Peace of Mind Dog Rescue (POMDR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in October 2009.
Our mission is to be a resource and advocate for senior dogs and senior people on California's Central Coast.
We find loving homes for dogs whose guardians can no longer care for them and for senior dogs in shelters. We also provide volunteer and financial assistance so seniors can keep their pets with them as long as possible and make arrangements to take in their dogs if they can no longer care for them.
We have a lifetime commitment to all the dogs that come into our care. They will either be adopted into a wonderful, permanent home or will live out their lives in one of our foster homes (sometimes when we bring a senior dog into our care, it becomes evident that he or she should not have to endure one more move or life change).
We help senior citizens pay for veterinary care for their dog if they are unable to afford medical expenses. We also provide temporary foster care for people who are hospitalized and dog walking for people who are no longer able to walk their dog.
POMDR is led by a dedicated board and an incredible staff. POMDR is also supported by a network of close to 500 volunteers who help with foster care, adoption events, transportation, office work, fundraising, and other tasks as they come up.
Our vision is to model lifetime care for dogs and all companion animals to help bring about a positive change in the way society thinks about and treats senior dogs and to create better lives for them through rescue, foster, adoption, hospice and education.
Our offices and headquarters are located at the POMDR Patricia J Bauer Center located at 615 Forest Ave. in Pacific Grove. Click here to read more about the POMDR Patricia J Bauer Center.
Board of Directors
(Top L-R): Kathy Henney, Tracey Pepper
(Bottom L-R): Elle Brookman, Monica Rua,
Dogs (Top L-R): Bubbles, Bernie, Sprocket
Dogs (Bottom L-R): Mikey, Annie, Zeta Truman
President and Co-founder - Monica Rua is a co-founder of Animal Friends Rescue Project (AFRP) and served on its Board of Directors for 11 years. Eight out of the eleven years she was the board president. Monica was active in overseeing all facets of operations of the organization for many years as well as developing all communications such as the website, newsletter, educational materials, and brochures and designing the computer programs including the fund raising and volunteer databases and the animal tracking system. Monica also fostered many dogs and cats and was a much valued dog behavior consultant. Monica has a background in software engineering and has a Master of Science, Computer Science: Artificial Intelligence (MSAI), from Stanford University, and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a minor in Philosophy. She worked at Sun Microsystems and was Education Director of Happy Hollow Zoo in San Jose before launching into rescue work.
Vice President - Elle Brookman joined the Board of Directors at its inception in 2009 and has been engaged in many volunteer efforts for the organization. Her previous volunteer experience includes assisting the elderly at a Saratoga nursing facility; working on fundraisers, handling adoptions, and fostering dogs for Animal Friends Rescue Project in Pacific Grove; and as a Monterey County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for 7 years. She was educated at Katharine Gibbs College in NJ and at Syracuse University where she majored in Sociology. Her career background includes executive search for hi tech Silicon Valley companies; sales and business development for a major contract furniture dealership, also in Silicon Valley; and as Western States Sales Manager for a division of a leading furniture manufacturer, Steelcase. Upon moving to the Monterey Peninsula, Elle started a staging and redesign business teaming up with realtors in their efforts to sell homes. She is passionate about writing, drawing/painting and helping to rescue dogs.
Treasurer - Kathy Henney is a Registered Nurse, retired after a 40 year career in the Operating Room. She has a BS in Nursing and a Masters Degree in Health Care Administration from California State University Long Beach. Following her move to the Monterey Peninsula in 1996, Kathy began her volunteer work for the animals assisting the off-site adoption coordinator for the SPCA of Monterey County on a regular basis. Other volunteer experiences include serving for four years with the city of Carmel on the Historic Resources Board and 14 years with Pacific Repertory Theater. Kathy was a member of the St. Bernards, a group in Carmel looking out for seniors who needed assistance. With this special interest in seniors and senior pets, she joined POMDR as a volunteer in April 2010.
Secretary - Tracey Pepper joined the POMDR staff in July 2015 as our interim Dog Program Manager. She filled in for two months while we searched for our permanent Dog Program Manager. She has been a lead POMDR volunteer since 2014 and had a 35-year career in Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition/Management with several Fortune companies including MBNA, Bank of America, and most recently US Airways. Tracey has extensive experience in public speaking and facilitation, succession planning, and executive development. She has a Masters degree in Administration and Management from Johns Hopkins University. Her past and present volunteer activities include building staff development/enrichment programs for caregivers of the developmentally disabled, leading interpretational nature walks at Point Lobos, and volunteering with Peace of Mind Dog Rescue. Tracey became involved with our organization after adopting three lovely Peace of Mind dogs, Nugget, Taiko, and Sprocket.
(L-R): Carie Broecker, Allison Souza, Angela Preston
Dogs (Top L-R): Sara, Diva, Hershey, Tiny
Dogs (Bottom L-R): Spreckles, Jackson
Executive Director and Co-founder - Carie Broecker served on the board of directors for Animal Friends Rescue Project (AFRP) from January 1999 - October 2009. She volunteered in many capacities including unpaid Executive Director, fostering cats and dogs, writing grants, and putting on fundraisers. Carie has a background in accounting and has a B.A. from UC Santa Cruz in Sociology with a minor in Business Economics. She publishes a quarterly magazine for dog lovers, Coastal Canine, which is distributed in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. She also runs a pet sitting business.
Volunteer/Outreach Manager - Allison Souza joined the POMDR staff in May 2015 as our first Volunteer/Outreach Manager. She is a Monterey native and a graduate from San Francisco State University. She has worked as Program Coordinator for Los Padres Forest Association and has been an active volunteer with the the Hope, Horses and Kids Therapeutic Riding Program. She shares her life with a wonderful adopted Border Collie mix.
Dog Program Manager - Angela Preston - joined the POMDR staff in Oct 2015 as the Dog Program Manager. Originally from the San Fransisco Bay area, Angela migrated here in 2008 to attend CSUMB and got her BS degree in Environmental Science in 2013. While attending CSUMB she worked as an Assistant trainer and trained California Sea lions at SLEWTHS in Moss Landing for 3 years. After leaving SLEWTHS Angela worked as an animal care technician and customer service rep. for the SPCA for Monterey County. During that time she received her Dog Trainer Certification from Animal Behavior College. Even though she already has 3 dogs of her own, she still has enough love for all dogs in need.
|Megan Moon has over 10 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and animal welfare, including program management, development, special events, strategic planning, humane education, volunteer management, marketing and public relations, and grant writing. She studied Humane Leadership at Duquesne University, is a Certified Humane Education Specialist (CHES) and is certified in Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT-C). Megan has worked in several capacities with the San Francisco SPCA, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, the Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals, and the Institute for Humane Education. She currently serves as Board President for regional nonprofit UnChained and is a member of the Association of Professional Humane Educators (APHE).|