Brought to you by the letter M (born in Mississauga, raised in Muskoka, spending time with her black schnoodle Milly), Allie Wilson is the SOS Adoption Co-ordinator who supports the Adoption Manager to help facilitate meets and greets between applicants and scruffs. And it all makes sense because not only does the job involves a lot of spreadsheets, staying super organized, keeping the team in the loop about the status of adoptions, and a lot of spreadsheets, Alexandra is busy at an accounting firm working with spreadsheets or designing and sewing wedding dresses. (The latter of which, hopefully, doesn’t include spreadsheets?)
Like all of us at SOS, Sigourney Bailey has a crazy huge love of dogs that led her to joining SOS. Sigourney is our Adoption Administrator (and also the occasional transport and home visit because she’s that awesome). If you are interesting in meeting or adopting a Scruff, she's the one giving your application the A-OK. Growing up in Florida, she had her menagerie that included her first dog Tika; hamster Michael Jackson, Smokey, and Penny; mice Henry and Goober; fish Spike, Big Red, Valentine, Crawl the Warrior King, and of course rabbit Phoebe. (If you’re ever stuck on finding a good name for your pet don’t hesitate to ask Sigourney.)
In the digital world the contacts of Simone Dunham Gaspar are placed into two separate, yet equally important groups: those whose call and text she’ll return before you’ve put your phone back in your pocket; and those who get a response long after their phone has been upgraded. Fortunately for SOS we’re the former because as Reference Manager Simone is in charge of our reference team who are responsible for reaching out to all our potential fosters and adopters. (To be sure… it’s a lot of phone-tag.) When not saving scruffs Simone helps save felis silvestris catus, endothermic vertebrate, and reptiles at an animal hospital. Simone also keeps our fosters in the know regarding adoption status and ALSO is in charge of answering the emails to our general email inbox. This is one busy lady!!!
Independent like a Beagle and loyal like a Rottweiler is how we’d describe our resident Home Visit Manager, Danielle Balon, whose role is critical to our success; before any adopter is approved to take in an SOS pup they’re visited by a (wonderful) volunteer who swings by for a quick check of the digs and neighbourhood. Danielle gathers applicant availability and finds a volunteer based on location to complete the home vistit. When she’s not in her own neighbourhood of Burlington, ON, you’ll find MC Miss Congeniality in the gangster’s paradise of Six Mile (Lake) going toe-to-toe in a pitch perfect rap battle with Coolio.
We never have to tell Caralee Kennell 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!