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.
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 two dogs, Blue and Meeka!
I have always grown up with dogs. We started off with just two, then when I was a teenager we slowly made our way up to 7 family dogs. Whether they were the puppy from our litter that we just couldn't part with, to a dog we reclaimed after being neglected, to a dog being dropped off at our home with a note-we always said yes to a dog in need, so volunteering for Coco's Heart was second nature to me. I started out working at a vet clinic cleaning kennels as a way to be with animals when I was 15. I worked my way up to Veterinary Technician and continued for 7 years. After I left the field I wanted to find a way to help animals profoundly the way I could at a vet clinic. I began fostering dogs, mainly litters of puppies, about 9 years ago. I began fostering with CHDR about 4 years ago and will never leave! I feel blessed to continue as a Foster Mentor after foster failing Big Mac-a CHDR foster, making him dog #3 in my home. I also have Sage-6 yo lab/golden retriever, and Jenkins-3 yo boxer/pit mix. I have three cats-Kiki, Baby Cat and Luna, along with a 7 yo daughter.
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.
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!
Transport & Intake Coordinator
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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! I am a big softie when it comes to animals -I 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!
We adopted our dog Pepper from Coco's Heart in 2014 and after making it through the puppy stages, I decided I wanted to give back and help other dogs. I started with transport and eventually became more involved through fostering, coordinating Senior Buddy visits and assisting the Event and Fundraising Coordinator. I love being a part of Coco's and have formed great friendships through working together to rescue more dogs. My grown daughters are also volunteers and one of them has two Coco's alumni. We are a Coco's family for sure! In my free time I like hanging out with my horses and spending time with family and friends.
Promotional Events Coordinator | Foster Mentor
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.
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.
Foster Coordinator | Foster Mentor
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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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