DIANA LEWIS

DIANA LEWIS

Diana is one of those volunteers that sort of lands in your lap, smiles, offers to help and then hits the ground running and gets results right away. When Diana came on board with TRD and offered to be our Donations Coordinator we were absolutely thrilled. Everyone knows it takes a lot of manpower to keep this rescue running. The Donations Coordinator job takes a patient, persistent, savvy, friendly and dedicated person to procure the amazing and much needed donations that help to keep us afloat. Diana is all this and more for TRD. As a rescue, we obviously want to spend our money on the dogs; providing them with the best vet care possible, and having the ability to take on more critical medical cases when needed. Obtaining donations of treats, food, collars, leashes etc. for our daily use is imperative. Diana puts in a ton of time doing this for us as well as scoring amazing donations like Jeep tours and passes to Wet-n- Wild, Palm Springs to auction off at our bigger fundraisers. She is always on the lookout for products, experiences, contests and helpful connections for TRD. She sends countless emails, written letters and is constantly scouring the internet to find ways to help TRD save money, raise money and ultimately save more dogs.

Diana grew up in Alahambra, CA and now resides in Palm Springs with her 3 dogs. She has two daughters, one of which adopted TRD alum, Pippin! (Who we hear is living the life with her new family and canine bro, Murphy.) Diana has always been surrounded by dogs. One of the first dogs she remembers was a black standard poodle, GoGee. Her family then had a Beagle, Tippy, who lived to be 19! Late in life, Tippy had his own Seeing Eye dog, their German Shepard, who took wonderful care of him. Then there was what Diana describes as a “hot mess” Tea Cup Poodle who caused some trouble around the house. Diana now has 3 dogs of her own. Thai is her beloved Staffordshire “velcro” dog (seriously, attached to her hip she says!). Molly, a German Shepard mixed with what Diana and family think might be coyote, is the protector of the house with a serious hoarding issue. All the toys in the house end up in her crate. Nalla, the latest addition as of a couple years ago always has a sour look on her face, but Diana promises she’s totally loving and enjoying her life with her canine siblings.

Diana has always had a love for animals and tells us giving back and getting involved in rescue work was an easy choice. She says it’s simple; helping needy pups brings her joy. We think she’s awesome, dedicated and super amazing at bringing in the goods! Diana works very long hours at her regular job as an Event Manager for a global company specializing in Big Data. While Diana works long hours, volunteers her time from her home, she also drives to San Diego for just about all our fundraisers and events. Did we mention she’s dedicated? We are very, very fortunate to have Diana as such an important member of the TRD team. Thank you, Diana, for all you do!

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KIM – SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

I got my start in dog rescue by using Facebook to help network dogs who were in high kill shelters in San Bernardino, CA.  While that was fulfilling, I really wanted to be more hands-on and interact with the dogs who were being saved.  I wanted to personally see the transformation from a scared shelter dog to a happy and adoptable dog.  So far I have fostered four wonderful dogs for The Rescued Dog and hope to foster many more!  I also love volunteering at the adoption events and watching when a match is made between a dog and their new owners.

RAH – MARKETING MANAGER

My design thesis in my senior year of college revolved around re-designing the animal sheltering system. I spent hours and hours a day volunteering at a handful of shelters. I saw someone bring in a terrified dog as he screamed at shelter staff: “I just don’t want the damn thing anymore..” That was the tipping point for me… Also, this is my favorite quote…ever: “All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.”

DIANA – DONATIONS MANAGER

Life has so much to offer if we remember to look beyond ourselves. I volunteer because it continuously teaches me something new about people, about cooperation, about compassion, and about myself. I have a great passion for animals. We have three rescue dogs that came to us in 2008.  Since then I’ve wanted to work with an origination that helps save dogs and put them in forever, loving homes so when I came across this opportunity with The Rescued Dog to help I jumped at the chance.  I am passionate about their mission to save dogs from high kill shelters and I truly believe that help comes in many forms, volunteering is one way to accomplish what we are supposed to accomplish in this lifetime.

CAROLINA – EVENTS COORDINATOR

I started volunteering with TRD in 2015. Volunteering has been great. I love dogs, I mean who doesn’t right?! However, I do not own a dog…not yet. I live vicariously through the rescue. If you can’t afford to adopt a dog or don’t have the ideal living situation to have a dog, like me, you can still “scratch your itch,” that’s a great thing about volunteering with us. So, the irony is I have been telling you about how great it would be to adopt a rescued dog and save them from their unfortunate circumstance and put them in a happy and caring home, and in my case, I didn’t know it then, however, the rescue saved me. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to be a part of and for filling my need to be around so many furry friends.

SARAH – FOSTER COORDINATOR

I was introduced to rescue as a child when I met a greyhound rescue organization one night at Balboa Park and convinced my parents to adopt one.  Our family greyhound Bookie and I were best buds for the ten years we had him.  Since then I have been a sucker for rescue dogs.  I am so glad I was introduced to TRD by a friend and fellow foster, and have had a chance to work with some great people and dogs, and found my little buddy, Madison!

RAMEY – FOSTER TEAM MANAGER

I was introduced to The Rescued Dog while working at a local shelter.  I was excited about their mission to save dogs from high-kill shelters & wanted to participate with this mission.  I love working with the TRD team and fosters to get these pups out of the shelter, into a great foster home and finally on to their furr-ever homes!

JORDAN – ADOPTION COORDINATOR

I have always been a firm believer that doggie cuddles could save the world. So, when my mom said she wanted to start fostering dogs I was very excited. In the short period of time I have been volunteering with The Rescued Dog I realized I want to be an advocate for change. I took on this role not only to push myself but to also be a bigger voice for all of the shelter animals, since they can’t do that on their own.

BRITTNEY – ADOPTION COORDINATOR

The bond I have with my dog, Otis who I rescued about 2 years ago,  is that of a family member, a best friend, and a companion. Saving dogs from high kill shelters is a rewarding task, but adding a new member to someone’s family is life changing. Rescued is truly the best breed.

ALANA – VOLUNTEER TEAM MANAGER

I got involved with rescuing dogs when my own dogs and animal loving kids got a touch older and realized I had a tiny amount of free time to fill! My kids begged for Chihuahuas, Daschunds, Huskys etc….so naturally I thought fostering would be great!  Once I got in, I was hooked and wanted to do more to help shelter dogs find the forever love my own dogs had. In regard to volunteering, I believe that if we all give a little we can accomplish a lot!

KATHY – CO-FOUNDER

10 years ago I took a road trip from Philadelphia to San Diego with my beloved English Bulldog.  As a travel nurse, I was given the opportunity to move across the country, and with working only three days a week, I had time to volunteer with my first passion, rescue dogs.  Through volunteering, I met an amazing group of women who shared my same vision, so we collaborated The Rescue Dog!  I am so proud of our accomplishments and I look forward to continuing to educate and save lives!

DANI – BOARD MEMBER & ADOPTION MANAGER

I was fostering for the SD Humane Society but was looking for a rescue I could become more involved in. A friend foster failed with TRD so I filled out an application. I feel like I’ve found my calling! There is nothing like getting a dog right out of the shelter and making him feel safe. Now as an adoption coordinator I get to see the rescue through to the end, a great family and a forever home!!

STEPH – SECRETARY & DIRECTOR OF IT INNOVATIONS

I rescued my first dog in 2010 and started volunteering with a rescue a year later and loved it! After meeting a few amazing friends, it became evident rescue work was more than just a fun hobby. I truly believe the best dogs are rescued dogs and have come to find my true passion in life is in dog rescue. Fostering is one of the most rewarding experiences one can have and I highly recommend it to everyone! I can’t imagine my life without dogs, and thankfully I’ll never have to. I’m so excited to be working with such a fantastic group of people and I can’t wait to see what The Rescued Dog accomplishes!

ASHLEY – VICE PRESIDENT & RESCUE DIRECTOR

JESSICA – TREASURER & DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION

It is easy to buy a dog from pet stores, online ads, or from dog breeders, but rescuing a shelter dog is definitely more rewarding.  How can you not admire that once sad dog, now all waggy and happy because they’ve been given a second, sometimes third chance at finding their forever home?  The ability of these pups to recognize and embrace their new life never ceases to amaze me.  The Rescued Dog saves dogs from high kill shelters and prepares them to meet and be adopted by a loving family.  TRD fills the corners of my life and it makes me happy to know I’m doing something worthwhile for these sweet pups.  Having rescued – and been rescued – by my own dogs proves that rescued really is the best breed.

KATIE – PRESIDENT

My passion for rescuing dogs comes from my great experiences with rescue dogs in my life. I personally have had my life brightened by many great rescue dogs, and I have seen how having pets, and dogs particularly, has improved the lives of my friends and family. For me, the best part of dog rescue is seeing the connection that dogs and people make, and knowing that when we connect the right dogs with the right people, we are improving the lives of everyone involved, both human and canine.