The Doobert team is very proud to be supported by and to have the insights and experience of our Professional Rescuer Advisory Board. Their insights and experience are vital to our success, and we rely on them heavily to build software and products that meet the needs of animal welfare organizations. Meet our advisory team:

Lori Rhodes-Fowler

Lori has been involved in animal rescue for the past 15+ years. She started with Badgerland GSD rescue at the beginning of her “rescue career” and when the founder of ARF’s German Shepherd Rescue was killed in a tragic vehicle accident (see Our Inspiration) Lori was asked to take over the running of ARF’s German Shepherd Rescue which she has been doing for over 10 years now. Lori sees her role in rescue as being the advocate for the animal she is adopting out; i.e. to make sure to find the best possible fit for the animal (and the humans) but primarily to insure that the animal gets the best home that Lori can give it to. Lori spends a significant amount of time and energy in ensuring the best fit, as ARFs requires a formal application for potential adopters, a home visit prior to meeting the dog, veterinary references, two personal references and two “meet and greets” prior to the adoption of any ARF dog. Lori is also very active in placing animals with police/sheriff departments and search and rescue organizations looking for animals. To ensure animals placed with these agencies are treated right, Lori requires that they are not left in a kennel facility but are treated as a lifelong member of the handlers family, and that the handler can keep the dog once its working life is done. As if all of these placement efforts was not enough, Lori also leads and manages the Wisconsin Dog Rescue list. The WDR list includes primarily Wisconsin based rescues and shelters that work together to facilitate the saving of more animals. WDR designs a yearly CD which is sent to police departments, animal shelters, animal control facilities, vet facilities, etc. in the state of Wisconsin and lists their membership and the breed of animal(s) they rescue. All of this work and marketing is so that hopefully a lot of the normally euthanized animals can go somewhere to be re-homed. Lori has served on several boards on local WI Animal Shelters, started a group that took shelter dogs and trained them as service dogs for people with physical disabilities, and she continues to advocate for the humane treatment of all animals.

Tania Rieber

Tania has been involved with professional rescue and transport for over 10 years. She started out driving transport legs for rescues and once a friend of hers found out about her passion, she encouraged Tania to get more involved in the coordination of the transports. From there Tania started learning the ropes of responsible transports such as what the proper protocols are in any given situation, and more importantly what makes a responsible rescue and a responsible transport. As she puts it, “It’s not the quantity…but the quality of the rescues they are going to.” Tania works diligently to ensure that all of the rescues or potential adopters that she is coordinating animal transport for or to are fully screened to ensure the animals are not moving from one bad situation into another. Tania is an OTRA Verified Coordinator and serves as the OTRA Wisconsin Moderator. Tania Rieber – Tania has been involved with professional rescue and transport for over 10 years. She started out driving transport legs for rescues and once a friend of hers found out about her passion, she encouraged Tania to get more involved in the coordination of the transports. From there Tania started learning the ropes of responsible transports such as what the proper protocols are in any given situation, and more importantly what makes a responsible rescue and a responsible transport. As she puts it, “It’s not the quantity…but the quality of the rescues they are going to.” Tania works diligently to ensure that all of the rescues or potential adopters that she is coordinating animal transport for or to are fully screened to ensure the animals are not moving from one bad situation into another. Tania is an OTRA Verified Coordinator and serves as the OTRA Wisconsin Moderator.

Christina Ackerman

Christina is originally from Kodiak, Alaska. Her love of animals goes back to her childhood….”we always had animals around and I was always around the animals – especially living in the Alaskan wilderness! I attended Meredith Manor International Equestrian College and learned to train the ‘hard to train’ horses and stallions. My love for animals continued to grow after I came down to the ‘lower 48’ states. I started volunteering at Adams County Humane Society a few years after I moved to Friendship and then was asked to step in and help as an employee.”  Christina is now the Executive Director of the Adams County Humane Society and has been with ACHS since 2008.   “I have found it to be challenging and rewarding all at the same time. The animals are why I am in this business…they always make me feel like I’ve accomplished something good on their behalf. I also run my own personal pet sitting/care service called Extra Hands Pet Sitting. I enjoy my many clients (four legged as well as two legged) and find that I learn something every day in regards to animals and their wants and needs. I try to make their lives better as they’ve always enhanced mine.”