VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

Rescue is hard work. There are many, many hours of time involved every single day in the rescue, care, travel, networking and administrative support required to keep things running smoothly. What makes it even harder is that Save-a-Bull has no paid staff, no office space and no boarding facility – we are a 100% volunteer run organization. Volunteers graciously give their free time and their money, and they open their hearts and their homes to offer whatever support our dogs need to succeed.

We greatly appreciate the passion and sacrifice of each of our committed volunteers and we’d like to introduce you to just a few of the people who are making huge contributions to the success of our organization.

Meet Elyse Krautkramer

Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a- Bull?
I volunteer most of my time as an event manager. I help with set-up, take down and clean up after events at local pet stores. During the events, I act as a contact point between visitors to the event and the dogs/handlers. I

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Meet Carol Nelson

Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a- Bull?
I am a full time foster with Save-a-Bull. My resident dog is pretty chill, so he can handle puppies, teenage dogs and the somewhat testy adults. I also help out with events when I can.

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Meet Merry and Aaron Sawdey

Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a-Bull?
We have mostly been fosters. We’ll be fostering with another organization for awhile (we rotate) so we’ll be looking into other ways to volunteer.

Q: How long have you been with Save-a- Bull?
2-3 years

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Meet Holly McDonald

Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a-Bull?
A: As a Save-a-Bull volunteer I help with event coordinating, work at events when I can, and do some transporting and temp fostering.

Q: How long have you been with Save-a-Bull?
A: A year and a half.

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Meet Jessica Florek

Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a-Bull?
A: I take amateur photos at events and as dogs come into rescue. I have always loved photography and volunteering for Save-a-bull has allowed me to explore that love further in my free time while advocating for a wonderful breed, meeting great people and wonderful dogs. I also foster and love being able to host pups until they go to another loving family.

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Meet Matt Guest

Q: How did you learn about Save-A-Bull and what made you decide to volunteer with us?

A: I had been looking for a rescue to foster a pitbull. Back when I was 15 I met a pittie named Angel while refereeing for a soccer league. I fell in love, however, I didn’t have the ability to have a dog of my own due to living situations until about 2 years ago.

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Meet Jim and Liz Borisevich

Q: How did you learn about Save-A-Bull and what made you decide to volunteer with us?

A: Jim and I have both always liked pitbulls. We waited until we purchased our home and decided we wanted to start fostering. We researched non-profit rescues in the twin cities, and found SAB. We started fostering in October 2012.

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Meet Maggie Valen

Q. How did you learn about Save-a-Bull (SAB) and what made you decide to volunteer with us?
A. I was friends with the Friends of MACC Facebook page and saw Save-a-Bull through them. I knew I was able to help with fostering so I decided it was a good idea. I really liked Save-a-Bull’s outlook on rescue and what it does for this breed. I fully believe that society’s view of pitbulls is wrong. All dogs can be wonderful, it depends on how they are raised.

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Making the Hard Decisions: Rescue Intake at Save-a-Bull, a Q&A with Mackenzie Miller

Rescue intake is a tough job and when you are working with the breed misconceptions of pit bulls, the sheer volume of need can be overwhelming. How do pitties come into Save-a-Bull and why do some come from out of state? How do fosters wind up with certain dogs? There’s more to intake than just a call from MACC or a found pup. Mackenzie Miller, Save-a-Bull’s Intake Manager shares some of the ups and downs as well as the process of intake at Save-a-Bull.

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Meet Jessica Sundberg

Q: How did you learn about Save-a-Bull?
A: I learned about Save-a-Bull (SAB) through another rescue I was volunteering with where I realized I had a passion for pitties. It’s hard to believe that was four years ago.

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Meet Dave and Kayla Cocchiarella

Q: How did you learn about Save-a-Bull and what made you decide to volunteer?
GUSA: We joined Save-A-Bull in the fall of 2013 on bittersweet terms. In September 2013, our 1 year-old pittie mix named Gus was hit by a car and passed away. We decided to honor Gus’ legacy by volunteering with Save-A-Bull and helping other pitties.

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Meet Jackie Erickson

Q: Why do you think it’s important to volunteer?
A: Because the animals wouldn’t have a second chance if it wasn’t for volunteers. These innocent animals deserve to be loved and in a warm home.

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Meet Sara Melby

Q: Why do you think it’s important to volunteer?
A: I think it’s important to volunteer because without us, without the Save-a-Bull family, these dogs would not have a voice and would not have a second chance at life.

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Meet Lori Kearney Green

Q: Why do you think it’s important to volunteer?
A: I believe in community spirit. And by volunteering I feel that I am supporting my community.

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