Our Volunteers


Wendy Dobrindt

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Wendy Dobrindt is the Fundraising Leader for DSR.   She started her work with DSR in March, 2016 and volunteers at most events.   She works as a Finance Director in the Insurance Industry.  She has two very spoiled cocker spaniels, Maddie and Roddy; who was intended to be a short term foster, but decided he never wanted to leave her home and became a forever family member on 12/29/16.

Dan McCabe


Dan McCabe is the rescue President and is a rescue jack of all trades master of a few.  He is dedicated to moving the organization forward along with the scores of other dedicated dog loving volunteers with the goal of saving as many homeless dogs as possible.  In his other full time job Dan is an Insurance Compliance Director.  Dan makes his home with Ellen 2 dogs, 2 cats and an occasional guest on its way to their forever home.

Ellen McCabe


Ellen McCabe is the Intake Coordinator of Dog Star Rescue. Ellen is a 5th grade teacher and lives in Avon, CT with her husband Dan, dogs Carter and Redd, and cats Inky and Binky. She and her husband
helped start DSR after being involved in rescue work for several years. She has a lot of fun working along side great volunteers and feels the best part of rescue is seeing a dog meet their forever family for the first time.

Karen Potterton


Karen is our Foster Coordinator who also volunteers at almost all DSR Events and works with our Behavior/Training Team.  She started volunteering with DSR in 2014 when she retired after spending almost 40 years in the Insurance Industry in various Management and Consulting roles.  Karen currently has 3 rescue dogs and 1 rescue cat that are a part of her family. Karen’s greatest dream is to find a home for all the dogs we take in!

Jim Walter


Jim is Dog Star Rescue’s Volunteer Coordinator in addition to being a screener and screening mentor.  He was Associate Vice President of Communications and Marketing at the University of Connecticut, retiring in 2012.  He is a former volunteer Emergency Medical Technician and for ten years was a member of the Cranbury (NJ) First Aid Squad, serving as the organization’s president for two years.

Ali Wasley


Ali Wasley is the Dog Star Rescue Treasurer. She played a large part in the development and documentation of the accounting team’s processes and controls and is very active in the fundraising/grant writing groups and financial reporting. She volunteers at most events and enjoys getting to know each DSR pup. Ali lives in West Hartford with her two dogs and is an Audit Manager for the public accounting firm, BlumShapiro. She has been a passionate Dog Star member since May of 2016.

Volunteer Spotlight

Dog Star Rescue is fortunate to have a large number of volunteers that dedicate their time and expertise to make our organization special and successful. Periodically, we like to shine the spotlight on a volunteer whose contributions are extra special. Please take a moment to see and read about these special volunteers, both past and presentClick on picture to read the spotlight story.

Amy Barton


Edie Bonneville

Edie Bonneville Volunteer Spotlight Pic

Rebecca Chancey


Kelsey Deutsch

Kelsey Deutsch Volunteer Spotlight Picture

Dennis Dix


Amelia Flater


Kyle and Hayley Haspeslagh

Kyly Hayley Haspeslagh Volunteer Spotlight

Christy Hoffman

Christy Hoffman Volunteer Pic

Cindy Kalen


Katje Pearson


Steve Pflederer
(In Memoriam)

Steve Pflederer Volunteer Spotlight

Michelle Sargis


Dawn Sarro


Linda Sekula


Sydney Shugdinis

Syd Shugdinis Volunteer Spotlight

Joanne Stevens


Michelle Stoppani


Ali Wasley

Ali Wasley Volunteer Spotlight Pic

Lou Zarchen