Where to begin… Robin has always had a love for animals since she was just a little girl. Though challenged in the beginning by what she’d been exposed to in the rescue world, her love has grown in to a “passion” and she realized there was no longer a choice and her purpose is to save as many dogs as she can. The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milan is her favorite show; she recognized how critical it is to learn and share awareness of rehabilitating dogs and training people.
Robin had been saving dogs on her own and through other rescue groups for 5+ years when she finally decided to grow her own rescue and spread selflessness to these precious creatures who give and teach us so much as therapy dogs, military dogs and companion dogs. She believes in unconditional love, tolerance, forgiveness, educating children on how to respect and be responsible, opening our hearts and so much more. Her experiences through the years have proved how special these animals are. She is a huge advocate against animal abuse or neglect, and stands for tough laws for the voiceless.Contact Robin
Kate has loved dogs all her life. She is one of those annoying people who can’t let a dog pass by without stopping you to ask what kind of dog it is, how old and if it can be pet — takes a long time to walk up Church Street!
Kate grew up with a Boarder Terrier named Ida who was her best friend. She graduated form UVM in 2003 and has been full time dental hygienist in Burlington since. Shortly after graduation she met her husband and together they got a dog. At 23 and 27 years old they had no idea what they were in for. He was a terrier mix and his name was Duncan. Through trial and error with Duncan they learned a lot about how to handle the unexpected. He was the center of their lives for 12 years. In 2014 he died suddenly and unexpectedly. They were at a loss. Unsure if they were ready for another dog yet or what type of dog they were looking for fostering seemed like a great idea.
On July 4, 2015 they meet there first foster at transport. His name was Brodie and 4 days later they officially adopted him. A few months later they were ready for another foster. Taco came off transport underweight and scared, but tail wagging. Taco was adopted by them 2 weeks later. Both Brodie and Taco were hours away from euthanasia when Passion 4 Paws stepped in and saved them. Taco needed expensive veterinary care to treat heartworm which the rescue covered. If it weren’t for Passion 4 Paws, Brodie and Taco would not be here. Kate and JP volunteer with Passion 4 Paws to help give other dogs a chance at finding there happily ever afters. Kate partners with Jeannine to organize and support our fosters and volunteers.
Tamara is an animal lover and a firm believer in second chances. She joined the rescue community back in 2012 when she began fostering rescued dogs in need via Potters Angels Rescue. Having grown up around animals, this came naturally and continued to be a truly rewarding and fulfilling experience as she went on to foster 60+ dogs over the years; all shapes, sizes, breeds and ages with a soft spot for those bully breeds!
Tamara teamed up with Robin in 2013 and together they launched Passion 4 Paws, the newest and hippest of dog rescues here in Chittenden County. In addition to fostering, she heads up the planning and marketing of our fundraising and adoption events within our community supporting our efforts to find the best homes possible for each and every one of the dogs we save.
Jeannine and Robin have known each other for years and when she unexpectedly lost her beloved boxer mix rescue, she noticed Robin posting dogs in need of foster or adoption. Within a short time, one caught her eye and the connection was undeniable. She adopted Doug (aka Fox) in 2014 at their meet and greet (on her birthday!!). In July of 2015, she wanted to give back to this remarkable rescue and began volunteering at adoption events and fundraisers. Along came a pup in need of a foster home that pulled at her heart strings, so with the help of her husband Joe, daughter Keller, son Cameron and her two beloved dogs Benni and Doug, they have since fostered several of our success stories. With Jeannine and her family’s love and passion for dogs, they have opened their home and hearts to these very special pups.
Jeannine went on to accept the VIP role of our Foster Team Leader. She is the “go to” person that oversees all foster dogs and their families, provides assistance with resources/materials, coordinating emails, RSVP’s for adoption/fundraising events and general fostering questions/concerns. If you would like more information on our Foster Program or help with your foster write-up’s, please don’t hesitate to reach out!Contact Jeannine
Steph started volunteering at local dog rescue walking dogs and taking them out on hikes with her. The more time she spent with these dogs, the more she realized how misunderstood they were. Their stories inspired her to do more and to become more involved – so she began fostering dogs with Passion 4 Paws. Stepheni joined Passion4Paws in July 2015 and serves as the Secretary, oversees application processing and assists with fundraising and adoption events.
“I have laughed, I have cried, I have learned A LOT, but most of all I can’t imagine my life not being part of rescue. I value any role I play in helping a dog find their way… home”
And after over a year of fostering, she “ foster failed” with Abe, a young pup who came along who Steph couldn’t imagine her life without. After adopting Abe, and what this “shelter dog” has brought to her life, rescue work only became more important to her.
Her favorite days are spent out on the trail with rescue pups!Contact Stepheni
Lauren grew up in Connecticut and moved to Vermont in the Summer of 2016. Soon after, she got a very goofy, sweet, and outgoing chocolate lab, Ryder that helped her gain more experience working with dogs (they’ve completed 5 obedience classes with various trainers and hope to become a therapy dog team in the next couple years), and developed a deeper passion for working with dogs. To save money to buy a home, she started her own dog walking/sitting business on the weekends outside of her full-time job, where she worked with 35 different dogs in one year throughout Chittenden County. After gaining more experience working with various dogs and researching rescues in the Chittenden County area and hearing so many wonderful things about the attention given to every pup and their placement through Passion 4 Paws, Lauren knew she wanted to get involved.
After becoming a volunteer in the Summer of 2018, Lauren and her boyfriend bought a home and started fostering with P4P to provide a safe, loving environment that would provide pups the opportunity to learn, and knew their pup Ryder, was ready to welcome foster pups into their home. In the Spring of 2019, she learned of the Volunteer Team Leader opening and immediately knew that would be something she would love to do. Outside of her full-time job at a local tech company, Lauren loves spending time outdoors with dog, Ryder, and spending weekends helping the rescue with events, transport, and foster dogs in need of a quiet, loving, learning environment.Contact Lauren
Lindsey has loved and surrounded herself with animals her entire life growing up in rural Vermont. Whether it was rehabilitating baby birds, working at the horse farm or volunteering at the local dog shelter, she always felt driven to help the most vulnerable. It wasn’t until she adopted her dog Gracie Mae, a victim of dog fighting, that her eyes were opened to the cruelties and the need to advocate for the helpless.
She joined Passion 4 Paws and has been advocating and networking since and has not only identified rescue needs in the Carolinas but in her own state as well. On a rescue mission with Passion 4 Paws to South Carolina she had an instant connection with her second dog Asher, a neglect and cruelty case. Shortly after, she welcomed him home where he will spend the rest of his life with her and her beloved Gracie Mae, the dog that started her journey in rescue. She has since joined the HSUS Animal Rescue Team and Vermont Disaster Animal Rescue Team (VDART) and continues to coordinate in state rescue and networking of animal cruelty cases and backyard breeding.
Lindsey firmly believes that how we treat our most vulnerable and sentient beings is a sign of where we are as a society. Lindsey is grateful for the like minded rescue “family” she has met along the way and feels she has found her true purpose in life.
Jacki strongly believes that all living beings are deserving of a happy life and has spent a lifetime protecting those who lack the strength and or the ability to protect themselves. Whether it be the kitten that was dumped in the woods or the victim of a bully.
In High School, Jacki was known as the friend of the friendless. She has a degree in buying and merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology and was the Vice President of a children’s outerwear company in NYC prior to moving to Vermont. Jacki moved to Vermont in 1990 and bought a family farm where she raised her three children. She also had an equestrian center.
Jacki was a youth and community leader for twenty years. Including 4H, Girl Scouts, Camp Director, Foundation for Excellent Schools liaison, Community Event planner, Author of the grade school Anti Bullying Policy. She now manages the mail center at Middlebury College where she employs and mentors 30 college students. Doing exactly what she loves! Jacki has been rescuing animals all my life. To name a few. As an adult I rescued a parrot whose owner’s abuse caused him so much stress, he plucked all his feathers. A mare and her new born foal who was born in the mud. The mare would only drink water from a puddle when I first got her. She had never been given basic care. She has four dogs. Three of them are rescues from the south.
“My first experience with P4P’s was at the 2017 “More Love Adoption Event” That is where I met Wilson. He was the shy dog, cowering in the corner, who snapped at me when I went to pet him, my fault. I didn’t properly introduce myself. I immediately knew he was the one who needed me most and home we went. He is the sweetest, most loving dog. He just needed a person to take the time to show him he was deserving of love and help him build his confidence.”
Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever. Jacki believes in the work P4P does and is very proud to be a part of this great organization!Contact Jacki