Ashley founded Coco's Heart Dog Rescue in memory of her childhood best-friend, Coco. She has 3 dogs of her own and a special place in her heart for all of the dogs that have come through our organization! She feels strongly that rescue is teamwork and she is so thankful to have so many great people involved in our rescue efforts, especially our young-supporters, each making a difference for the dogs that have nobody else.
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.
Events and Program Coordinator
I started fostering for Coco's Heart 4 years ago in hopes of finding a forever dog to call my own. Although I have yet to meet my forever furry companion, I have enjoyed fostering over 70 dogs, transporting many dogs and volunteering for various events over the years. I love Coco's as an organization and have made many friends that share the same passion for rescuing animals. I am excited to be the new Program and Event Coordinator and look forward to meeting and working with all of our amazing supporters. My hope is to build relationships with fosters/ supporters, businesses and other organizations to grow as a rescue with more events, fundraisers and community involvement.
Aside from rescue, I work at a childrens clothing store and love it! I am a single mom of 3 beautiful kids. Caedence (9yr), Cohen (6yr) and Morgan (2.5ys). When I find free time I like to get my nails done, see a movie or catch up with friends. I have a small obsession with pineapples that is noticable if you ever glance in my office. :) And I absolutely love goats!
Office Hours Manager
Hi there! I'm the Office Hours Manager at Coco's Heart. I help with scheduling office volunteers and locating supplies for foster families. I first got involved with Coco's Heart Dog Rescue when my husband and I adopted our dog, Delphi, in 2012. Delphi is a spunky, loving and sweet 10 lb Cairn terrier mix and has pretty much been the queen of our household since the day she joined our family! When CHDR opened its office in 2014, I jumped at the chance to volunteer and give back to this amazing organization.
Administrative & Support Coordinator
I became involved with Coco's Heart Dog Rescue a couple years ago when my mother asked me to help with a transport from a reservation bringing two dogs to Coco's Heart. Upon arriving at the shelter I wasn't sure what to expect; my dog is a rescue but I had never been part of the behind the scenes. We arrived to pick up Jewels and Dax, my heart broke for them. It was in that moment I realized the true importance of rescue organizations. After that day, I followed Dax and Jewels stories. Dax needed orthopedic surgery and specialized training and went on to find a loving forever family. Jewels found an amazing foster family who planned to adopt her and gave her infinite love. Unfortunately Jewels was diagnosed with terrible disease and I realized the devastating reality that not every dog gets a happy ending but because of Coco's Heart Dog Rescue and her incredible foster family Jewels knew unconditional love, comfort and peace.
My husband and I reside in Hudson, WI and love our amazing community. You can often find us out and about with our three dogs, Blue, Nova, and Meeka!
I have been involved in a few boxer rescues since 2002 and started volunteering with Coco’s Heart Dog Rescue by doing transports in 2016. Then I started fostering and now I absolutely love my role as Intake Coordinator because I get to meet so many dogs! You can often hear me say “This is the beginning of the good life” as I help them get out of their transport vehicle, to their photo, and sent off with their foster parent. I am blessed to know so many wonderful animal-spirited people that give so much of themselves to help a dog in need. My full time job is working at the front desk at TLC Veterinary Clinic in Oakdale which is one of CHDR partner clinics so it is so fun to get to meet dogs at intake and then get to see them at the clinic! My favorite rescue sayings that sum up how I feel about my volunteer work are “Rescue is not what I do, it is who I AM” and “Who Rescued Who? I truly feel that dog rescue is my purpose in life and I look forward to helping many more dogs! In my free time I enjoy doing just about anything with my three furkids, Leroy, Ralph, & Sadie such as: visiting their grandma, enjoying a nature hike, taking a pontoon ride at the cabin, or just cuddling on the couch. When I must leave the house, I like to ride motorcycle with my husband, Francis and spend time with family and friends!
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 adoption applications and work with each applicant in helping them find their perfect match. I also manage and run the Coco's Heart website. In my free time, I enjoy riding my beautiful mare, Gibby, spending time with my fiance and our two CHDR alumni's, Cane (pictured here) and our spunky chihuahua puppy, Macy.
Transport, Supplies, & Intake Coordinator
Biography to come!
Promotional Events Coordinator
I joined Coco’s Heart Dog Rescue as a foster parent in February of 2011. I had “puppy fever” and was excited to welcome cute little puppies to my home. I quickly realized that fostering was so much more than puppy kisses. Fostering is exhausting and emotional yet so worth it! It’s amazing to see the transformation of each dog as they settle into a loving foster home. Over the years, I have fostered a wide variety of dogs both young and old. I must say, senior dogs are my favorite now!
One of the things I enjoy most about volunteering with the rescue is meeting other people who share my passion and love for rescue dogs. If it weren’t for Coco’s Heart, I never would have crossed paths with so many amazing, caring and compassionate people. I am grateful for the lifelong friends I’ve made through Coco’s Heart.
In 2013 I became a Foster Mentor for Coco’s Heart. Through this role, I get to help welcome new foster families to Coco’s Heart. I always look forward to sharing my experiences and supporting new families on their fostering journey.
I also hold a position as a Promotional Event Coordinator. This role gives me the opportunity to advocate for our rescue mission in a variety of ways. Anyone who knows me well knows I could talk about rescue dogs for hours on end so this role is the perfect fit!
When I’m not busy volunteering with the rescue, I enjoy spending time with my dog, Olaf, and my husband, Adam.
I became involved with Coco's Heart in April of 2015. I can't say enough how much I have enjoyed this decision. I have met so many wonderful dedicated people. I missed fostering since I moved back to the area from California in May of 2014 after having been very involved in a small pit bull rescue in the SF Bay area. My two dogs, Howie and Hanna are both foster fails from that rescue and fostering helps keep them on their toes. They are now 10 and 8 and I've discovered that they do best with puppies so that has been my focus. My Hanna is deaf, and she is such a good mentor to puppies that she surprises me sometimes. Maybe it helps because she doesn't hear them barking?
In addition to fostering, I help to make sure there are dogs at our weekly adoption showcases, help with events, assist with home visits and adoptions to some of our new foster families as well as work in the office one afternoon a week. This keeps me out of trouble and gives me the opportunity to talk dogs! How perfect could that be?
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.