Connecting People with Pets in Need

We are a non-profit, foster-based animal rescue in Asheville, NC that has saved thousands of lives since our inception in 2017.

That’s thousands of lives saved without a physical animal shelter, but with lots of love and support from countless fosters, volunteers and donors.

Our Mission

Our mission is simple, but extremely important:

Connecting People with Pets in Need. 

Our Vision

Through grassroots efforts, we envision a future in which all companion animals find loving homes where they are able to receive the care and respect they deserve.

Our Team

There is a team of powerful Rescue Warriors behind this mission and we want to bark and meow about our very own lifesavers.

Joelle Warren

Chief Lifesaving Officer

With over two decades of experience, Joelle is a prominent leader within the animal rescue community.  Her incredible networking skills, ability to think quickly and creatively, and her endless devotion to helping cats and dogs is nothing short of amazing.  As our Chief Lifesaving Officer, Joelle stays up to date with the progressive, best practices of animal sheltering and is responsible for leading our everyday lifesaving efforts.

Erica Paschold

Director of Lifesaving Operations

Erica found her love of animal rescue in 2013 and has been dedicated to the field ever since. She started out as a kennel attendant, then quickly moved into adoption counseling, intake coordination and pet retention, so naturally she took on the role as our Director of Lifesaving Operations. She likes to think of herself as a rare breed as she enjoys working with pets AND people to make lasting adoption matches. 

Denise Stone

Director of Feline Affairs

Denise entered the rescue world in 2014 as a volunteer working with dogs at Austin Pets Alive, but quickly moved into fostering cats and kittens. She has since fostered over 400 felines, mostly bottle babies, and with experience across 3 rescue organizations, she has taken a leadership/mentoring role as our Director of Feline Affairs. 

Melanie Harriss

Director of Barketing

Melanie became the MPR AVL Foster and Volunteer Coordinator in early 2020, but it was her 20 years of marketing experience that turned her into our Director of Barketing.  She is responsible for coordinating all of the dog adoption events, planning all of our fundraising efforts and building everlasting relationships with our community.

BreeAnn Keogh

Medical Specialist

BreeAnn has over 12 years of experience in animal rescue and has worked most all positions, including Animal Care Manager, front desk, adoptions, intake, medical, behavior, transport and logistics.  She has also been on several emergency shelter deployments with the ASPCA to handle hoarding and dog fighting cases as well as natural disaster relief.

Kim Barnes-Kelly

Medical Specialist

Kim has been working professionally with animals since 2008 and has worked for 4 different animal rescues across the US. She has held many roles such as Cat Manager, Assistant Animal Care Manager, Medical Manager and now MPR Medical Specialist. When asked if she is more of a cat person or dog person, she honestly can’t decide because for her, it’s all about saving lives! 

Alicia Kermes

Thrift Hound Manager

Alicia is the manager of the Thrift Hound and brings more than 15 years of retail experience to our storefront fundraising effort. She is responsible for organizing all of your generous donations and putting it all out on the sales floor to help raise money for the animals in our care. 

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