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!

Meet Peggy Arveson

Meet Peggy Arveson

Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a-Bull?
I am a foster.

Q: How long have you been with Save-a-Bull?
Since 2011

Q: How did you learn about Save-a-Bull and what made you decide to volunteer?
I did an on line search for rescues, and Save-a-Bull popped up. My dog was getting older, and I thought that instead if getting another dog, I could just foster. Then I foster failed.

Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer so far?
Fostering Jarvis. He was horribly abused and neglected and loved everyone anyway. (Read Jarvis’ Intake story, then find out where is Jarvis now)

Q: Do you have any dogs of your own?
Two dogs: Rusty, a 13 year old Dachshund mix, and Honey, 7 year old English Bulldog/ Dogue de Bordeaux. We also have an eight year old cat who was a stray that I took in, and 2 Guinea pigs.

Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
I am a nurse. I like biking and camping, and love to cook.

Meet Jill Helgemoe

Meet Jill Helgemoe

Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a-Bull?
I volunteered to foster puppies and seniors. Currently I care for my foster elderbull, Syrtia, and attend meet and greets when I can. Syrtia has had a few medical issues so I have had to take her to the vet several times.

Q: How long have you been with Save-a-Bull?
I started volunteering August 2016.

Q: How did you learn about Save-a-Bull and what made you decide to volunteer?
My female elderbull, Maddie, passed away in April 2016 at the age of 14. I was pretty devastated after she passed. I started looking at other pitties online, and remember seeing both Stella and Ashoka (not sure I spelled that correctly) on Save-a-Bull’s website. I would periodically look on Save-a-Bull’s site as well as other rescue sites for dogs. I wasn’t ready to get another dog yet, but just wanted to look. I had two other dogs at home, Bruce my red elder Doberman, and Lil Pup a young chihuahua that I found and rescued. Bruce and Maddie were best buddies and her passing was hard on him too.

Fast forward a few months to July 2016. My best friend had the grand opening at her tattoo shop, Blackened Tattoo, in South Minneapolis. This is where I first saw Pippa who was also attending the grand opening with her foster parents, Lorelei and Ian. I remember seeing Pippa and went over to see if could pet her. I ended up chatting with Lorelei and Ian. In the course of our conversation they mentioned they needed fosters and that they were going to be getting some puppies in soon. After talking with them that evening I went home and filled out the Save-a-Bull foster application on-line. The rest is history.

Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer so far?
When I was asked to take in Syrtia I was grieving the loss of my Bruce, as I still am, and Syrtia has definitely been helpful for me in my grieving and healing process. She is such an amazing dog and I am so lucky to have her in my life. Syrtia had also had a loss as her owner had died and that’s why she was dropped off at St. Paul Animal Control. It’s ironic that the two of us found each other, and as I said I am lucky to have her in my life. It’s been really rewarding having her in my home, seeing her recover, and being the happy and loving dog that she is.

I have only had two fosters with Save-a-Bull since l started, and one was a fail. I really admire the commitment and dedication Save-a-Bull and all it’s volunteers have for pitties and dogs in general. It has truly been an honor becoming part of and working with such an amazing organization and group of people.

Q: Do you have any dogs of your own?
Yes I have two dogs as I mentioned. Unfortunately my Bruce passed away the day after Christmas so he is no longer with me. However, I have Lil Pup who is a chihuahua that I found across the street from my house, and Hazel (formerly know as Ally from Save-a-Bull Summer Olympics litter). I also have three cats: Pede, Tiny Toot and Kitty. I love animals and would have a farm if I could.

Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
I am currently a full-time student and I am finishing up my doctorate in psychology. I have one year left and am trying to get my dissertation done. Besides being a student, I work part-time doing psychological assessments at a community based mental health agency.

I also work part-time at the Domestic Abuse Project and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. My schedule is so full I don’t have too much time for fun, but that’s where the dogs come in! I really don’t have much of a social life because school takes up most of my time. However, my dogs and I go on daily adventures which is always the highlight of my day. I love being outside and walking with all three dogs. When it’s too cold to walk we will walk on the treadmill, and/or play inside. I also enjoy taking classes with the dogs through Canine Coach. Hazel and I are taking the just tricks class right now. It’s a lot of fun and we go home and teach the other two dogs what we learned in class. We will also be taking a lure coursing class in June which we are looking forward to. In addition to hanging out with the dogs, I enjoy biking, gardening and going to various taprooms (with the dogs and my partner).

In addition to having dogs and cats, I have three kids. I guess good things come in threes.

Meet Emily Larson

Meet Emily Larson

Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a- Bull?
I am Save-a-Bull’s content coordinator, so I spend my time looking through cute pictures of our foster dogs, and uploading them to their profiles.  I also take fosters information and form bios for the dogs.  I have also fostered dogs in the past, which resulted in adopting my Tommy boy.

Q: How long have you been with Save-a- Bull?
I have been with Save-a-Bull for about 3 years now.

Q: How did you learn about Save-a- Bull and what made you decide to volunteer?
My husband and I adopted our first pittie Belle from a different organization which lead to our love of the breed.  We happened to see Save-a-Bull had a garage sale near us, and we wanted to support a bully breed rescue.  We immediately knew it was an organization for us and began volunteering.

Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer so far?
Because I deal with the dog’s profiles, the most rewarding experience has been hearing potential adopters say they felt a connection to a dog through their images and bio.  It makes me feel like I have an integral part in finding them their forever homes.

Q: Do you have any dogs of your own?
Yes Belle is my grumpy princess.  She is a 7 year old pit mix that we love to death.   Tommy was a foster of ours that we ended up adopting.  He is a 4 year old pit mix as well.

Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
For work I am an independent contractor for chemistry labs, specializing in nano materials.  I am also the marketing and events manager at LynLake Brewery.
For fun, I like to hang with my pups and my family.  I also enjoy golfing, skiing, and working on house projects with my husband.