Through a dedicated network of volunteers and partners, plus support from our community,
Save-a-Bull rescues and rehomes pit bulls who deserve a second chance.
We can’t thank our volunteers enough for their dedication and hard work that make our organization possible. Without them and the many other volunteers and fosters who work tirelessly to support our mission, we would not be able to save and serve deserving pit bulls. Every single person brings a unique and invaluable contribution to the operation and we would be nowhere without them!
Lori Hames, Chair of the Board
Lori started her rescue journey in 2010 volunteering with an all breed rescue organization. There she found her passion for the bully breeds and came to Save-a-Bull. She fostered dogs and worked with the adoption team, processing adoption applications to make sure that dogs and puppies were matched with great homes. In late 2017, Lori took on the role of interim Executive Director until transitioning in 2020. Lori works to lead the organization with passion and commitment to our mission. Lori continues to foster, preferring the hardship and medical cases. She and her husband Peter own a small business and have five resident dogs in their home, all rescues, three “foster fails.”
Jeanette Portzer, Executive Director
Jeanette took in her first pit bull foster in January of 2016, started mentoring new fosters in 2017, and transitioned to Volunteer Manager in 2019. Jeanette says, “Fostering and volunteering brings so many rewards, and when you work with a really great organization like Save-a-Bull, you feel like your time and effort matters.” Jeanette now serves as Save-a-Bull Executive Director and is committed to ensuring the SAB Mission grows to even more deserving pit bulls and families.
Sara began her rescue journey with Save-a-Bull in January of 2018, and has been an animal and bully breed advocate all of her life. Sara is Secretary with the Board of Directors and also a part of the Medical sub-committee. She volunteers as much time as possible to additionally help with needed tasks such as food donation pick-ups, event work, and photography. Sara and her husband’s pack include a husky mix, a beagle pittie mix (Save-a-Bull alum) and 3 cats – all rescues, of course.
Deb was introduced to the bully breed in 2012, when her daughter rescued two pit bulls. Deb fell in love with Sanya and Shyne and learned how unfairly people judge pit bulls. Wanting to become an active advocate for bully breeds, Deb and her husband, Dan, became involved with Save-a-Bull in January of 2018 and have enjoyed fostering several dogs. They recently “foster-failed” and Buddy has become a part of their family, and together they continue to foster more dogs. Deb wanted to become even more involved with Save-a-Bull and has recently taken on the role of Treasurer for the organization.
Jolene has always had a passion for bully breeds and after being introduced to Save-a-Bull, began volunteering. She started as a foster and had the opportunity to make a positive impact on all the dogs’ lives that she welcomed into her home. She later joined the Events Team where she has a chance to interact with many of the dogs in rescue and see adopters when meet their new family member. She enjoys talking to guests at events and potential volunteers and sharing her passion for the rescue.
Sam grew up with dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, and fish and has always had a love for animals. After adopting her second dog from SAB in 2016, she started volunteering as a foster in 2017, and in 2018 joined the intake team. Sam is passionate about finding foster homes for adult dogs, particularly those from shelters who often times have not experienced love and compassion in a family home. Since welcoming both puppy and adult fosters into their home, the entire family has only had their love of the breed grow.
Aymi started her rescue journey many years ago by donating her time and talents with both the Animal Humane Society and an all breed rescue organization. Upon adopting an overlooked pittie mix, she found her passion to advocate and educate for the bully breeds and started fostering puppies for Save-a-Bull. As a member of the Adoption team, Aymi processes adoption applications for the rescue. She additionally fosters medical cases for the rescue. Aymi has 2 resident dogs, including a foster failure; Lana and Charlie, and they enjoy spending their time attending dog friendly outings and patios around Minneapolis.
Cindy has been a dog lover her whole life. In 2004 she adopted a pit bull named Oreo that changed her life. She came across Save-a-Bull at a brewery event and knew that through her love of Oreo she wanted to do more for dogs than just be an owner. That same year, Cindy lost her beloved Oreo and was devastated. When she was ready to adopt again, she came back to Save-a-Bull and adopted Juno. She volunteered occasionally and recently took on a role maintaining the dogs’ bios and photos on our website – which she calls the “best job in the world!”
Molly grew up on a hobby farm in Lake Elmo, MN, surrounded by animals, including dogs and cats. She met her first “pit bull” while working in the office of a dog training center in Denver. Enchanted with her co-worker’s dog, she learned of the misconceptions and discrimination the breed faces. After moving back to Minnesota in 2012, she began volunteering with Save-a-Bull, helping with events and dog handling. Now Molly creates content, manages our Sponsorship Program, and assists with Volunteer Management. She has one rescue dog: a sweet, 55 pound Lab/Golden Retriever/Chihuahua mix named Tucker, who thinks he’s a lap dog.
Through volunteering with a few of the all-breed rescues around town, Kristin saw firsthand the plight many pit bull type dogs were facing in her community and became passionate about advocating for the breed and raising adoption awareness, in general. She joined the Save-a-Bull team in early 2013. Together with her husband and resident non-pittie, she fostered a handful of puppies for the organization over the following years; eventually becoming our Post Adoption Coordinator. Today, she serves as the rescue’s Adoptions Manager where she works to find each dog their perfect forever home and support our adopters throughout their adoption journey.
Kim adopted her first two dogs, Griffin and Murdock, from Save-a-Bull in 2016. After discovering a love for the pit bull breed and rescue, she began fostering. Then one more pup came through her door and never left, her “foster fail” Storm. Kim continued to foster and find volunteer opportunities, and in December of 2017 joined the intake team. As an Intake Coordinator, Kim facilitates relationships with other rescues and shelters to help bring pitbull type dogs into foster homes, including coordinating the transport of dogs from out of state partners. Kim continues to foster and serves on the Board of Directors.
Ian is a case manager/nurse who works with homeless addicts and alcoholics. In 2012 his intense compassion for people grew to include dogs when he and his wife, Lorelei, started to foster with a Great Dane rescue. Ian grew up in a Minneapolis neighborhood where he saw first-hand the abuse and injustices towards bully breeds and this caused him to become an early advocate for the breed. Ian manages all the vetting of the dogs in rescue and sees to it that they are all up to date on shots, detailed records are kept and any special needs are met. Ian is also passionate about doing street outreach and educating communities in need.
Lorelei grew up on a Wisconsin hobby farm. Her exposure to bullies was limited until she moved to the Twin Cities. In 2013, she and her husband Ian, started fostering and became involved with Save-a-Bull. Lorelei follows each dog on the journey from intake to adoption and manages our foster program, offering leadership and support to our amazing foster network. Lorelei is a certified veterinary support associate and works with Ian on the health of foster dogs. They share their home with a revolving door of foster dogs, preferably medical, as well as three resident dogs and a bullet-proof cat.
Cassie has been a dog lover ever since getting her first dog at the age of 5. Her family rescued their first pit bull when she was 7, and since has always had one in the family. Cassie and her husband, Brad, wanted to help change people’s misconception about bully breeds and began fostering with Save-a-Bull in 2013. They’ve had many fosters and remain active volunteers. Cassie helps manage online content to keep people informed about where they can come and meet potential dogs! Brad and Cassie share their home with Jax and “foster fails” Axel and Harper.
Autumn found her passion when she got her first pit bull at 18 years old. She never knew the hate the breed faced until then, and realized she wanted to do as much as she could for the breed. She began fostering in 2017 and found it to be the most rewarding thing she’s ever done. Since then, she has moved into a foster mentor role where she helps new fosters learn the ropes and provides ongoing support. Autumn always has a foster dog in her home, as well as her dog Trin, two cats, two bunnies, a bearded dragon, four axolotl and two dart frogs.
Cassandra has been involved as a foster with Save-a-Bull since June 2014. In 2017, she became a foster mentor and now she co-manages our volunteer program. Whether it’s answering questions, going to home visits, or just being a sounding board; she offers knowledgable support to our volunteers. She also captains our volleyball team! Cassandra is blessed to have found her heart dog Jezebel. She says she will always be weird, happy and a work in progress; just like her. Together, they are advocates and help people see the intelligence, beauty and amount of love in these misunderstood dogs.
Hilary has been active in local rescue for 25 years. In 2015, she adopted Irving, her first Save-a-Bull pup and knew from that experience that she wanted to be a part of this organization. As an Adoption Event Coordinator, Hilary gets to host on-site adoption events at local businesses. She loves meeting prospective adopters and hanging out with our adoptable pups. She finds it rewarding to see a connection form between a dog and its future forever person. Hilary’s pack includes: Irving and Bernice, both Save-a-Bull alums and three cats: Leroy, Carl and Georgia.
After leading the growth of the rescue for eight years, Jake and Lacy stepped down to pass the baton to our current team. Their extensive knowledge and expertise continues to help guide the operation of the rescue as they stay involved on a consulting basis.
If you have questions, please contact a member of our team via email. Or you can reach us here:
Adoption related questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Volunteer questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
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