About Us

History of PetConnect Rescue

PetConnect Rescue was founded in 2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and has evolved into a vibrant animal rescue organization. Our mission is to save the lives of abandoned dogs and cats and place them in loving and permanent homes. Each day, we respond to desperate email and phone pleas to rescue dogs and cats imminently slated for euthanasia. We pull these animals into rescue from over-extended shelters between Maryland and Georgia. PetConnect Rescue is a non breed-specific organization and we are committed to stepping forward whenever we can and wherever there is the greatest need. We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

PetConnect Rescue arranges and pays for medical services ranging from routine treatments, such as vaccinations and blood tests, to treating serious medical conditions such as broken bones. All PetConnect Rescue animals are spayed or neutered to help decrease the terrible problem of pet overpopulation.

The rescues that come into our care are primarily placed in foster homes, although some are boarded with reputable kennels or at vet practices. Our foster volunteers provide loving care and socialization for these animals while they await their forever homes. Thanks to donation drives we are able to pass on supplies to our foster families such as crates, food, collars, toys, bedding etc.

PetConnect Mission Statement

PetConnect Rescue is an animal welfare organization dedicated to saving dogs and cats at high risk of euthanasia. Our compassionate volunteers and staff find loving homes for all the animals that come into our care and provide ongoing support throughout the adoption process and beyond. ​We are committed to ensuring a highly positive rescue experience for our adopters and to raising awareness of the plight of abandoned animals through community education.

Board Members

Lizette Chanock
Founder & Member

Lizette Chanock
Founder & Member

Lizette is the founder of PetConnect Rescue and has served on the board of directors since its inception in 2005. Lizette has been a compassionate supporter of animal protection her whole life. She graduated from Princeton University, a school that she selected because they would allow her first, beloved, rescue dog on campus. Lizette has four grown children who all share her love of animals. She lives in Potomac, Maryland, with her husband, Stephen, and their cherished four-legged family members, including three beautiful cats, four rambunctious dogs and a horse.

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Katie Buckner
President

Katie Buckner
President

Katie has been involved with PetConnect Rescue since 2012 when she started out attending adoption events and, eventually, began fostering. She has served on the board since October 2015 and took on the role of Board President in October 2016. Katie lives in Rockville with her husband, Sammy, and their two PetConnect rescues, Charlie and Ruby. At any given time, you may find a handful of foster kittens residing in their home as well!

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Lyn Rales
Vice President

Lyn Rales
Vice President

Lyn is a life-long animal lover. She got involved in rescue with a vision to create a safe haven for dogs transitioning from shelters to adoptive families when foster families are not an option as well as a place for educational events and volunteers. Thus, Muddy Paws Farm was born. She also has a soft spot for older and hard-to-place dogs with disabilities.  She fostered and successfully placed a number of blind and deaf dogs.  Lyn has two grown children, each with rescue dogs of their own. Lyn joined the Board in 2009.

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Liz Purcell
Treasurer

Liz Purcell
Treasurer

PetConnect Rescue’s Treasurer, Liz, joined the Board in 2006. Liz brings many years of corporate marketing and budgeting experience to the organization, as well as a love of animals. She was part of the original website development team and managed the site until 2010, when she took on the bookkeeping responsibilities for the next 4 years. Rosie, pictured with Liz, is a PetConnect Rescue gal and the best dog ever!

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Ginny Faucette
Secretary

Ginny Faucette
Secretary

Ginny is a devoted mother of four children, three dogs, and long-time Potomac, Maryland resident. Ginny has always had a life-long love of animals. After rescuing her labradoodle, Bruno, from the streets of Northeast Washington D.C., Ginny wanted to find ways to help other animals in need. When she met her neighbor, Lizette Chanock, and heard about the impressive work of PetConnect Rescue, she knew that she could help further the organization’s mission.  Ginny has served on the Board since October of 2015.

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Barbara Kertess
Member
Carole Dell
Member

Carole Dell
Member

Carole is a writer and photographer. She is a graduate of American University and Columbia School of Journalism. For 20 years, she bred German shepherds and Egyptian Arabian horses. She gave it up to rescue instead. During her efforts in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina, Carole teamed with PetConnect Rescue to find homes for the lost pets that she brought back. She has been a board member since 2006.

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France Bognon
Member
MJ Jaffee
Member
Diane Wood
Member
Wendy Grubbs
Member

Wendy Grubbs
Member

Wendy adopted her first dog, Lulu, from the SPCA while she was in kindergarten. Lulu lived until Wendy was a sophomore in college, and from the moment Lulu became a family member, it was Wendy’s dream to help all the Lulus out there waiting for homes. Also, with four PCR dogs, board membership is mandatory!  She joined the Board in September 2016.  Wendy wants to focus on highlighting the joy of adopting senior dogs.

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Staff

Catherine Edwards
Executive Director

Catherine Edwards
Executive Director

Catherine has been a lifelong animal lover and owner. She came to the DC Metro area in 1990 after receiving her BA from the University of Notre Dame. She has two Master’s degrees from The Catholic University of America, one in School Counseling and the other in School Administration. Catherine began as a foster with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue and fell in love with rescue. As she got more involved, her duties and responsibilities there increased. The knowledge and training acquired at LDAR enabled her to take the leadership role at PetConnect Rescue, which she accepted in August of 2012. Catherine resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland, with her husband, three children, 3 cats and 2 dogs (all rescues). Catherine continues to foster a number of puppies and kittens each year.

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Tammy Mathis
Director of Dog Operations for Muddy Paws Farm

Tammy Mathis
Director of Dog Operations for Muddy Paws Farm

In May of 2013, Tammy Mathis joined PetConnect Rescue as the Director of Muddy Paws Farm. Since then, Tammy has provided care, comfort and rehabilitation to the hundreds of dogs who have been fostered at Muddy Paws Farm. In addition to fostering, providing medical attention, and training for the dogs, she also manages the volunteer program and events held at the farm. For Tammy, rescuing dogs is not just a career, it’s a calling.

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Robyn Buchsbaum
Development & Special Events Coordinator

Robyn Buchsbaum
Development & Special Events Coordinator

Robyn Buchsbaum has served as PetConnect Rescue’s Development and Special Events Coordinator since 2016. After receiving her Master’s of Health Science degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, she jumped into making the world a better and healthier place. She took time off to raise her two boys and then felt ready to get back to making a difference in the world. The question was…. how? The answer… by helping non-profits get the resources they need to fulfill their missions. Robyn knows how much work there is to do in the field of animal rescue and truly believes in the goal of “saving them all.” Pictured with Robyn is her beloved, 10-year old rescue Shih Tzu, Milo.

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