Our Volunteers


Liz Delano


Liz Delano is the Event Leader for DSR and also runs its Retail Operations. She is an Emergency Room nurse at St. Francis Hospital and has been there since 2007. Helping those in need has always been important to her, especially helping animals that cannot help themselves. She has yet to find a dog (or animal) that she does not fall in love with. In her spare time, Liz loves walking her pups on the trails by the Farmington river. She started volunteering in 2015 with her husband, Ted. They currently live with two dogs, one cat, and a salt water fish tank in Burlington. Liz is excited and honored to be a part of such a wonderful organization.

Wendy Dobrindt

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Wendy Dobrindt is the Fundraising Leader for DSR.   She started her work with DSR in March, 2016 and volunteers at most events.   She works as a Finance Director in the Insurance Industry.  She has two very spoiled cocker spaniels, Maddie and Roddy; who was intended to be a short term foster, but decided he never wanted to leave her home and became a forever family member on 12/29/16.

Dan McCabe


Dan McCabe is the rescue President and is a rescue jack of all trades master of a few.  He is dedicated to moving the organization forward along with the scores of other dedicated dog loving volunteers with the goal of saving as many homeless dogs as possible.  In his other full time job Dan is an Insurance Compliance Director.  Dan makes his home with Ellen 2 dogs, 2 cats and an occasional guest on its way to their forever home.

Ellen McCabe


Ellen McCabe is the Intake Coordinator of Dog Star Rescue. Ellen is a 5th grade teacher and lives in Avon, CT with her husband Dan, dogs Carter and Redd, and cats Inky and Binky. She and her husband
helped start DSR after being involved in rescue work for several years. She has a lot of fun working along side great volunteers and feels the best part of rescue is seeing a dog meet their forever family for the first time.

Michael Park

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Michael Park is Transport Coordinator, assigning volunteers for the pick-up of incoming dogs every Saturday from our southern colleagues and, along with his wife Jan Beatty, acting as Point Person at one of the pick-up sites, making sure all the paperwork is in order and that all the dogs are safely transported. He retired as a professor of anthropology at Central Connecticut State University after forty-one years there. He and Jan currently share their home with two Labrador retrievers and two cats.

Karen Potterton


Karen is our Foster Coordinator who also volunteers at almost all DSR Events and works with our Behavior/Training Team.  She started volunteering with DSR in 2014 when she retired after spending almost 40 years in the Insurance Industry in various Management and Consulting roles.  Karen currently has 3 rescue dogs and 1 rescue cat that are a part of her family. Karen’s greatest dream is to find a home for all the dogs we take in!

Bryan Rourke

One of the Dog Star Rescue volunteers sits behind his german shephard mix that he adopted through the rescue program
Bryan Rourke manages DSR’s relationships with veterinarians as well as the two kennels where we board our dog stars, Roaring Brook and Kessler Farms.  He also oversees our popular dog walking program.  Bryan is a producer for ESPN and Farmington Volunteer Firefighter (Tunxis Hose Co. 1).  He is the proud owner of Patton, a rescue shepherd.

Jim Walter


Jim is Dog Star Rescue’s Volunteer Coordinator in addition to being a screener and screening mentor.  He was Associate Vice President of Communications and Marketing at the University of Connecticut, retiring in 2012.  He is a former volunteer Emergency Medical Technician and for ten years was a member of the Cranbury (NJ) First Aid Squad, serving as the organization’s president for two years.

Ali Wasley


Ali Wasley is the Dog Star Rescue Treasurer. She played a large part in the development and documentation of the accounting team’s processes and controls and is very active in the fundraising/grant writing groups and financial reporting. She volunteers at most events and enjoys getting to know each DSR pup. Ali lives in West Hartford with her two dogs and is an Audit Manager for the public accounting firm, BlumShapiro. She has been a passionate Dog Star member since May of 2016.

Sue Zeppa


Sue Zeppa is the Screening Leader for DSR. She spends her days as a registered nurse in Interventional Radiology, and enjoys music festivals and brewery hopping.  An avid animal lover, Sue shares her home with four dogs of her own, as well as frequently fostering for DSR. She has also been training and competing her young horse, Oliver, in eventing. Sue has been with DSR since 2015 and is truly proud to be a part of such an amazing rescue.

Sue Budde

Sue Budde, board of directors member for Dog Star Rescue

Sue Budde oversees much of our bookkeeping.  She also volunteers in many other areas, including screening, volunteer event organization and one off projects.  She works at the Canton Chamber of Commerce as their office manager and is a member of the Rotary Club of Avon-Canton.  Sue is also a member of the Farmington Valley Visitors Association board of directors.

Volunteer Spotlight

Dog Star Rescue is fortunate to have a large number of volunteers that dedicate their time and expertise to make our organization special and successful. Periodically, we like to shine the spotlight on a volunteer whose contributions are extra special. Please take a moment to see and read about these special volunteers, both past and presentClick on picture to read the spotlight story.

Edie Bonneville

Edie Bonneville Volunteer Spotlight Pic

Jenn Brown

Jenn Brown Volunteer

The Cogshalls

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Kelsey Deutsch

Kelsey Deutsch Volunteer Spotlight Picture

Kyle and Hayley Haspeslagh

Kyly Hayley Haspeslagh Volunteer Spotlight

Christy Hoffman

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Liz Howard

Liz Howard Volunteer Spotlight Pic

Steve Pflederer
(In Memoriam)

Steve Pflederer Volunteer Spotlight

Sydney Shugdinis

Syd Shugdinis Volunteer Spotlight

Ali Wasley

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