About Us

Our Mission

Woof Love Rescue is a foster-based rescue comprised of a team of volunteers committed to helping  homeless, neglected, abused, and forgotten puppies and dogs. Our goal is to place pups in their forever homes to get them the lives they so truly deserve.

“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.”
― Karen Davison

Our Story

A chance meeting with a little black puppy and the founder of the rescue goes back to the very, very beginning! The pup, Roxy girl, turned 6 years old the day our non-profit application was filed. It was that meeting that led Woof Love's founder to the world of rescue. It is a passion that has grown over the last several years to be what it is today, and seeing first hand the overwhelming need for a lifeline for so many unwanted, neglected and abandoned animals, that has led us to the decision to do more - and Woof Love Rescue has been born!

Each and every member of the team is dedicated to being a voice for the voiceless. Spay and neuter, rescue, foster, adopt... One by one, until there are none. These are all things that will change the course of lives for shelter dogs across the country!

Meet the Team

People want to know who they're working with. It's a human thing, or is it? Each one of us has a personal connection to rescue. That connection is a story or probably a certain pup who fuels our passion for rescue.

Rose Hamilton

Founder & Director

I stumbled into the rescue world completely by chance. Dropping off my youngest son to preschool there was a little black puppy there and I took the opportunity to ask if my toddler could pet the pup. That puppy was a foster puppy and available for adoption. Soon after she came to live with my family.
Roxy girl just turned 6 years old. Her updated picture is above.
The toddler? ❤ Her 8th birthday is this September, the very day our first Woof Love pups arrive into rescue!
These two babies started me on this rescue path, and they are part of the very beginning! From the day Roxy came home to live with us, my involvement and passion for rescue has grown to what it is today.
The years since meeting Roxy and bringing her home, my family has welcomed another adopted pup, Rusty, and many foster pups into our lives on their way to furever homes. Two, who went from foster pups to furever pups when we couldn't let go and adopted them. They knew before we did that they were part of the family- Teddy and Bear.
Through coordinating and supporting other foster families I have added a rescue family of volunteers to my everyday life. Rescue is like breathing to me, I just have to!

Welcome to Woof Love Rescue. Let's do amazing things together!

Mark Hamilton

Vice President

I really didn’t find Rescue, it found me. Six years ago, I was minding my own business (isn’t that what usually gets us in trouble!?), when my wife sent me a picture of my then 2-year-old daughter standing next to a puppy hugging and loving on it like nobody’s business! I texted her that she was not playing fair sending me that picture. See I thought she sent it because she wanted to go get a puppy for our family. I had no idea this pup was a rescued foster dog looking for adoption. I ended up calling her and talking about the picture when she told me the puppy’s story. After some discussion, I agreed to have the puppy come for a visit and we would see. The puppy never left. We adopted her as a member of the family and named her Roxy. Shortly after adopting Roxy we went back to the Rescue to get Roxy a buddy and we met Rusty. Now two dogs richer, I thought about where they came from. What had they been through in their short lives? I wondered the what ifs. What if the Rescue had not found and saved them? Where would they be? Would they still be alive?
My wife came to me as I contemplated the what ifs and asked if we could foster. Those what ifs in my mind I said yes, we can. From there we have become more and more involved from fostering (including 2 foster failures) to joining Animal-Aid on multiple journeys South to save and rescue those who cannot rescue themselves. Out of my family’s rescue journey Woof Love Animal Rescue has been born. We welcome you and would love to have you be part of our rescue in whatever capacity you feel you can help. I do have to warn you though. You do need to be careful. You too may not be looking for Rescue, but it may find you with returns in your life like you may never have had before.

Joyce Holt

Board Member

Steve Agliano

Board Member

I first was introduced to Rescue by adopting my first rescued pup. Every day I stared at him and wondered how someone could just give him up. I followed rescue groups and knew I had to be more involved. So I signed up to foster.Everything was supplied all I needed to supply was love. Every month I would receive a picture of a pup that needed a place to stay until he or she was adopted. They all have different stories and all they need is some love and care. They are normally only with me a short time until they find there forever families.  Even though it is sometimes hard to say goodbye, just knowing they are going to have a great life with someone that has chosen them to be a forever part of their family makes it worth it. I get to see them grow and watch their adventures through updated posts from the adopters. I know every month I will have a new pup with a new story and I will help them find their forever homes. I work full time and have a lot of hobbies, but rescue is my passion and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Tara DiBattista

Board Member

Sometimes, the best things in life aren't planned, they just happen. Several years back, my son was given the task of volunteering his time in a way that was meaningful to him. He knew immediately that he wanted to help dogs, as we have always been a dog-loving family. Together, we began to volunteer our time helping to unload dogs as they completed their freedom ride from Georgia to New Jersey. After just a few short months, the once a month volunteering just wasn't enough. Our family's passion for rescue was immediately born. We began to foster dogs and puppies, and my desire to help the unwanted, abused, and forgotten animals grew tremendously. Now, by traveling to Georgia on a regular basis, and being involved in all aspects of Woof Love Rescue, I'm able to make a difference. As an elementary school teacher, I am so fortunate that I get to share my experiences with my students. Knowing that I have a part in shaping the future of rescue in these children means so much to me. I truly believe that we can't change what has happened to a dog in the past, but we can make all the difference in the future.

Beth Ann Rodgers

Board Member

"If not me, than who?"- Travis Mannion

As a teacher of middle schoolers for the last 20 years, I have spent a majority of time encouraging my students to be responsible, trustworthy, productive citizens. We have studied numerous "regular" people that have done "great" things because they believed in something and wanted to do the right thing or make the world a better place. The world of rescue is full of "regular" people doing "great" things. My love of animals led me to the rescue world where I choose to step up and do what I can. With every foster, with every adoption I feel like I'm doing my part in being responsible and productive. The furry snuggles and slobbery puppy kisses are definite pluses to my passion. Why do I rescue?  "If not me, than who?"

Looking for ways to help?

Rescue is definitely a team effort. We are always looking for people to join our team as volunteers, donors, and fosters. Click to find out about ways to help.