Meet the Team
My name is Lola, and I’m a very lucky girl, I have a home, a family and a mommy that loves me so much. My mum’ s name is Jackie, and sometimes she gets really busy, she tells me it’s because she is trying to help some dogs who aren’t as lucky as me, find families that will love them just like mine loves me. My mum says that some dogs are so sad, she says its because they are hurt, hungry, and homeless, and this makes her sad. My mum loves all animals but she says, I’m her special baby, which makes me really happy. My mum is something called an adoption coordinator, and she and a group of amazing ladies are with a group called T.E.A.M dog rescue and they help these sad dogs find families. I’m not sure how she does it, but sometimes she comes home smelling like other dogs, ok I’ll be honest I do get a bit jealous sometimes but I’m happy my mommy wants to help these dogs. I can’t imagine not having a family and being all alone in the world, so I forgive my mom for being busy sometimes. She says her dream is, that one day all the dogs in the world will have homes and families that love them, because that’s all a dog wants in the whole entire world is to be loved. I really hope her dream comes true!
To contact Jackie please email [email protected]
My name is Zoey. My mom Gillian is one of the Adoption Coordinators for TEAM Dog Rescue. Her job is to make sure that dogs in need find loving and committed homes. My mom has adored animals since the day she was born but her special love for dogs began when her dog Bobby was adopted from a local animal shelter. He brought so much joy into her world. Years later, she realized that she could help other homeless dogs through transporting, fostering and fundraising. This is how she met our friends at TEAM and became part of the rescue crew. My mom always tells me that dogs bring unconditional love and enjoyment to people’s lives and that’s why she is dedicated to helping dogs find furever homes. She knows they all deserve to be as loved and cared for as I am. “If you haven’t loved a dog, part of your heart hasn’t opened”.
To contact Gillian please email [email protected]
Our names are Penny and Rosie, we are sisters, and we found our Mom and our furever home after we had been living alone in the streets of rural Arizona for the first 6 months of our life. Our Mom loves dogs and apparently she was feeling a bit lonely after her son and his dog moved out of her house into their own home, so she wanted more company. She opened her door and we pranced in! We have managed to fill the lonely gap ++ and have wheedled our way into her and our Dad’s life. We have learned to go camping and hiking and all kinds of fun outdoor adventures. Our Mom was so happy with us that she wants to share her happiness and is now the Volunteer Coordinator with TEAM Dog so that others can help spread the love! Our Mom is a big sap, she cries at all the “stuff” on Facebook and just loves all animals and wants to help in whatever way she can. Mom’s goal is to encourage every person contemplating dog ownership to consider adoption before shopping!
To contact Kelly please email [email protected]
Hi! My name is Taffy but some people call me Taffy-Lou. I came from a shelter in Northern Quebec and my family adopted me, at the insistence of my mom when I was 4 months old. I turned 10 years old in January so I’ve been part of the family for a long time. I’m kind of spoiled but mom says I deserve all the love I can get because I’m an angel. As a matter of fact, mom says that every dog deserves lots of love and a good home and she recently joined T.E.A.M. as an Adoption Coordinator to try and help make this a possibility!
Mom has loved animals since she was a little girl and I now have a foster brother horse and a foster sister orangutan but they don’t live in our house though that would be cool!
When mom isn’t busy cuddling me, she plans charity events. She say it’s good to help those in need. I’m so happy that she helped with the first T.E.A.M. gala though I was heartbroken that I wasn’t invited. I saw all kinds of cool pictures and it looked like a real hoot! Signing off ‘til next time.
To contact Michele please email [email protected]
Hi! My name is Ozzie and this is my mom Chantal. She worked in veterinary medicine for many years but moved on to a different career path, however she wanted to ensure she continued to help at risk dogs. Not only does she help make sure all TEAM dogs are healthy medically before they go to a forever home, on occasion I also get foster brothers and sisters to hang out with at home before they are adopted. She told me she’s got a fondness for older seniors like myself.
To contact Chantal please email [email protected]
I’m Josie. Bettina is my mom. She keeps track of the money and pays the bills. I hate writing. I prefer going to the park to play fetch.
To contact Bettina please email [email protected]
Ashley Events Manager
My name is Lao and I’m 17 years young. My mom, Ashley, is in every sense of the word a crazy dog lady (in a non radical way). She has been with TEAM Dog Rescue since its inception in 2012 and does a little bit of this and a whole lot of that. Her primary focus is helping with adoptions, organizing events and acting as the Instagram guru. Her goal over the next year is to drive TEAMs #THINKRESCUE campaign, create programs that teach children responsible pet ownership and work closer with the community to grow the organization. Outside of TEAM she loves to travel. She has witnessed firsthand the dire situation of street animals around the world which inspired her efforts to assist worldwide animal welfare organizations. Prior to joining TEAM, she spent time volunteering with animal groups in Mexico, Central America and Africa as well was a dog walker at Toronto Animal Services. When she isn’t helping animals she is chasing a toddler around and working at her paying job. My mom adopted Winston the pug a few years back and encourages families everywhere to #thinkrescue first when considering welcoming a pet.
To contact Ashley please email [email protected]
Jess Intake Coordinator
Hey! My name is Themba, as i’m sure you already know since I like to make frequent appearances on TEAM’s social media. I rescued Jess when I was only a pup and it was the best thing to ever happen to her. Back then she was a foster for TEAM and now she is TEAM’s Adoption Manager. That means not only do we get to foster dogs. but we also help them find their new homes! Jess is my partner in crime, we like to go on lots of adventures together like camping, hiking and paddle boarding, I even get to come to work with her. I’m so glad I get to help other dogs find their new families because clearly I know how to pick a good one!
To contact Jess please email [email protected]
Cari Foster Manager
Hi, my name is Skye! I’m writing you from across the rainbow bridge to introduce my mom, Cari. I was her first dog, and I’m the one who taught her everything she knows! She’s been lucky – she’s had many other amazing dogs in her life since me – but she promises that I will always be her first love!
As a way to honour and remember me, she started fostering dogs with TEAM in 2016. She found it to be so rewarding that she became a Foster Coordinator soon after! She works hard to find deserving dogs a loving foster home to call their own, while they wait for their forever families to find them!
To contact Cari please email [email protected]
Lindsay Project Manager
Penny here! I want to introduce you to my mom, Lindsay. She manages T.E.A.M.’s foster program and makes sure all the dogs have a comfy place to crash until their forever family comes along. My mom started off in rescue by fostering cats while she was in university. When she moved to Toronto, she started fostering dogs with T.E.A.M. and quickly decided she wanted to be more involved. My mom has a soft spot for street dogs. She had to resist the urge to feed and pet every stray dog she encountered on her South East Asia backpacking trip. Luckily, I am irresistible and she decided to bring me home from Mexico in 2015! Now we cuddle on the couch and watch Netflix, play with the laser pointer, do agility and go camping. I love Canada (except the cold)!
To contact Lindsay please email [email protected]
Ana Foster Coordinator
Koda here! I’d like to introduce you to my mom Ana – we rescued each other in 2018 after my trip from Manitoba, and the cuddles haven’t stopped since! I think what led the path to our crossroad was my mom witnessing the countless street dogs during her trip to South America. She just knew she had to find a way to help at least one, or maybe more, of us awesome 4-leggers.
TEAM brought us together, and after a long chat we decided that we could not leave this rescue behind! Aside from her skills of finding us the best hiking trails, tent pads, and swimming spots, her never-ending passion for animals is real. There are oh so many more of my long lost doggo friends that need her, and for a long time she did not know the best way to help, I think because she struggles knowing that she can’t possibly save every single dog soul out there. TEAM and I made it easy though, and showed her what a huge impact a small number of us can have.
Once I was settled in, she started supporting others in finding the best adopters, lending a hand with events, and then by becoming our rescue’s Individual Giving Coordinator. She makes sure our special donors know how much we appreciate them, with me beside her [cuddling] for inspiration. I wouldn’t be right here in my favorite spot if it was not for them, and for that we are both furever thankful.
Lotsa love, Koda
To contact Ana please email [email protected]
Bernice Intake Coordinator
My name is Mushu and I came to Canada from Bahrain with the help of TEAM. I am my mom Bernice’s first dog and welcoming me into her home and heart really opened her eyes to how great dogs truly are (you’re welcome, my four legged friends). She ended up adopting my brother Maki half a year later, started fostering dogs with TEAM, and became a flight buddy for rescue dogs from Manitoba, but eventually realized she wanted to be even more involved. Sometimes it’s hard no longer being the only dog, but I like knowing that everything my mom does to help other dogs all started with how much she loves me.
To contact Bernice please email [email protected]
Shonagh Foster Coordinator
My name is Frankie and I came to my momma Shonagh in February of 2020 as a foster through TEAM. She has fostered lots of dogs, but I was her first “foster fail”. Can you blame her? Look how cute I am. My momma usually fosters senior dogs or dogs with medical issues. She is currently fostering (and will be adopting) my foster brother Panchito (aka Cheeto). He’s younger than me, but has some complex medical issues. Momma loves helping TEAM find new fosters because it means more dogs like me and Cheeto can be helped and can find their perfect “furever” homes too.
To contact Shonagh please email [email protected]
Rozlyn Forever TEAM – Palliative Program Manager
Hey friends! My name is Elephant and I want to introduce you to my mum, Rozlyn! She is my forever foster mum and she dedicates her time to helping dogs whom are palliative, just like me! She has always felt drawn to helping senior dogs and dogs with special needs. She has fostered and adopted a few special seniors through TEAM and they have taught her so much about patience, love and respect. My mum believes that gaining the trust and adoration of a dog is a privilege, and being the one to care for a dog its golden years is one of the greatest honours. She knows how important it is to work alongside like minded and kind hearted humans, that’s why she is working with TEAM Together we look forward to supporting other palliative care dogs on their journey and we hope to bring them peace and love.
To contact Rozlyn please email [email protected]
Crystal Adoption Coordinator
Crystal has been a dog-lover (obsessed, really) for as long as she can remember and is the token dog-sitter amongst her friends. In 2021, she had to say goodbye to Tucker, her chocolate lab, as he journeyed across the rainbow bridge. Having Tucker by her side for almost 14 years was a privilege, and she wanted to honour his memory by joining TDR as an Adoption Coordinator to help other dogs find their forever families.
Crystal joined TDR in early 2022 and is committed to giving dogs-in-need a voice they do not otherwise have. Her time spent with Tucker, filled with love and care, is the foundation for the support she brings to the organization.
When she’s not working, Crystal spends her time hanging out with her friends’ dogs, going to concerts, and playing her favourite card game (Star Realms).
To contact Crystal please email [email protected]
Sonya Adoption Coordinator
Hi! My name is Esther and this is my mom Sonya. Mom has always loved dogs, and knows that there are so many in need of loving homes. Because she can’t adopt them all herself, she decided to help by volunteering as an adoption coordinator with TEAM. She says it’s really great because she gets to work with a lot of other nice people who are passionate about dog rescue! Plus, she gets to meet cute dogs all the time, and help them find amazing homes where they will get tons of cuddles and treats! I think it’s awesome that she is helping out…as long as she doesn’t try to bring any of those dogs home herself…the couch is allll mine!
To contact Sonya please email [email protected]
Christina Forever TEAM – Foster Coordinator
My name is Sadie and I was rescued through TEAM Dog Rescue in 2019 by my Mom Christina. I was the first step for my Mom into the world of dog rescue. When my doggy sibling Quinton passed in 2020 at the age of 10 suddenly from cancer, Mom was really upset and wanted to use her grief as a source of action and began thinking of ways to honour Quinton’s life. She saw a post on the Team Dog Rescue Facebook page about a new program called Forever Team. Forever Team supports palliative dogs find loving homes during the last days, months or years of theirs lives. Mom was so excited when she was asked to join the TEAM, and feels with every dog she helps, its keeping Quintons memory alive.
To contact Christina please email [email protected]