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. Read State Nonprofit Disclosures Here.
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 at an appropriate age to help decrease the terrible problem of pet overpopulation. Adopters of puppies and kittens are required to have the animals altered at the appropriate age as well.
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. Watch a video about us below.
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.
PetConnect Rescue, Inc. Disclaimer:
Our organization’s legal name is PetConnect Rescue, Inc. We are not affiliated with any other organization with the same or similar name anywhere in the U.S. or around the world, including a Pet Connect Rescue operating out of Joplin, MO. To read our full disclaimer statement, please visit our page here.
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.
Susan, an oncology nurse who works as a director of marketing in biotech, has loved animals for her entire life. As a child, she had dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, mice, and often brought home injured wildlife. As an adult, she has always had dogs and cats as part of her family and 15 years ago started volunteering for the Washington Humane Society, now Humane Rescue Alliance. Five years ago after her last elderly dog died, Susan started researching various rescue organizations in the DMV, and found that PetConnect Rescue aligned closely with her values, and she adopted Izzy, a wonderful now 13-year-old dog. After learning more about how PCR works, she started volunteering as the In-Kind Donations captain and is absolutely delighted to join the Board to further the organization’s work. Susan has a particular passion for senior animals and recently added another PCR senior, Sally, to her family.
Susan, along with Izzy, live in Chantilly, VA. She has an adult son, who married another animal lover, and they have two beautiful daughters and, of course, a rescued Jack Russell Terrier.
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!
Athena brings over 15 years of accounting/bookkeeping experience paired with a life-long passion for animal advocacy to the position of Board Treasurer. She loves putting her skills to good work in furthering the mission of PetConnect Rescue and helping as many animals as possible find their forever home. Athena first became involved with PCR in 2019 when she started fostering kittens. She believes nurturing, socializing, and identifying the unique needs of each foster is essential to advocate for them effectively and match them to the perfect home. Athena lives in Kensington, Maryland with her husband, Blair, their dog, Jackson, and four rescue kitties, Chibbs, Baya, Lucy and Coal. She is always covered in pet hair but wouldn’t have it any other way.
Carrie’s compassion for animals and dedication to animal advocacy was apparent from day one. Her mother volunteered at their local SPCA and in addition to helping care for their own beloved rescues, she grew up learning about ways to help stray dogs, feral cats, and injured wildlife. Carrie even integrated her love of animals into her career, serving on the Marketing team at Animal Planet from 2002-2006. She has been a long-time admirer of PetConnect Rescue’s work and has both adopted from and volunteered with the organization over the years, joining the Board of Directors in October of 2018. Carrie lives in Potomac with her husband, Marc, their three beautiful human children, and their three sweet furry children.
Liz joined the Board in 2006 and formerly served as treasurer. 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 therapy dog ever!
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.
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.
For Katherine it all started at age 6 her first stray cat MaMeow to her current menagerie three chihuahua foster fails, one Boykin and eight horses. The intervening years have contained multiples of horses, dogs and cats with segues into working with Dr. Jane Goodall and the chimps of Gombe, to the National Zoo’s Conservation Research Center in Front Royal Virginia, to a variety of art museum boards, and other non-profit and foundation activities. Katherine became aware of PetConnect Rescue’s incredible work in 2016 and was finally hooked in 2017 when she started fostering. She joined the board in 2020 and is excited to bring her strategic planning and marketing expertise to bear as non-profits seek to navigate the world’s new normal.
Nina began volunteering at Petconnect Rescue after her family adopted their first dog Zoe ten years ago. Her family, which includes husband Tim and her three children, Palma, Cece and Evan have enjoyed volunteering at adoption events, transporting animals and spreading the word of rescue. They became “foster failures” when Lucas joined their pack six years ago. Recently Nina has helped coordinate virtual adoption events, assists with administrative tasks and collects supplies for local shelters from her community. She has enjoyed meeting wonderful people and following the happily forever after stories of dogs and cats they have helped.
Cricket has had all sorts of rescue animals over the years, but adopted PetConnect mom-dog Snow White (now Chloe) in 2018 and started fostering puppies the next summer!
She lives in Bluemont, VA with her husband David and takes care of Cannon Hill Farm with its current eight retired horses, one alpaca, two barn cats and four rescue dogs. Those numbers increase when daughters Charlotte and Lilly come home with their PetConnect dogs! When not on the farm, Cricket and David can be found on the field hockey sidelines cheering on youngest daughter Grace playing at Washington and Lee or cheering Charlotte’s team in Vermont where she is the head coach at Castleton.
After time serving on school boards and travel team and sports boards, Cricket is thrilled to spend time helping dogs and cats find their forever homes.
Board Members Emeritus
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.
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.