Our pets are our family. They bring us joy, hope, and show us how to love. The staff of because I said I would would like to recognize our wonderful pets and thank them for being there for us as we change the world.
Dad: Alex Sheen, Founder
Our office dog, Kimchi, is the daughter of our Founder, Alex Sheen. She loves to visit our rooms throughout the day for progress updates and official petting time. Kimchi spends her afternoons snoring on the office couch and dreaming of a world where everyone loved their fellow humans as much as they loved their pets. Kimchi is 13 years old, diabetic and a cancer survivor. In her spare time, Kimchi enjoys snoozing, giving kisses, bringing each of us toys and cuddling.
Mom: Cassie Perez, Senior Chapter Relationship Manager
My name is Moo and I am 7 years old. My mom rescued me as a young kitten after finding me outside with my brother Milo, who now lives with my grandma. I love being the only child in our house as I do not get along with many other animals.I love sunbathing in the window, and playing with my toy mice ( affectionately called mousies). Sleeping all day and watching birds in the window is another one of my favorite pastimes. I love cuddling and getting spoiled with wet food and treats. Overall I am a happy, fat cat.
Leo and Tug Spatafore
Mom: Kay Spatafore, Chief Operating Officer and VP of Character Education
Leo is a kill shelter survivor. He is an outdoors enthusiast and loves to experience running, jumping, and the pursuit of a tennis ball. Leo is the founder of our neighborhood watch program, spending a great deal of each day making sure that everyone is aware of the mailman or other visitors to the neighborhood. In his spare time, this Jack Russell loves to watch TV (Dog Hotel is a fav) and spend time with his family. He is the epitome of lap dog.
Tug is the younger of the two adopted brothers and was referenced by the rescue as a Boston Terrier Mix, which seems to be fairly distant on the family tree. Tug is playful, kind and loves any toy with a squeaker. He is passionate about annoying his big brother and treats. Both of these boys are dedicated to a healthy lifestyle and making the world a better place one tail wag at a time.
Brother In Arms: Paul McKinney, Director of Content Development
Rufus Maximus, first of his name, was born in Athens, OH. His mother is said to have been the most beautiful beagle in the land, and his father was King of all Pugs. During the great Puggle Rebellion of 2010, Rufus, still just a wee pup, was hidden away by his mother. He spent his early years sheltered by the compassion of strangers, travelling the world tasting all the finest delicacies and searching for the perfect treat. At the dog age of 35, he was captured and imprisoned in Cleveland, OH. It was there that he was found and rescued by his brother, Paul.
Since October of 2015, Rufus has lived with his adoptive family in Cleveland Heights. To this day, he continues his lifelong pursuit of the perfect treat. You can find him on Instagram @rufuspugglekingdom.
Roxanne Amor Bermudez
Mom: Heidi Bermudez – Martin, Executive Assistant to the Founder
Roxanne who affectionately goes by Roxy or Ruzzy fills her mother’s heart with so much love. Her middle name means love in Spanish and she certainly lives up to that name. She has been a loving and important part of Heidi’s family for 14 years now.
She can always be found cuddling under her blanket while sitting on her mommy’s lap. Roxy loves to play with all her toys and getting dressed up in her beautiful outfits. She may only weigh 5lbs but she is one tough little cookie.
Mom: Kenzie Zauner, Logistics and Administrative Assistant
Bailey is a pit mix and is five years old. Being absolutely spoiled, Bailey deserves it all and is the sweetest girl ever. She loves going on walks, playing with her toys (she loves Barkbox’s), pup cups from Starbucks, and snuggling. Her only downfall is being terrified of people and barking at them (which is slowly improving). Once Bailey gets to know you, she will give you so many kisses and the best snuggles ever. She is the light of the family and Kenzie and her parent’s best friend.
Zero and Tia Blair
Mom:Samantha Blair, Corrections Program Manager
Zero is a Shiba Inu mix and Tia is a German Shepherd mix. Zero is small but mighty, he holds his own when playing with his sister, and takes on all guard dog responsibilities at home. Tia’s personal goal in life is to spread as much love to as many people as she can, and she definitely does not see her size as a barrier to becoming the world’s best lap dog. Their favorite pass time is playing tug of war, and finding the muddiest areas in the back yard to play in.