and fosters through Dogs Are Deserving Rescue events.
Lindsay Macdonald, Website Coordinator
# of Dogs: 1 – Molly the Adopted Pup!
Message to share: “You guys, I just LOVE dogs… especially the big block heads.”
Carol Fletcher, Photographer & Writer
# of Dogs: 1 – Charlie, the first dog she walked on the day she started volunteering at the Nashville Humane Association.
Favorite thing: “Knowing that something I love doing helps dogs get adopted”.
Carol has always adopted “used” dogs…from shelters or from the streets, but never thought of herself as a dog rescuer. Now, as she gets further into dog rescue by doing “adopt me” photos and writing newsletters, blogs and dog bios–she realizes that she’s in this for the long haul…and loves it!
Carol volunteers with a number of rescue groups, and is working on a multimedia project, documenting the lives of animal rescuers. She also is the President of The Aniplant Project, a group that supports the only government-approved animal welfare organization in Cuba. “I am honored to be helping Dogs Are Deserving Rescue and love meeting the rescuers and the rescuees!”