Meet Megan Raun

Meet Megan Raun

Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
My main gig is a stay-at-home Mom to 3 wonderful kids! I also have a part time administrative job working for a real estate appraiser. I love spending time outside…hiking, running and biking are my favorite!

Q: How long have you been volunteering and what made you decide to volunteer with Save-a-Bull? 
I’ve been with SAB since November of 2017, so a little over two years. I adopted my first rescue dog in Texas from a dog fighting ring and he was the BEST dog ever. It made me realize my passion for changing the negative reputation that pit bulls have. They deserve so much more and I want to be a part of caring for them and changing people’s minds about them.

Q: Why do you think it’s important to volunteer?
It’s important to give back and to find outlets for your passions.

Q: How do you volunteer your time with Save-a-Bull?
I am responsible for some small administrative items — sending thank you notes and decals. I also foster and temp foster.

Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer with Save-a-Bull so far?
Fostering has been my most rewarding experience. It’s so hard to say goodbye, but the love I’ve received and given to my foster outweighs everything. It also brings me joy to see my kids take care of dogs that aren’t their own….they have benefited from all of the playing and snuggling as well. The love and fun in our house is overwhelming when we have a foster dog!

Q: If you had the opportunity to be involved in other parts of rescue, what would they be?
I would love to be involved in the in-take process at some point, but there are a lot of goals I have before then…to attend a spay/neuter day, volunteer and become more familiar with events, and continue working with foster dogs on training.

Thank you to Megan, and ALL our volunteers, for putting yourselves out there to truly make a difference! #volunteerappreciationweek

Art, and laughs, are good for the soul

Art, and laughs, are good for the soul

In tough times, we’re all looking for a way to feel good and have a laugh in order to let of some steam and destress.  We’ll, you’ve come to the right place! We’re holding our very own Pet Portrait Fundraiser and we think it’ll be just what you need! A $10 donation will help rescue dogs, AND get you a custom, maybe not-so-great, but probably really funny, portrait of your pet.

Our volunteers have bravely agreed to try their hands at drawing your pet in an effort to raise money for our rescue dogs. Our group does include some professional artists, illustrators and graphic designers, but it’s also mostly made up of accountants, real estate agents, nurses, cooks, scientists, researchers, moms and dads, builders and more – so you just never know what your portrait might look like! Our “artists” have been warming up for this event, here are few of their drawings:

This virtual event will take place online on Friday, April 24. Make your donation and post your photo here:
https://www.facebook.com/donate/231656437908348/
Then sit back, maybe with a glass of wine or a snack, and watch the finished portraits start rolling in! We’ll be sharing all the drawings as as we go, so you’ll get an evening of online entertainment!

All donations will help with food, supplies, vaccinations and the care of dogs in rescue. We appreciate anyone who can show their support during these trying times, and think a goofy pet portrait is just what we all need right now.

You’ve seen it before as other organizations have picked up their pencils to draw pet portraits to raise money – well, now it’s our turn! Join us for this virtual get together as we share in some art appreciation, stress-relief, camaraderie, and our support of rescue.

Meet Kim Nali

Meet Kim Nali

Q: How long have you been volunteering and what made you decide to volunteer with Save-a-Bull? 
I have been volunteering with SAB since February of 2016. We began fostering after the rescue posted a need for fosters for the Lion King Litter. We thought that fostering would be fun for us, and our two resident dogs. Little did I know how much fostering would capture my heart and increase my desire to dive into volunteering.

Q: Why do you think it’s important to volunteer?
I think that volunteering is important because it forces you to look at things from different perspectives. Helping others, animals included, opens you up to new experiences and can often push you outside of your comfort zone. It can also bring you together with people that you otherwise would have never met. Rescue has given me many new friends, a sense of purpose outside of my career and family, and has brought many cute dogs across my path. 

Q: How do you volunteer your time with Save-a-Bull?
Rafiki from the Lion King Litter was our first foster pup. We continued to foster as we found joy and meaning in it. As more opportunities were presented in rescue, I continued to dive in. I started by joining the Adoption Event team, assisting with running and coordinating adoption events. Then the Intake team was looking to add more individuals, so I started doing Intake for SAB in December of 2017. Intake involves the coordination of bringing dogs into our rescue. Dogs are brought into rescue through a few different avenues: pulling dogs from local shelters after their stray hold is up, having dogs surrendered directly to our rescue from local families that can no longer care for them, and pulling dogs from out of state partners. I also sit on the Board of Directors.

Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer with Save-a-Bull so far?
I think that fostering is the most rewarding experience. It is incredibly special to bring a dog into your home, build a relationship with them, see them grow (and sometimes heal), and then unite them with a family that will love and cherish them for the rest of their life.

Q: If you had the opportunity to be involved in other parts of rescue, what would they be?
I would be interested to experience and/or learn more community outreach. I think it would be interesting to see the ins and outs of how SAB is helping others in the community.

Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
I’m a nurse. I work for Allina providing home care services. For fun I enjoy spending time with my husband, Matt, and our 3 dogs – Griffin, Murdock, and Storm. I love spending time outside: lounging in the backyard, going on walks, yard work, BBQs and bonfires with friends, etc. My husband and I enjoy games: board games, card games, and video games. Our house was a real fixer upper when we bought it, and we continue to work on projects as we have time – projects never seem to end when you own a home! My husband is in school full time right now, in addition to his full time work, so I have enjoyed having rescue work, friends, and events to keep me busy!

Thank you to Kim, and ALL our volunteers, for putting yourselves out there to truly make a difference! #volunteerappreciationweek

Meet Ben Funk

Meet Ben Funk

Q: How long have you been volunteering and what made you decide to volunteer with Save-a-Bull? 
Being a single guy that works A LOT, I didn’t feel like having a dog or three of my own was the most fair thing for the dogs. In Spring 2019, I started looking into various rescues in Twin Cities that I could volunteer with when I had some free time. Save-a-Bull stuck out for me as it was a smaller rescue that put the emphasis on the underdog (pun totally intended), with strict guidelines for both volunteers and adopters alike, while educating on the misunderstood bully breeds.

Q: What do you do for work? For fun? 
I work for a commercial airline, fixing aircraft. For fun, I like to ride my motorcycle in the sunshine, cook tasty meals, work on rehabbing my house, and am a pretty avid reader – mostly fictional novels.

Q: How do you volunteer your time with Save-a-Bull?
Being relatively new to the rescue, I’ve enjoyed all the events but the Brewery Tours are a fav – to watch people’s reactions and surprise in seeing how friendly the dogs are brings great joy. And obviously educating people with my growing knowledge on the bully breeds is pretty awesome.

Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer with Save-a-Bull so far?
A foster’s mother had to have surgery and asked me to watch her foster pooch for a few days. Being able to do that for her to perhaps ease a bit of stress while hanging out with the dog was great.

Q: Why do you think it’s important to volunteer? 
I enjoy volunteering because we are all a part of the whole, or the sum of all the parts in our world. To be able to look past our own bubble and realize that we are a piece in the giant puzzle. I volunteer with a handful of organizations but clearly anything to do with our furry friends is my favorite.

Thank you to Ben, and ALL our volunteers, for putting yourselves out there to truly make a difference! #volunteerappreciationweek

Meet Kari Carlson

Meet Kari Carlson

Meet Kari, an advocate for healthy humans and bully breeds alike. Wondering about the best payment for being a Save-a-Bull volunteer? Read on…

Q: How do you volunteer your time with Save-a-Bull?
Mostly as a foster, but I will occasionally jump at other opportunities to drive a puppy around or otherwise support our bullies and bully lovers!

Q: How long have you been volunteering  and what made you decide to volunteer with Save-a-Bull? 
I’ve been volunteering with Save-a-Bull for about 8 months. Save-a-Bull helped support me in fostering two very wonderful elder-bulls in need of rescue after their owner passed away last summer. The team with SAB could not have provided a more supportive rescue for those girls!

Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
I work  in healthcare administration in a chain of small community clinics and in health care reform advocacy. My favorite hobby is honestly anything that involves my best friends, my dogs- training, playing, gardening, hiking, watching movies, and playing board games (with one on the chair next to me giving me advice on the next move to make, and the other taking a nap with the foster pup under the table).

Q: Why do you think it’s important to volunteer?
Volunteering with groups like Save-a-Bull lowers euthanasia rates and fights discrimination against our friendly, buff companions, and saves lives of bully breed dogs that are some of the most overbred, mistreated, and neglected. It’s also really fulfilling and a great mental health boost to spend time with the awesome dogs that come through this rescue and help them overcome trauma and challenges to grow into trusting and affectionate members of the household. 
Also, 11/10 would recommend the wiggle butts and pittie snuggles given as payment for being a SAB volunteer!

Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer with Save-a-Bull so far?
Sharing morning snuggles with my current foster pup is probably my most rewarding experience(s) as a SAB volunteer. She has overcome a lot, and I am immensely thankful for every morning I get to wake up to her snoring face on my pillow next to me.

Q: If you had the opportunity to be involved in other parts of rescue, what would they be?
I think the Intake team’s role seems super fun. It seems rewarding to get to connect dogs with rescue and see each of our dogs at their “pre-rescued/rehabilitated” point and then watch them grow from afar and find their forever homes. 

 

Thank you to Kari, and ALL our volunteers, for putting yourselves out there to truly make a difference! #volunteerappreciationweek

Foster Care Gets Even More Personal

Foster Care Gets Even More Personal

The past couple weeks have been hard ones for two dogs in rescue – and for their foster families.

Spiral, a 14 week old puppy recently underwent surgery to amputate a deformed front leg, and Ravioli, who’s been in rescue for over a year, fell ill to an ongoing neurological issue/injury. Both dogs are getting all the care they need thanks to Save-a-Bull’s ability to pay for surgery, MRI’s, exams, medications and more.

The foster’s for these dogs have already gone above and beyond to get them to appointments, keep up complicated schedules of medication, and attend to their recovery in their homes. In addition to that, they’ve both set up personal fundraisers on Facebook to try and raise money to recoup some of the expenses the rescue is paying out for their treatments.

Lorelei Noire, Save-a-Bull Foster Manager, and her husband Ian, SAB Vetting Manager and board member, are caring for Spiral. When Spiral arrived in rescue we knew her leg would need to be amputated, but she also needed some TLC to gain weight and get healthy before hand. Ian and Lorelei took care of Spiral and got her ready for the big day. Now post-surgery they are helping her recover and adjust to her new life as a tripod. You can read her story and donate to her fundraiser here:

Nan Hildebrandt, Save-a-Bull Marketing Manager and board member, and her husband Todd, SAB Brewery Tour Manager, have been fostering Ravioli for more than a year. A young dog with crazy high energy, Ravioli has been a non-stop challenge to keep up with until he suddenly presented with all-over body pain and loss of energy. Nan and Todd have taken Ravioli to multiple late-night emergency vet visits looking for answers and are working day and night to keep him comfortable while he stays on four weeks of strict kennel rest. Read more about Ravioli’s condition and donate to his care here:



Save-a-Bull is fortunate to be stable enough to cover the medical costs of illness and surgeries, both planned and surprised. But as the money for care goes out, it has to come back in so we’re ready for the next dog who needs us. We are so very grateful for foster families like these that go above and beyond the physical care of our dogs, but also help us address the financial needs as well.

If you want to help, please consider a donation to either Spiral or Ravioli’s medical expense fund, or with an overall donation to Save-a-Bull Rescue. Every dollar counts and no amount is too small!

Everything we do for these dogs is possible because of the support of our community. Together we’re able to make a difference in these lives and in countless others to come! Thank you for your support and for sharing our passion.

Are you compassionate and caring and interested in being a part of our foster network? We promise not all cases are this hard! We’re looking for loving families to care for puppies and dogs who are waiting to find their forever homes. We’ll provide everything you need and you’ll be paid in puppy kisses and gratitude. Click here to find out more then fill out a foster application to get the process started.