About Rescued Rascals

Rescued Rascals started with

a simple mission:

Saving unwanted, abandoned, abused and neglected dogs by finding them immediate safe and comforting short-term housing while working diligently to find them their loving forever homes.

Founded as a 501c3 not for profit organization

Rescued Rascals was started by a small team of just two volunteers who had worked extensively in dog rescue and foster. They found a new niche for their work by running their own transports to and from a variety of locations, by connecting with their network of dogs rescuers across the Midwest.

Rescued dogs in the second half of 2019

One year later

Two years later

Sarah, President, Co-Founder, Intake Coordinator

I have had a passion for anything dog related for as long as I can remember. I am a single mom to a 13yr old who loves rescue. He is learning all the ins and outs so one day he can join our team. My days in rescue started almost 10 years ago when I fostered a little boxer mix and couldn’t imagine my life without him and adopted him. He is the best dog I’ve ever had. Through that experience, I fell in love with everything that rescue is. I have a deep appreciation for the whole process. From first seeing a picture of a dog in need to meeting them at transport. Then watching them open up and grow while in a foster home. Then finally seeing them happy and in their forever home! I am so happy and absolutely love everything that Rescued Rascals is about and all involved.

Michelle, Secretary

Our family started fostering with Rescued Rascals in January of 2021.  As the need for help continued to grow, I found myself a niche within this amazing group of volunteers. Fostering and being a part of the board of Rescued Rascals has been incredibly rewarding. Seeing dogs go from their shelter setting to a warm home is priceless!

Jess, Vice President, Adoption Coordinator

Growing up, my mom always instilled the value that is choosing to adopt our animals and save lives. In college, I visited the local animal control often and was continuously heartbroken by all the blocked headed bully breeds I’d meet there. My whole life when asked if I could do anything with my life if money were no object, I wouldn’t skip a beat and I’d say “run a dog rescue!”. My husband and I started fostering for the first time in early 2020, and I quickly became enthralled in all things dog rescue. We are now up to four dogs of our own (and yes, three are beautiful bully breeds) and we have fostered too many to count. Being the Adoption Coordinator for Rescued Rascals has brought me so much joy; bringing dogs and their perfect families together is so fulfilling!

Yazmin, Vet Coordinator

I have always loved animals of all kinds. I enjoy the happiness they bring to a home. I have a dog named Rosè and a cat named Enzo. I decided to join rescue life as I had always wanted to foster but wasn’t sure where to start. What started as me just fostering became me getting more involved and now I’m the vet coordinator! I love doing rescue and helping dogs find a safe and warm home. Also making sure they are healthy before they go to their forever home!

Lauren, Fundraising Coordinator

After a year of handling supplies, I’ve made the switch to organize fundraising for the rescue! I love being able to give back; especially seeing it directly benefit the lives of pups. I’ve always had a dog by my side! I grew up with a Brittany Spaniel, but in my adult life, my first rescue was a pittie mix, Eva. About a year before she passed, we foster failed our Max (FKA Buddy) with Rescued Rascals. He has been our rock through it all! I have really enjoyed becoming a part of the rescue world, fostering, and meeting all sorts of incredible pups!

Jess, Treasurer

Growing up I was always surrounded by animals, from dogs to horses, that’s how my love for them started. My family adopted our first rescue back in 2016 and soon after we began fostering dogs and puppies. That is until we fell in love with one of our fosters and couldn’t let her go! We now have two incredibly sweet bully breeds that live with us on our farm with horses and chickens! Rescued Rascals is an amazing family that I am so lucky to be a part of. Rescuing is such a rewarding experience, seeing the dogs find their forever homes, I am grateful to be a part of their journey!

Kayla, Training Coordinator