Meet Our Volunteers
The people shown on this page are our volunteers and fosters. Without their dedication and the love that they provide to our animals, we would not be able to save the lives of these wonderful dogs.
Name: Teresa and Chuck A.
I foster in the Bryan Area.
Name: Sandy A
I work applications
Name: Debbi A.
Austin Area: I love Pyrs.
Name: Frank A
I am a long time Foster who takes in the hard to work with dogs that have special needs or training issues. I admit I foster fail a lot which is why I take only a special few dogs. Being retired I have the time to work with them on my ranch outside of Dime Box.
Name: Carol B
Austin Area: Mom of Yeti and Lovable Sam she helps where she can.
Name: Kaaren B
I help with processing applications, answering voice mails and doing house checks. We rescued our first Great Pyrenees, Stranger, about 40 years ago without knowing what breed he was; we only knew he was starving and needed our help. We were blessed to have him 7 years. We adopted our Toby from TGPR in 2009. Toby provided much comfort to patients at M.D. Anderson Hospital as a therapy dog. We rescued a Pyr Mix, Sadie, about 3 years ago. She is also a therapy dog; we are in training preparing to join a new Animal Assisted Therapy group in the Granbury area.
Name: Sarah B.
Name: Kellie B
I foster in the Houston area!
Name: Lisa Bond
Lisa is a foster in the Bryan/College station area. She has been active in Rescue for many years and presently is specializing in fostering dogs with medical needs who need a quiet place to recover and a watchful eye. Her dogs Chico and Calypto are always happy to have a new pal to visit.
Name: Phil Bush and Katie Parker
San Antonio Area: Ghost (golden/pyr mix) is the reason we do what we do. We never know what a dog went through before they came to us, but providing a safe and happy home, even if just for a short time, is such a gratifying experience.
Name: Joe and Nikki Caldwell
One is never enough.
Name: Theresa C
Austin Area: After adopting Muffin I was hooked. I work behind the scenes helping where I can.
Name: Linda C
Hi. I foster in the DFW area!!
Name: Didi C.
Foster in the Houston Area
Name: Lauri C
Houston Area: Once Levi came into my life I was hooked.
Name: Nicole C
I foster in the DFW area!
Name: Rhonda C.
Name: Julie and Ray C
We foster in the DFW area.
Name: Ron and Ginger
After adopting "French" (now called King) we realized that there too many dogs not to help by fostering.
Name: Rhonda D
Hi, I am a very active dog lover in the Dallas Area!
Name: Elaine D
DFW Area: I foster dogs over 3. My 10 year old pup isn't up to dealing with those yong'ns
Name: Theresa Dickson
Theresa is very active with TGPR. She is one of our best as she spends tireless hours answering emails and processing applications. She also is the proud Momma of two TGPR Alumni Sadie and Hondo.
Name: Mark Domingues
Mark runs our Katy Mills Meet and Greets every 2nd Sunday of the month. He is dedicated to helping people learn about Pyrs and finding them homes. Come out an meet him and some Pyrs.
Houston Area: I took a break and now I am back.
Name: Kaitlin D.
Dallas Area: I am part of the LGD program. Training and evaluating Livestock Guarding Dogs
Name: Damian E.
I foster in the DFW area!
Name: Kathy E.
Hi, I foster for TGPR.
Name: Katie E
Austin Area: I joined TGPR in January 2017 and its been fast and furious since then! Intake, new volunteers, transports, evaluations, fostering, events, adoptions. Austin area is growing by leaps and bounds! I loved EVERY MINUTE!!!
Helping with applications, home checks, transports
Name: Donna F
Fostering is a great way to give back and it's easy as the supplies are provided.
Name: Jim and Corey Flanagan
Hi everyone, I'm Corey...half of the Flanagan fosters. My husband and I recently joined the TGPR to help Morgan, who has since become a wonderful addition to our family...if only for a while!!! We found her living on a chain, in her own waste with only a barrel for shelter and knew we had to try an do something to help her. After contacting the TGPR and with their guidance, we now foster Morgan who lives a wonderful dog life waiting for her furever family. In the meantime, we are working with Petsense and Tractor Supply Company to establish a rescue relationship so that our side of the DFW Metroplex can become a solution to the overwhelming pet population too. We looking forward to meeting and thanking everyone involved with the TGPR!!! I also want to thank my husband Jim, who has been so supportive of this new path in our lives. Thanks honey...you're the best!!
Name: Kena F.
Name: Carla F
I foster in the DFW area!
Name: Yvonne Freed
Yvonne is the Houston Area Coordinator and a Board member. She spends tireless hours working to help dogs and the fosters she works with.
Name: Keedra G.
I foster in the Houston Area
Name: Candice G
Fostering is very rewarding.
Name: Lisa H.
ONE TIME FOSTER
Name: Beth H
Dallas Area: I am one of the LGD (Livestock Guardian Dogs) evaluates and trainers.
Name: Karen and Tim Heitman
Tim and I adopted our first Great Pyrenees through TGPR in Sept 2008. We named her Mercy, which means showing compassion to victims of misfortune. She lived out the last 18 months of her life with us and we feel blessed to have been part of her life. Once our hearts healed, we decided to become foster parents for TGPR. Out of the 19 fosters we have had (and counting), we did end up adopting TWO! Jackson came to us in May 2010 from the Denton County shelter. He was one day away from being euthanized when I pulled him on behalf of TGPR. He stole our hearts and has been our big rowdy boy ever since. In March 2013, we adopted 8 month old Huckleberry Heitman (or just Huck as we call him). He came to us through a Good Samaritan who found him wandering her neighborhood, skinny and tagless. Aside from fostering, we also take photos of new DFW rescues for the website and Petfinder. Yu will see us at the monthly adoption events and at annual events such as our parades and Hawaiian Falls Day. What a rewarding experience it has been to help these beautiful creatures find their forever homes. I encourage everyone to share in the fostering experience. It will change your lives forever.
Name: Glanda and Dan Herrin
Hill Country: We do house checks and transports.
Name: Melissa H.
I foster in the San Antonio area
Name: Robert H.
Austin Area: I help with evaluating dogs for possible intake and doing transports.
Name: Chris J.
Name: Niki J
Name: Vicky J
Vicky is known as are our puppy Momma in the Houston area. She specializes in fostering just puppies.
Name: Randy J.
Randy works the Katy Mills Meet and Greet the 2nd Sunday of every Month with his dog Aristotle.
Name: Vanessa J
Austin Area: Foster
Name: Dana K
Houston Area: I work from home so I have time to spend with my pups.
Name: The Kettermans
It's so important to give these dogs a second chance at life.
Name: David K
Name: Tobi K
I work with training and evaluating LGDs.
Name: Liza L.
has moved to SouthCarolina but is willing to do housecheck if ever needed.
Name: Mike L.
HI! My name is Mike, and I have fostered dogs and cats for several years. I first got involved with rescue when I fostered a mother cat and 2 four week old kittens for a soldier who spent 11 months in Iraq. It was very difficult to give up the kittens once the soldier came home, but the experience so enriched my life that within a week I had volunteered at a local rescue as a foster. In February of 2007, I adopted my first Saint Bernard, an 8 week old puppy that I named Remy, and I fell in love with the breed. In the picture to the left, you can see Remy sitting in (on) my lap. I have also uploaded a picture of Remy as an 8-week old puppy, primarily because he is so much more photogenic than I am. In December, 2008, I adopted Sammy, my Great Pyrenees. That's him sitting in my chair just before I left for work. He's 180 lbs and just a pudgy. He needs to go to a doggy Fat Camp. He is a big sweet puppy and epitomizes everything that the Great Pyrenees breed is all about.
Name: Sandra L
HI. I am foster for the Houston Area
Name: Andrea L
I volunteer and live in the Houston area.
Name: Lin and Herb Lichtenberg
Lin and Herb have been married for eons. Their kids are grown, but the dog portion of the family keeps expanding! They have 4 Pyrenees girls from TGPR (Annie, Lacy,Schatzi,and Carlie), a Pit/boxer mix, and a Chow/Sharpei mix. All the dogs come from rescue situations. They like to joke that it's a good thing they are both nuts about animals! Lin is the secretary for the Board and the San Antonio Area Coordinator.
Name: Alex Marshall
Hi. I am new to fostering but my entire family is looking forward to getting involved.
Name: Julie Mattox
Hi I am a puppy foster in the Spring, TX area. I absolutely love dogs and they are my "kids". I adopted a Great Pyrenees (Dixie) in March of 2011 and then a Pyrenees/Shepherd mix puppy in December of 2011. I also have two Chihuahuas that are failed fosters from a few years ago. No more "permanent" room at the inn but we (my dogs and I) love to foster puppies!
Name: Don and Janet McGovern
Raising Boer Goats under the watchful eye of our wonderful Pyrs Quinton and Quigley on 11 acres in Poetry, Texas [8 mi. N of Terrell.] We have 5 additional rescue dogs: Larry a Terrier mix (M), Garth a Rhod.Ridgeback mix(M), Jake a Pointer mix(M), and Gus a Catahoola mix(M), Buddy Lab/pit (M).
Name: Jessica M
I foster dogs and provide sanctuary for some horses.
Name: Jessica M
San Antonio Area: I foster and help where I can. Her mom is Rhonda... They adopted Sunflower (who they rescued initially) in 2018
Helping with applications
Name: Laurie M
Austin Area: I help where I can when I can.
Stephanie is moving to Virginia in June 2018, but will be available long distance to assist with applications and house checks if near-by. Was a very valued member of the San Antonio team while she and husband Steve were posted here
Name: Emily and Jacob M
San Antonio Area volunteer
Name: Cynthia Nesser
I have been saving animals since I was a child. I had never met a Great Pyrenees until I moved to Houston in 2001. Since then I have fostered so many pyrs. Great Pyrenees... a wonderful breed. I have Harry Snoodles Nesser. He is about 5 years old and a cancer survivor. My husband tolerates my fosters... but when he met Harry he knew he was a keeper. There is nothing like saving a Gentle Giant from death, mistreatment and neglect. Its the ultimate "fixeruper" for the pyr and for your soul. Its amazing how fast they improve with love, attention and proper treatment.
Name: John Paonessa
Hi my wife and I are known as the puppy whisperers. Once upon a time, I was researching the GP breed, because of how big and fluffy they are, and came across TGPR. My wife and I decided to foster and volunteer. Not long after we started fostering, my first fail came in the door. My first foster failure is the famous Chloe Baby, of "Chloe's Daily Diary" FB page. I knew when she walked through the door that she had found her forever home and family with us. Chloe showed her appreciation by having her babies on our couch 3 days later. She was so skinny you couldn't even tell she was pregnant. I enjoy fostering mamas,their babies, and pregnant mamas. I love puppies! Part of the fun of fostering the puppies is, the puppy breath and kisses, but definitely not the stinky part! But when one leaves for their furever home, we can bring in another pup in need! I also am the Newsletter Editor.
Name: Carol Paonessa
Hi I'm one half of the puppy whisperers duo. My hubby John is the other half. I'm also the Livestock Guardian and Hobby Farm Dog Coordinator. We foster mamas and their new babies, mamas about to have their babies and abandoned puppies. We are suckers for puppies LOL ! Nothing better than puppy breath and kisses!! I love helping these beautiful gentle giants find their furever families, homes and jobs whether it be for the companion or working furkins. They make it very easy to want to help them because they are so loving,loyal and protective of their humans and animals that are part of their extended family.It's a wonderful feeling being a part of making this happen for them. I think we all agree that every animal deserves a loving home and a safe place to call their own. So lets get it done together🐾🐾
Name: Shikha Parikh Singh
DFW Area: I do home checks, Meet and Greets, and am Mom to TGPR alum Wayne now known as BabyBear
Name: Becky Petrusky
Hello Everyone! Al & I have been involved with rescue for many years. After 10 years of planning, we have been blessed with the adoption of several Pyrs. You can't have the "yin" without a "yang" thus Starry Night the Newfoundland came to join us. During our younger years we dreamed of farm life but just not the right timing. Now that our kids are grown, this enables us to do parades, meet-and-greets and additional public rescue awareness events throughout the DFW metro. We all know rescue work is never done. We welcome anyone that wishes to do any kind of volunteer work whether it be for us or any of God's creatures, great and small. True, it is a tough day sometimes, but when you see the adopted dogs with their new families it just makes all those rough days a faint memory. If you want to volunteer with us, just fill out a volunteer application at txpyrs.org. Nice to have met you. See ya at the dog park! Have a Pyrfect Day today!
Name: Jan P
Austin Area: Cannot foster? Well Jan is one of our many hard working volunteers that works behind the scenes. She is a prime example of how you can help even if you are not able to foster a dog.
Name: Valerie P
I foster in the Katy area and love working with Pyrs.
Savitha simply loves dogs. She and her husband own Fido's Home. As if that wasn't enough dogs for them they also foster.
Name: Julie R
San Antonio Area: I am a behind the scenes person that helps keep things running smoothly.
Name: Laura R
Laura is one of our go to people when it comes to transport. She is always on the go moving dogs from here to there!
Husband is John Mark. DJ is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant. Finder/foster for Blanca in May 2017
Name: Alan R.
Fostering, helping with social media and our newsletter, I found lots of ways to help TGPR.
Name: Judy R
Name: Nikki R. and Chris C.
Austin Area: We are excited to be fosters and look forward to being involved.
Name: Lesa Sandusky
1 Pyr is never enough!
Name: James S.
Name: Elizabeth and Kyle S
We are fosters in the Austin area and so excited to be part of this group
Name: Amy S
Fostering is rewarding.
Name: Katie S
I foster in the San Antonio area!
Name: James and Brooke Smith
James has been fostering with his family since he was 10 years old. He and his wife are very active fostering and doing meet and greats.
Name: Tatiena S.
Name: Stacy Smith
Hi! Back in the spring of 2003, I adopted my first dog, a Great Pyrenees/Siberian Husky mix named Samwise (like the hobbit). Before Sam, I didn't know what a Great Pyrenees was. Sam was my heart and soul. Sadly, he died in April of 2014 after a long battle with Addison's disease. Sam had a Siamese mix cat, Dobby (rhymes with Bobby), who was his bestie. Dobby and I are now fostering to honor Sam's memory. I love to run and go on long walks, yoga, pilates and hanging out with friends.
Name: Sarah S.
I am an LGD foster.
Name: Leah S
I foster in the Houston Area
Name: Christi S.
San Antonio Volunteer: I foster puppies!!!
Name: Kathleen T.
DFW Area: I help answer voicemails and emails
Name: Shawn T
I love fostering! I'm in the Seguin Aarea!
Name: Shawn Marie
Hi I am in the San Antonio Area. I have few chickens and 2 Nubian doe goats at my place. I look forward to training dog to be with these animals.
Name: Rob T
Fostering saves lives
Volunteer and foster in the Dallas area
Name: Tommy T
Tommy specializes in evaluation and training of LGDs. Those who know him call him a Dog Whisper he is that good with dogs!
Name: Andrea T
So looking forward to getting started
Name: Lisa Tucker and Family
Lisa and her family are very familar with Canine Rescue. They help with the Cocker Spaniels as well as the Great Pyrs. As you can see from their picture, their son gets right in there and loves on all the doggies. They live in the Grand Prairie, Texas area of the DFW Metro.
Name: Patti Watson
Hi, I am in New Mexico but am a behind the scenes volunteer. You don't have to live in Texas to be a help. Happy to do home checks!!
Name: Sherry Weidman
Sherry is a frequent volunteer at our Katy Meet and Greets the 3rd Saturday of every month. She is the mother of TGPR alumni Axel.
Name: Courtney W
Name: Susan W.
I help where I can.
Name: Patti W
I am the Transport Coordinator for TGPR. I help with evaluations and fundraising. There is so much that you still can do if you cannot foster!
Name: Bruce Wood
Was a foster for SPIN out of Dallas for years, but now just wishes to help out in general...no fostering. Wife's name is Roseann.