I became involved with Coco's Heart when we were thinking of adding a dog to our family. I thought how perfect- we can foster to see what its like. Well, to my surprise, I fell in love with a mamma chocolate lab and 7 puppies for my first foster. We welcomed them into our home one day after deciding to foster. This was a great experience for our family and a great lesson for the kids. We ended up adopting one of the puppies which was a hard choice because I wanted to keep all of them :) Since then we have welcomed many litters of puppies. I became a Foster Mentor so I could help people get started in rescue so we can help as many dogs as possible.
Founder of Coco's Heart | Executive Director
Ashley has always had a love of animals, it started early on with her childhood dogs. She had to save up "good points" on her chore list to earn their first family dog, Patches. A few years later she was able to bring home her own dog, Coco. He was Ashley's best friend and Coco's Heart Dog Rescue was founded in his memory. Ashley graduated from UW-RF with her Bachelors in Social Work. She previously worked at veterinary clinics, traveled, and eventually founded CHDR in 2010. She and her husband have a beautiful daughter and 3 of the most well behaved dogs in the world (just kidding- but they are 3 of the most special dogs!). Kayla, Timmy, and Hope- they may be "special needs" but nothing slows them down from enjoying life and making new friends. She feels blessed to be able to help rescue dogs and help give them the lives they deserve!
Volunteer Coordinator | Foster Mentor
An animal lover all her life, Brenda has been a CHDR foster since 2014 and also serves as Volunteer Coordinator and Foster Mentor. In addition to her full-time position at the Minnesota Dept. of Employment & Economic Development, she operates a horse boarding facility at her home in Hudson, co-chairs the annual Arctic Blast Terrier Trials (sanctioned by the Jack Russell Terrier Association) and is a strong advocate for Rottweilers and Pit Bulls.
Eastern Wisconsin Foster Mentor
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Office Hours Manager
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Growing up my family did not own any dogs so I have very little knowledge or experience with dogs. My husband and I knew that at some point we wanted to make a dog part of our family but with two young children we knew we were not ready so we'd often visit the Animal Humane Society and dog sit for family and friends. In 2014, we felt that we may be ready but wanted to know the specifics of owning a dog (ie., the expenses, vet visits, daily routines, behaviors, stressors, etc). We really wanted the specifics so that if we were to bring a dog home we would be ready to keep it forever. We asked many questions and the answers we received varied from it being easy to hard and from expensive to not expensive. One day I overheard the moms in my daughter's preschool class talking about Coco's Heart Dog Rescue. I came home that night and researched Coco's Heart Dog Rescue which led me to reading about "fostering". Right away I knew this was what we were looking for. My husband agreed and we brought home our first foster a week later. We were fostering failing on her, but her family beat us in applying. It was very hard to let her go, but we knew her family would love her so much! We pushed through the heartache and brought home another foster dog. About 4 months later, our friends informed us they were no longer able to keep their dog. We knew we weren't going to stop having dogs around, so we adopted their dog. Alala has helped us welcome many dogs and puppies over the past 2 years and our daughters have been our biggest helpers. We are no dog experts but we have learned so much. We very blessed to be apart of Coco's Heart Dog Rescue.
Earlier this year I took on the role as "Showcase Coordinator". Each week Angel's Pet World and Pet Evolution showcases some of our adoptable dogs and I ensure foster dogs attend weekly. I also help coordinate foster dogs for the birthday parties that are hosted at Angel's Pet World. I volunteer at various events such as the yearly 5K fundraiser and provide transport for our incoming dogs.
Home Visit Coordinator
I started following CHDR on FB in the summer of 2013. In October, I saw a video of a black lab in an outdoor pound and it broke my heart. I filled out the foster application that day. Shortly after that she was our first foster dog Croix! Since then we have had the pleasure of fostering 17 wonderful, lab/ pointer mixes. In the summer of 2015, I was asked to be the Home Visit Coordinator, which I gladly accepted. I'm a Lab lover. I have 3 of my own, 14 year old yellow lab Kolby, 8 year old black lab Mazie and 5 year old chocolate lab Bella. Besides helping dogs, I enjoy spending time with my husband and dogs, family & friends, baking desserts and running dog friendly 5k with Mazie.
Event and Program Coordinator | Foster Mentor
I began with Coco's Heart as a foster family at the end of 2011. After crying for a week when my first foster puppy got adopted, I soon realized the best medicine was to get another foster dog as soon as possible. I started the Senior Buddy Program in January 2013 and then began to develop Coco's Heart Academy into an official program the beginning of 2016. I am now the Event and Program Coordinator overseeing both these programs along with all events and fundraising. I have also been a foster mentor since the position began in May of 2013. My team is currently at 50+ foster families. When not doing something with Coco's Heart, you will typically find me with my husband, 2 kids, and my own pets! I love photography (amateur) and taking trips to Hawaii to snorkel and hike.
Daily Operations Manager
I became involved with Coco's Heart in the beginning of 2014 fostering several dogs since. I started volunteering for office hours then worked on the administration team. I am now the Daily Operations Manager overseeing daily operations for our teams of fosters led by foster mentors and the adoptions. I process the foster and adoption applications and connect new foster families to a foster mentor or an applicant to one of our great rescue dogs. In my free time, I enjoy riding my beautiful mare, Gibby, and spending time with my dog, Cane, who is a Coco's Heart Alumni that I proudly foster failed!
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Hi there! I'm Katie & I'm a Foster Mentor for Coco's Heart. I was introduced to the rescue by a coworker, who was interested in adopting a puppy. I started following Coco's Heart's Facebook page right away. It was amazing to see the awesome work they were doing & how much love they have for animals. I continued to follow the rescue for 2 years & always said that once we got rid of the carpet in our house we could foster. We didn't even have time to put the baseboards back on after removing the carpet before we got our first foster dog! My husband and I are big softies when it comes to animals - we have 2 dogs and 6 cats (yes, you read that right!).
I began my journey with Coco's Heart as a foster in May 2016 and moved into the role of Foster Mentor in October 2016. I've had a blast these past few months and can't wait to see what the future holds for Coco's Heart and myself!
Promotional Events Coordinator | Foster Mentor
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Wisconsin Adoption Events Coordinator
Matthew grew up surrounded by domestic and feral animals in rural Southern Wisconsin. While he grew up with house cats, he always had a soft spot for the stray dogs that were dumped in the nearby woods. After going to college, working as a professional musician then going back to school for engineering he settled down with his wife, Sharon. It was then that they took in their first rescue dog, Radar (Akita/Malamute/Shepherd mix). Radar was nick-named “Frankenstein’s Dog” for his huge size and terrible injuries that resulted in facial reconstruction (he was such a pretty monster!). Soon they took in their second rescue dog, Mocha (Belgian Shepherd Tervuren) who was deemed unadoptable at the time, but is now a perfect family member. After Radar passed they took in their third rescue dog, Walker (pit bull mix) who is the best cuddle buddy ever. It was then that the Page’s found Coco’s Heart and dedicated themselves to the mission of this wonderful organization. When not working on his cars, playing music, designing and building high-end loudspeaker systems or spoiling Coco’s dogs you’ll find them advocating for pit bulls.
Melissa is currently both a foster and foster mentor for CoCo's Heart. She got started fostering after the unexpected loss of her beloved dog, Briggs, in 2014. Since fostering for CoCo's she has foster failed on 3 wonderful dogs which brings her own personal dog count to 4 and she wouldn't have it any other way. Her pack is great with the foster dogs and they play a huge role in socialization for the many puppy fosters welcomed into her home. Outside of rescue her hobbies include watching her son play hockey, spending time with her two grandkids, running and going to music concerts.
Minnesota Adoption Events Coordinator
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Hi my name is Susan Bellefeuille and I grew up surrounded by animals. My husband and I started fostering for CHDR after the loss of one of our three dogs. My husband and I have always had rescue dogs, and we liked the CHDR philosophy. Our dogs have gotten used to new dogs coming into the house and help with training, by being a good example (not really, my dogs are spoiled). Fostering is a family affair at our house, my two teenage boys do a lot of the dog work. We all get a lot of satisfaction when our babies find their forever family.
Central Wisconsin Foster Mentor
A few years ago, I adopted my amazing dog and I knew I had to help change the lives of many other dogs. I started doing research where I reached out to many rescues, but Cocos Heart Dog Rescue was the only rescue I reached out to that was excited to get me on their team fast to be able to welcome more dogs into their rescue. After a few short months of welcoming the most amazing foster dogs into my home, Cocos Heart asked if I would like to be a Mentor for the Central Wisconsin area. Obviously, it was a no brainer, so here I am, Tina- Foster Mentor. I have welcomed the BEST dogs into my home, have the best people on my team, and honestly, each one of my team members and each foster dog in our care will forever hold a special place in my heart. I am so fortunate that Cocos Heart welcomed me into their family to help save more of our best friends and I would love to welcome you to my team as well! Being that I do live a little further away, I love to put on benefits in my local area to help support our rescue efforts and familiarize more people in Central Wisconsin of Cocos Heart Dog Rescue.
Fun Fact- I am a State Horseshoe Champion and one of the Best Horseshoe Pitchers in the World