I first became involved with Coco’s Heart Dog Rescue in 2013 when I adopted my lab mix Ranger. After seeing how much joy Ranger brought to my life and the lives of my family members, I started to foster so that other families could find their forever companions the same way I did. Fostering is truly a life-changing experience and getting the privilege of taking part in these dogs’ journeys made me realize how passionate I am about rescue. In summer of 2018 I made the change from a career in Higher Education to working as the Fundraising, Program, and Events Coordinator with Coco’s Heart. My role with Coco’s allows me to work with both humans and dogs and I am so thankful for the wonderful human and canine friends I’ve made through this organization.
I currently reside in St. Paul with my husband, Seth, and our two Coco’s Heart alumni Ranger and Hank. When not working in rescue, I enjoy hiking and camping, trying new breweries, and traveling.
Director of Operations
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.
Foster Coordinator of MN | Events Committee
I adopted my little Lucy (pictured) in November of 2017 through Coco’s Heart Dog Rescue. Lucy showed me how much love rescue dogs have to give, and how important it is for rescue dogs to find their perfect forever home. After having Lucy for a couple of months, her foster mom reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in becoming a foster for Coco’s Heart myself.
I joined CHDR’s foster team in May of 2018 and I dove head first into rescue. Fostering turned into not just my passion, but almost my obsession. I’ve found that volunteering for CHDR has gotten me to challenge myself; with each dog comes a new experience, and each makes for a rewarding and happy ending when they find their forever home!
The CHDR family is one of a kind, and I’m glad to have landed in an organization so loving and supportive of one another. In addition to fostering and overseeing my foster team, I also assist with planning and coordinating events for CHDR which allows me to meet and interact with lots of different rescue dogs, their fosters, other CHDR volunteers, and our amazing supporters.
My incredibly supportive boyfriend and I live in Somerset, WI with our two rescued, fur-kids – Lucy and Mowgli.
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.
Events Committee Member
I first got involved with Coco's in August of 2017 when I saw a plea for help due to post-hurricane shelter overflow. I live in what some would consider cabin country; about 45 minutes north of the Twin Cities with my fiancé Mike and our goofy resident golden retriever, Piper (pictured, tongue out in typical fashion). While I live quite far away from Coco's Heart based out of Hudson, I have not once regretted my decision. I chose Coco's Heart over many other great rescues out there because it's an organization based on ethics, deploys a strong and organized team and has an amazing support system.
I am inspired to see them grow their reach across Minnesota, Wisconsin and beyond and am happy to be a part of it as a member of the events planning committee. Coco's heart doesn't just help dogs, it connects people. Their events often combine the things I love the most (like wine & dogs or breweries & dogs, alright, drinking with friends & dogs). PS: We're always looking for volunteers to join the fun!
Administrative & Support Coordinator
I became involved with Coco's Heart Dog Rescue in 2015 when I assisted with a transport from a reservation bringing two dogs to Coco's Heart. I continued to volunteer for Coco's Heart and followed Dax and Jewels stories closely. Dax needed orthopedic surgery and specialized training, he went on to find a loving forever family. It amazed me how much Coco's Heart did to make sure Dax received the medical care he needed, and very much deserved. Now working for CHDR, I know how much time and care goes into each dog Coco's Heart welcomes, I continue to be amazed at the dedication to quality vet care and the lengths Coco's Heart will go to give the dogs everything they need and more.
My husband and I have fostered many dogs over the last few years, having a true soft spot for the extra scared, feral and shy dogs who need a little more help socializing and trusting. We have fostered numerous litters and even adopted one of the pups, Nova who just made her self at home from the very beginning. I can say with an honest heart, fostering is not easy, but it is always worth it. Each one of our fosters we have loved as our own and watching them grow and blossom in their forever families makes it all worth it.
My husband and I reside in Hudson, WI and love our amazing community and three fur-babies; Meeka, Blue and Nova. We are excited to be welcoming our first human baby in 2019 and continue to be excited for what the future holds for us and Coco's Heart!
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) , our spunky chihuahua, Macy and our boxer, Jordy.
Transport Assistant Coordinator
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Transport, Supplies, & Intake Coordinator
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Events Committee Member
I became involved with Coco’s Heart back in 2015 when my husband Matt and I moved to Maplewood, MN and started looking at rescues for adoptable dogs. I saw a posting on facebook about a bake sale/adoption event being put on by Cocos Heart and we decided to go and donate some baked goods and see what dogs were there. That was the day we met our dog Ramona, and we fell in love with her instantly. After we adopted her, I knew I wanted to give back to the rescue that gave us our dream dog, and I have continued to be involved with Coco’s Heart ever since as a foster and event volunteer.
I am so happy to be working with such an amazing rescue and a great team of volunteers. It is important to me to give back to the rescue and community by working with Cocos Heart, and I could not be more excited to see what other fantastic events we come up with in the future. Plus, I get to hang out with dogs all the time – who wouldn’t want that?!
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?