Meet Dana McCormick

Meet Dana McCormick

Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a-Bull?
As a foster home, at events slangin’ merch, as a temporary foster, picking up dog food donations and driving dogs to vet appointments or tv shows! Oh, and washing poo off puppies from transport.

Q: How long have you been with Save-a-Bull?
Spring of 2013

Q: How did you learn about Save-a-Bull and what made you decide to volunteer
I Googled “pit bull rescues in the twin cities” when a friend of mine was looking to adopt a pit bull puppy. I met my first pit bull in 1995 and was immediately hooked by their amazing personalities and adoring behavior. I have had 1-3 of my own pitties plus fosters ever since. When I could afford it, I fostered on my own for 10 years. I began fostering for Save-A-Bull when financial changes left me needing help with foster dog veterinary care and supplies.

Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer so far?
Rehabilitating dogs and seeing them find amazing homes.

Q: Do you have any dogs of your own?
I’m currently owned by one dog, Loki, adopted from Save-A-Bull a year ago. I usually have a couple of fosters as well. I enjoy fostering seniors and dogs that have medical or behavioral challenges they need help to overcome.

Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
I own my own pet sitting business, Dog House Pet Care, and have worked as a graphic designer, and in veterinary clinics. I love to travel outside of the U.S., hike with my dogs, go horseback riding, rescue dogs with good friends, pretty much anything involving animals and nature.

Meet Allie Baer

Meet Allie Baer

Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a-Bull?
Besides fostering, I am also a Content Coordinator. I’m in charge of “New to Rescue” posts on Facebook and make sure each available dog has a bio and pictures on the website.

Q: How long have you been with Save-a-Bull?
I fostered my first pup in April 2017, so I have only been with Save-a-Bull a few months!

Q: How did you learn about Save-a-Bull and what made you decide to volunteer?
I work with another volunteer, Mackenzie Miller, and she forced me to volunteer, Just kidding!  I will say, Mackenzie’s passion for rescue is contagious. It wasn’t long after meeting her that I was asking how I could get involved. I tagged along on a transport pick-up this spring and I’ve been hooked ever since!

Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer so far?
Seeing my foster pups thrive in their forever homes. It feels amazing knowing that I was a part of their happily ever after.

Q: Do you have any dogs of your own?
I don’t have a dog of my own but I do have a cat that fetches… if that counts?

Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
I am a Category Management Analyst at a retail representative firm in Minneapolis. I work with L’Oreal Paris and Target corporate on several beauty categories. When I’m not working, I enjoy hanging out with my family and being outside, preferably by a pool! I also like going to the gun range and target shooting.

Meet Nicole Farrelly

Meet Nicole Farrelly

Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a-Bull?
My family fosters

Q: How long have you been with Save-a-Bull?
I have been part of Save-a-Bull for a year and a half

Q: How did you learn about Save-a-Bull and what made you decide to volunteer?
One of my friends adopted through Save-a-Bull and said how great the organization was. We had just moved into a new house and were thinking of adding an additional 4 legged member to the family but were on the fence. We weren’t quite ready to add a permanent member but thought fostering would be a great alternative.

Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer so far?
Taking a dog out of an unfortunate situation and helping them find an amazing family is the best. We have met so many amazing people and our children are getting involved in their community.

Q: Do you have any dogs of your own?
We have a 6 yr old lab mix

Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
I work for a grocery wholesaler. When not working we love to travel or spend time outdoors.

Meet Stacey Thomas

Meet Stacey Thomas

Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a-Bull?
I am on the Adoption Event Committee so I run adoption events throughout the year. I am on hand to answer any questions the potential adopters or fosters may have and make sure the events go smoothly.  I also like to volunteer at other events throughout the year such as the bake sale and brewery tours.

Q: How long have you been with Save-a-Bull?
I have been with Save-a-Bull for 3 years and am enjoying all of my time with the rescue.

Q: How did you learn about Save-a-Bull and what made you decide to volunteer?
I first heard about Save-a-Bull at the Pet Expo in Minneapolis.  We had recently moved to Minnesota and I was looking to get involved in something.  We have a pit mix and we stopped at the Save-a-Bull booth to check it out.  I loved what the group was doing for the breed and signed up to volunteer right away!

Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer so far?
It’s rewarding to see all of the families at the adoption events looking to add to their family.  They are always so excited to meet the dogs. (And get puppy kisses of course!!) It’s even better when you see that the adoption went through and the dog has found it’s furever home!

Q: Do you have any dogs of your own?
I have two wonderful dogs.  One is a pit/lab mix and the other is a collie/husky mix.  They definitely keep me on my toes and make life more enjoyable.

Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
I work as a corporate trainer for a home mortgage company in Minneapolis. For fun I like to go kayaking, bicycling, read, visit family and friends, travel, take my dogs for walks, and spend time with my husband and daughter.

Meet Kara Buchanan

Meet Kara Buchanan

Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a-Bull?
I’m a foster for Save-a-Bull. I tend to prefer fostering dogs with medical issues!

Q: How long have you been with Save-a-Bull?
I’ve been with Save-a-Bull less then a year

Q: How did you learn about Save-a-Bull and what made you decide to volunteer?
I learned about Save-a-Bull after a friend of mine texted and said they had a litter of puppies and not enough people, would I mind applying to foster? As we, my husband and I, had just settled into or own home, we were in a position to help.

Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer so far?
The most rewarding experience was finding a good match for our first puppy. She loved her forever home.

Q: Do you have any dogs of your own?
I recently adopted/foster failed one of my medical fosters.

Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
For work I’m self employed as a massage therapist and extra hand. For fun I hang out with Teddybear (our adoptee), read, play video games online with my adult children who live in other states, and play table top games with my friends

Meet Toni Fernandez

Meet Toni Fernandez

Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a-Bull?
I enjoy volunteering at events. The Cabin Fever Reliever and Valentine’s Bake Sale are my favorite! I also like handling when the fosters are not able to be at an event.

Q: How long have you been with Save-a-Bull?
I have been with Save-a-Bull a bit over a year! My first event was the Valentine’s Bake Sale- I met Katie Rushlo and it was her first event too!

Q: How did you learn about Save-a-Bull and what made you decide to volunteer?
I heard about Save-a-Bull from various online postings about events, I had a pittie and wanted to get more involved. It has been so rewarding and I love sharing my experience with other animal lovers!

Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer so far?
I absolutely love knowing that all of our hard work and money we raise goes to helping our Save-a-Bull pups. I love seeing our dogs find there forever homes and seeing updates on how they are doing.

Q: Do you have any dogs of your own?
I have two pitties. Tucker is 3 and Alice was my first foster who I failed with, she just turned 2. They are my furry children.

Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
I am a dental assistant, going back for dental hygiene. For fun I do a lot with my dogs and bring them everywhere! I love that so many places are dog friendly. That way people are able to get to know them and see that pitties are great and loving!