THE TEAM


laura, founder

Years with SOS: Way too long/forever/never ending
Fave SOS things: When my inbox is empty. Seeing scruffs randomly on the street. When my friends/family members reach out to me and tell me they heard someone talking about SOS. Seeing the friggen dedication from ppl I don't even know. Dogs.
Fave Non-SOS things: Rainbows. Clouds. Bubbles. Really good lighting. Fairy lights. More lights. Crystals putting rainbows on walls. Tie dye. Guacamole. Really good music. Learning new things. Passionate people. Really good life chats. 


Jenna, Executive Director & Social Media Guru

Years with SOS: 4 years strong
Fave SOS things: Events, Happy Endings, Alumni Updates, Meeting International Rescue Partners and bringing them supplies that change their life
Fave Non-SOS things: Nature, Guacamole, Yoga, Hammocks


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Allison, Finance Director

Years with SOS: 3 years
Fave SOS things: our volunteers, our partners, our community, and of course dogs
Fave Non-SOS things: vegan cooking/baking, hiking, and being around good/positive/happy people


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andrea, foster counsellor

Years with SOS: 2 and a half
Fave SOS things: All of the dogs...including my own scruff, Pac! Helping fosters and their pups become the best they can be. Saving dogs and taking names. The amazing SOS community...that’s actually everywhere!!!
Fave Non-SOS things: The environment, hiking with my dog, wildlife, anything coconut, the ocean, a good John Hughes movie or seven.


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BRITTANY, events manager

Years with SOS: 2 years!
Fave SOS things: Learning! I have learned SO much in the past few years with SOS. I started out as a foster and with each foster, event or interaction I have learned something new about dogs. 
The people - every single person involved with SOS genuinely loves dogs and really want to help. The passion that comes from each individual makes volunteering with SOS truely enjoyable. Also very importantly, we adopted our dog, Alaska from SOS and she brings so much joy to our lives, every day!!
Fave Non-SOS things: I love ice cream, spending time with my family and friends, ANYTHING outdoors and also love to bake!


Caralee, Alumni COORDINAtor

We never have to tell Caralee anything twice because quite like a Golden Retriever and Poodle, she’s easy to train. And that’s an important because as Alumni Coordinator, Caralee is responsible for checking in with adopters post adoption to see how things are going. (We love our SOS community!!) Caralee considers herself a vegan-wannabe, and if you let her, will enlighten you with copious facts about all things animal welfare. When she’s not working with SOS by night or as a recruiter by day, you’ll likely find her lurking social media, particularly Instagram. And that’s a good thing because that’s how she found us! 


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cynthia, spay & neuter clinic manager

Years with SOS: 2 years
Fave SOS things: Spay/Neuter clinics (original huh?)
Fave Non-SOS things: Dogs, Hiking, Climbing Mountains, Running, Yoga, Travel


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Devon, Foster Manager

Years with SOS: I think three now! Holy guacamole
Fave SOS things: Seeing all the dogs we help find the most perfect forever homes
Fave Non-SOS things: I've become one of those annoying moms who is obsessed with their kid, lol. So my 4 month old, JJ. (Also I don't have a life anymore, hahahaha). Oh, and wine!


Victoria, NEWSLETTER COORDINATOR

Years with SOS: Less than a year (but I'm not afraid of commitment)
Fave SOS things: Aside from adorable pups?! The amazing dedication SOS has to helping deserving dogs around the world. The team's commitment is truly inspiring - it's wonderful to see a group of individuals come together and create such a powerful force for good! Also looking forward to my future foster fail, it's only a matter of time.
Fave Non-SOS things: Doing all the crafts, adventures in the great outdoors, daydreaming about travelling to far off places, and eating cookies!


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felicia, intake, transport & donations manager

Years with SOS: 3
Fave SOS things: Working with dogs of all breeds, age and personalities. Being able to watch a dogs adoption journey from the second it steps off the plane to walks into its forever home.
Fave Non-SOS things: Spending time with my own dog, Duke, cooking up a storm and travelling.


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jessica, canine behaviourist

Years with SOS: Since the very beginning
Fave SOS thing: I love how SOS focuses on respectful human - canine relationships. All too often, rescues focus on the sad story before rescue but SOS focuses on how we make that change for the better. I love being able to be a part of that education and training, getting dogs from where they were, to where they can be, happy and relaxed. 
Fave non-SOS things: When I’m not working with SOS dogs, volunteers and adopters, I’m still training dogs. My fiancé and I own 10 and we spend all day, every day training dogs for ourselves and others. We’re always looking for healthy outlets to stimulate dogs both mentally and physically. Sometimes it’s tricks and obedience, sometimes it’s scent training, swimming, even protection training. 


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Andrea, Partnerships and Signature Events

Years with SOS: 1 year
Fave SOS things: Working alongside some amazing people who constantly support, inspire and teach one another. The added benefit? We get to find some amazing dogs their loving furever homes! 
Fave Non-SOS things: My 20-year-old cat, Bob, discovering new music, heading to the cottage, travel, candy cane ice cream and hanging out with friends and family. 


kristine, vetting records coordinator

Kristine has worn many collars with Save Our Scruff. She started as a transport volunteer, then she was a foster, and now she handles our post adoption vetting. And we’re thankful that she’s able to find time to help us because when she’s not helping us she’s helping shape the minds of future volunteers, fosters, and adopters as a kindergarten teacher in Toronto. Kristine originally joined us because she had the most amazing life experience with a rescue dog (two taps to the heart and a point to the sky) who changed her life all in the good ways (of course), and wanted to honour his spirit. She’s fostered and dogsat many SOS pups since, and we couldn’t be happier to have her on the team. 


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laura, Events Coordinator for Burlington and Surrounding Areas

Years with SOS: 3 years
Fave SOS things: community love!!!!! oh and cuddling with cutie adoptables! 
Fave Non-SOS things: Yoga please!!!!!  and heading up to the cottage as much as possible!


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Lauren, Lead Designer

Years with SOS: 3  
Fave SOS things: My chihuahua, Andy — an SOS foster fail from Texas.
Fave Non-SOS things: My other dog Snapple, a rescue from California.


michelle, foster COUNSELLOR

Years with SOS: 2
Fave SOS things: my foster fail Rufo, rescuing dogs (duh), helping dogs find their furever home and helping people find a new member of their family, meeting new people, working alongside strong, empowering women that have now become my friends/family.
Fave Non-SOS things: Rufo, cooking, baking, eating, photography, painting, dogs


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molly, fundraising manager

Years with SOS: 3
Fave SOS things: Being on a team of powerful and kind humans who all support each other to save more pups, & the dogs, of course!
Fave Non- SOS things: (Top 5) Yoga, ice cream, football, watching the Office on Netflix and kind people! 

 


paulina, babysitting coordinator

Meet Paulina! She originally joined SOS dedicating her time to helping with transports, adoption events, and home visits. Overwhelmed by all the cuteness, Paulina eventually started fostering some of our rescues which led to her first adoption of one of her own foster scruffs, Odie! His playful personality and bald, wrinkly belly were no match for Paulina's heart, she fell in love instantly. Paulina continues to foster and now proudly wears the hat of the Volunteer Manager for SOS. Registered CPA by day, designated couch potato by night, you can find Paulina on the couch watching Days of Our Lives while snuggling with her 3 adorable Chihuahuas. Yup, she's that crazy Chihuahua lady. 


Robyn, RVT, Vetting/intake manager

Years with SOS: 2 years
Fave SOS things:
THE DOGS!!!, our amazing team, friendships, community involvement and knowing that we are making a difference in the animal community all over the world
Fave Non-SOS things:
Family! especially my husband and two amazing dogs (Chief and Daisy), baking, selling Tupperware, spending time outside enjoying life , chilling and watching TV


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Jenna, Adoptions Administration

Years with SOS: 2 years
Fave SOS Things: Being part of a team that connects amazing dogs with their furever home! I also love that every time I connect a dog with their new owner in our database, I get to see the goofy picture of that pup. It puts the biggest smile on my face and makes my day!
Fave Non-SOS Things: Spending time with my Husband, daughter & dog! Watching my daughter and dog eat gold fishes together. Binge watching series on Netflix. Listening to Bon Jovi.  Lots and lots of Coffee. Bulk Barn (enough said) & mini-eggs. 


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Simone, volunteer manager

Years with SOS: 3
Fave SOS things: the tightknit family, the amount of emails I get to respond too, helping out furry friends in need, the ADORABLE SCRUFFS I wish i could adopt
Fave Non-SOS things: my babies real & fur; Gabriel & Nacho #momlife, anything with carbs or cheese, the beach & travelling


taylor, assistant adoption manager

Years with SOS: Almost 2 years
Fave SOS things: helping people find their perfect pooch and stalking them on social media afterward to see how they're doing, plus fostering! 
Fave Non-SOS things: giraffes, wine, trashy reality TV and true crime documentaries.


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nicole, foster counsellor

Years with SOS: 2
Fave SOS things: Fostering super cute scruffs. Watching people fall in love with their fosters. Being a part of something awesome. Reading hilarious dog bios. Spay & neuter clinics. SOS merch :)
Fave non-SOS things: My senior pup Penny. My kids. Chris. Family. Baking Cakes. Taking Photos. Drinking Wine. Laughing. Learning to play hockey. Chatting.  


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katie, foster counsellor

Years with SOS: 2
Fave SOS things: My foster fail Belle , this amazing team (!!!), being able to help new fosters through the foster process, the updates from fosters, watching the dogs come out of their shells, foster fails
Fave Non-SOS things: my foster fail Belle, wine on the back deck, travelling (only two continents left!), being on horseback


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vanessa (VC), adoption counsellor

Years with SOS: 2 years
Fave SOS things: My SOS Alumni, PRINCY! ...The epic SOS community of volunteers... Being able to 'talk dog" with fellow dog-lovers on a regular basis as an Adoption Counsellor... & The SOS Alpha Dogs: Laura & Jenna.... #squadgoals
Fave Non-SOS things: My personal collection of humans... 80's Pop Music & late 90's Boybands... Black coffee ... & the Hamilton Ticats. 


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mary beth, supply coordinator

Mary Beth has had many extended furry loves in her life, but has yet to find “the one” for her. Her pup pursuit lead her to Save Our Scruff, where she is now able to help other furry loves while they search for their own “one(s).” You can find her sorting through the generous donations made to SOS, making sure that the sweet scruffs get all the food, toys and treats they deserve! All while she continues the search for a scruff of her own.


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chantel, alumni & community outreach manager + Merch coordinator

Years with SOS: 1 year
Fave SOS things: Alumni updates, stalking the adoptables, our instagram, our team of badass babes
Fave Non-SOS things: My sweet husband and two doggos, reading books, singing in the shower and going to bed early


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heather, adoption counsellor

Years with SOS: 2 years
Fave SOS things: Dogs. The Preloved clothing line. Sending "Congrats You Adopted a Dog" e-mails. 
Fave Non-SOS things: Camping. Dodgeball. Lays Dill Pickle Chips. Social Justice. Dogs (k and also cats). Horror Movies. Theatre. 


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missy, adoption manager

Years with SOS: Less than one year
Fave SOS things: DOGS!, travelling to warm places to rescue dogs, helping match people with their dog 'soulmate'.
Fave Non-SOS things: Frank Ocean, beaches, travel, vegan tacos  & iced coffee


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eleni, adoption counsellor

Years with SOS: 2 years
Fave SOS things: Finding dogs their forever homes!  I love talking to adoption applicants and sending out "congratulations on adopting your new scruff" emails!  I also love doing dog transports from Pearson airport :)
Fave Non-SOS things: Yoga, playing sports, reading, traveling, hanging out with friends and family (including my dog Lola and my cat Ozzy)


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kylie, adoption counsellor

Years with SOS: Under one year
Fave SOS things: Helping incredible dogs find their humans, working alongside some truly inspiring and devoted dog lovers, the dog bios (I love them!)
Fave Non-SOS things: Calvin (my drooly dog), my cats, laughing, music, orangutans 


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katie, reference manager

Years with SOS: 3
Fave SOS Things: Reading all of the glowing references that we receive for our foster applicants! We are so lucky to have such great people interested in fostering through us.
Fave Non-SOS Things: I have a four-year old Havanese named Willow who I love to pieces! Apart from my dog, my #1 love is travel - I work in the travel industry and run my own travel blog, www.katieeverywhere.com


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sarah, adoption coordinator

Years with SOS: Under 1 year
Fave SOS Things: 1. Being able to help match our scruffs with their perfect family! 2. SOS takes dogs of ANY kind and helps with training/medical/etc and then helps place them in their forever home. 3. The perks! (all the cuddles and playtimes at our many events!)
Fave Non-SOS Things: 1. My own pups (Charlie and Opal - scruff alum) 2. Traveling 3. Rocking out to Classic Disney Music!


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Jenn, Special Events Consultant

Years with SOS: 1
Fave SOS things: the dedication that the team of humans and supporters put towards this cause.  commitment to being not only great with dogs but also responsible humans taking care of the planet and each other - oh and i guess the dogs.  
Fave Non-SOS things: 90s hip hop and r'n'b, old fashioneds, cozy sweats, hawaiian coffee, ice cream, hikes with views, festoon lighting, camo print, the white squirrels of trinity bellwoods. 


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nicole, foster counsellor

Years with SOS: 2
Fave SOS things: My foster fail Bridgette, all my previous fosters who I regularly stalk on Instagram, the SOS community, the amazing foster team!
Fave Non-SOS things: My other pup Tuna, cottaging, wine, soccer, true crime docs and books, reading, baking, attempting to garden but usually killing all the plants, kale salads, mint chip ice cream, popcorn!