Our Volunteers


Wendy Dobrindt

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.

Amelia Flater (Director)

Amelia is the leader of the Screening Team at Dog Star Rescue. She has been involved with Dog Star since early 2016, working closely with both the screening and event teams.  You’ll see her at almost every adoption event, as she loves spending time with her DSR family.
She is currently finishing up her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree at the University of Saint Joseph. She plans to work in pediatrics after graduating in May.
Amelia resides in Simsbury with her two beagle boys, Oliver and Ronnie!

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 Duke and Redd and many times a foster dog. 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.

Sarah Mitchell (Director)

Sarah is Dog Star’s event leader. She is pretty cool. Sarah joined DSR as an adoption event handler in 2016, then later joined the event team as a coordinator. Outside of Dog Star, Sarah is a producer for ESPN and a professional pyramid builder. Her goal is to set the Guinness World Record for tallest human pyramid. The current record is nine levels. Sarah lives with her fiance Chris. They have zero dogs because Chris is allergic to them which he did disclose on their first date 10 years ago.

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 and Vice President, overseeing the finance department. She played a large part in the development and documentation of the accounting team’s processes and controls and is very active in fostering and the fundraising group. She also leads Dog Star’s Strategic Planning Committee. Ali 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.

Hudson Atkinson(Director)

Hudson Atkinson is Dog Star Rescue’s IT Coordinator. He oversees IT operations and is passionate about implementing technology into rescue organizations. He has been supporting DSR since early 2016 and later became a volunteer in May 2018. He volunteers at most events and enjoys handling dogs as they seek their future families. Outside of Dog Star, Hudson works in Technology Delivery for UnitedHealth Group. Hudson currently has one dog, DSR alum Bruno.

Robert Swartz(Director)

Robert oversees Dog Star Rescue’s Transport logistics along with facilitating the new Dog Star for Veterans Program.  Robert joined DSR in 2017, welcoming dogs to CT after their long road trip north, and accompanying them to adoption events. Robert is the Director of Operations for a Digital Government Technology company, and lives in Burlington with his two dogs Tucker and Bodhi. The latter of which is a Dog Star Rescue pup, who reminds him daily the importance of rescuing.

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

Rebecca Chancey

Kelsey Deutsch

Dennis Dix

Amelia Flater

Kyle and Hayley Haspeslagh

Leianne and Ellia Hesseltine

Christy Hoffman

Cindy Kalen

Patricia Lauzier

Katje Pearson

Steve Pflederer
(In Memoriam)

Michelle Sargis

Dawn Sarro

Cindy, Dog up for adoption at Dog Star Rescue looking lovingly for new home.

Linda Sekula

Sydney Shugdinis

Joanne Stevens

Michelle Stoppani

Ali Wasley

Lou Zarchen