Kim founded and ran Rural Dog Rescue as a one man band in June of 2011. It all started with saving one border collie and it grew from there. Already heavily connected in the pet industry she thought it would be a crime to not use the contacts she had to save animals. Kim currently serves as the Executive Director of Rural Dog Rescue which entaiils overseeing all board members and chief coordinators. She is also the liason between the shelters, transport, veterinarians and trainers. Her greatest joy in rescue comes from seeing our underdogs live the happy lives they deserve.
When not at Rural Dog Rescue, you can find Kim at her day job as Owner of Howl To The Chief a DC based upscale pet food store.
Sabrina Porta, Marketing Coordinator
Sabrina joined the Rural Dog Rescue team to make a difference and get free dog cuddles. Sabrina is a Detroit transplant and relocated to DC in 2012 for a career-move. She manages RDR's marketing and social media efforts with a team of volunteers, with the main goal being adoptions! Outside of volunteering with RDR, Sabrina enjoys trying new restaurants, yoga, dog parks and watching Soccer and lives in Shirlington with her husband Michael, Trina the Pitbull, and Lola the Tortie Cat.
Ali Legros, Vice President
Ali began volunteering with Rural Dog Rescue when she moved to D.C. in 2013. She thought this would be a great way to meet new people in a new city and get her dog fix all at once! Ali has been a lifelong animal lover having had guinea pigs, cats, turtles, and of course dogs all her life. Currently, Ali manages our website, social media, veterinarian relations, adoption applications, operations and any other tasks that need completing. Ali also is a RDR rescue mom, adopting Crimmy in 2014 with her now fiancé, Sean.
When not doing Rural Dog activities, Ali can be found atthe Ambulatory Surgery Center Association working with state legislatures on improving healthcare in their states or chasing after Crimmy, who keeps escaping her apartment to hang out with the maintenance men in 70 Capitol Yards.
Valeska Ruiken, Adoption Coordinator
Valeska moved from Norway to DC in early 2019 to be with her now-husband. She started volunteering at RDR to meet new four and two-legged friends at weekly adoption events and liked it so much that she soon stepped up her involvement to include processing and coordinating adoption applications. When she is not busy forcing handsome pups to take pictures with her or writing about herself in third person, she enjoys hiking, drinking beer and discovering new products in American grocery stores.
Abegail Cave, Foster Coordinator
Abegail started fostering with Rural Dog Rescue in 2015 after passing by a weekend adoption event. She's fostered over a dozen dogs long-term and too many short-term dogs to count. Now, Abegail oversees the RDR foster team. Her favorite part is greeting dogs after transport and watching them get settled in foster and forever homes. When she's not volunteering with RDR, Abegail is spoiling her RDR alum, Bison (fka Lucky), working for a consulting firm, and training for her next half marathon.