We Save Lives!
THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE THIS HAPPEN...EVERYDAY
While Jess has spent a short time "in rescue" her love of animals goes back to being raised in a family with great love and respect for all animals including wild life. Jess has yet to find an animal not worthy of receiving help and on most days you will find her hiking in nature, hanging out with a resident squirrel who believes her to be its momma or nursing newborn puppies when a momma dog cant fulfill their motherly duties. Just this year, after graduating from cosmetology school she was thrust into her role of Operations Manager for Wags 2 Wishes where she hit the ground running and has not stopped since. Fostering, helping nursing moms, vet runs, adoptions, meet and greets you name it Jess is a main player in every aspect of Wags 2 Wishes and often times can be seen via camera laying in our nursery with our expecting or nursing Mommas. Jess has a nurturing instinct about here which also shows in her other job as a nanny. She has and will continue to be a driving force in rescuing the sick, abused and abandoned animals we rescue daily.
Operation Manager - Adoption Specialist
AGAIN Owning a business, being a trainer and volunteering with the Special Olympics seems like enough of a schedule BUT Byron's passion can not be denied and his LOVE for the Bully Breed knows no limits! After adopting a special needs deaf dog from Wags 2 Wishes he was "hooked" on the mission to help those that can not help themselves. Byron and his wife Tami both foster multiple dogs at a time for W2W and handle all our large dog meets, home visits, adoptions AND their basic training needs. Because of Byron's passion and dedication to these dogs W2W has been able to place a record number (for us) of large breed dogs into forever homes in just a few short months. Of those dogs included Thor who spend over a year in rescue awaiting his forever home. Byron and Tami's larger than life physic are nothing compared to the size of their heart!
Adoption Specialist - Board Member
23907 W Industrial Drive N
Plainfield IL 60585
Social Media - Communications Director
Kim is another LOCAL business owner who continues to give back by volunteering her time for years as an animal advocate. She has been lucky enough to have both her business (FETCH PET CARE, NAPERVILLE) and her volunteer life be 100% about the care and well being of animals. Kim has been handling our social media and communications for almost two years. As many of you know in Rescue having a good social media presence, good photos and videos is key for finding adopters and supporters. In Kim's short time with Wags 2 Wishes she has increased our followers by DOUBLE! In addition to her social media role at wags she helps field all incoming communications for the hundreds of emails we get weekly. Because of Kim's excellent organizational skills and ability to keep us all on track it allows our adoption specialist time to focus on ADOPTING!
Tricia & Michelle
Pauline & Lisa
Our staff / volunteers are made up of approximately 45-50 people at any given time. Everyone dedicated to the safety and well being of the animals we intake every day. As in any organization we have a main crew that run the day to day operations and they are highlighted below.
Large Dog Division - Training
Manager Northern Division / Board Member
Wags 2 Wishes is an ALL BREED Animal Rescue - BIG or small we save them all!
As a lifelong friend of our Founder, Ladine has been involved with Wags 2 Wishes from the moment it became a thought. Immediately she was on board and eager to make sure the mission to rescue and rehabilitate was achieved. Fostering, transporting, hosting events, leading events and working a dedicated shift at the center for 4 years and never missing a day. Her love for animals and passion to help is never to be questioned! Through the best of times and especially the worst of times Ladine has never hesitated to step up and take the lead with anything that needs to "get done".
Ladine has been actively involved in every aspect of Wags 2 Wishes since 2013 and also serves on our Board of Directors. She plays a vital role in our past and future success. We are very lucky to have Ladine as part of W2W.
Owning a business (JAKKED HARDCORE GYM) and volunteering multiple times a week seems impossible for most people. But not Tami! Tami has been involved with rescue for many years and host a yearly event where are proceeds are divided amongst several rescues. This past year she met the Founder of our Rescue and found that her role in rescue was about to get much bigger than she could have imagined. What started out as every now and again soon turned into handling ALL our large dog adoptions and running shifts twice a week at our rescue center. Soon she dove into the life of fostering our medically needy and then dogs that were too stressed for a shelter environment. In her short time at W2W her and her husband Byron have made a HUGE impact in the lives of our large breed dogs that spend the most time in rescue.
A carbon copy of her sister Jess who runs W2W, proof that the apple doesn't fall from the tree. Jordan also entered the life of "the rescue center" this year, however that proved to be simple when you come from a family who has been fostering and volunteering for W2W for years. Jordan has an unbelievable amount of energy that emits from her and energizes all she is around. A go getter who is always ready to take on any new task Jordan's primary roll is assisting applicants / processing applications Jordan proudly wears many hats at Wags and is always eager to take on extra shifts when needed.
Jordan's greatest attribute is her voice and her willingness to use it. She feels strongly about spaying and neutering as well as ADOPT - Don't Shop and she is more than willing to debate these topics and is sure to turn around the most un-educated person on this subject.
Saturday & Sunday Shift Leaders
Chloe came to us at the tender age of 16 years old in 2014 when we first opened the Wags 2 Wishes Rescue Center as an eager teen wanting to help with the animals we rescue. She started volunteering and quickly took over running shifts for the new coming volunteers. From the moment she started Chloe a petite 100 lbs young lady has been able to handle dogs much larger than herself. This year and at the age of 19 years old Chloe has been moved up to Adoption Specialist and plays a larger role in the placement of the animals we intake everyday. Chloe is always eager to help in all roles of the rescue from cleaning, events, vet runs, medicating, walking there isn't a task she is asked to do that she isn't eager to complete. She is EVERYTHING todays youth should inspire to be and we are very lucky and PROUD to have her part of our team!
Founder / President
Terri’s love of animals was apparent growing up she would always bring home stay and injured dogs, cats, squirrels, birds, lizards and even snakes! This was well before “Rescue” was known as it is today. She “rescued” her first bully breed dog when she was 21 years old and has been a bully breed advocate every since. Always dreaming of someday being able to “work full time with animals” she was introduced to Rescue later in life where she began fostering and transporting for several other rescues. It wasn’t long that she knew starting her own Rescue was where she could make the greatest impact in Rescue, Her goal; Rescue 8-10 dogs per month. In 2014 she realized the need for rescuing these abandoned animals was far beyond her capability as a “foster based rescue” so with the help of her husband and dedicated volunteers the Wags 2 Wishes Rescue Center was built. Since opening the Rescue Center in 2015 Wags 2 Wishes has been able to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home over 2000 animals! Terri is dedicated to educating the public on responsible pet ownership , spay/neutering and yearly vet visits.
Alyssa’s love of animal rescue and animals in general started at a very young age. She dreamed of having her own horse, working with animals, and becoming a special education teacher ever since she was little. In college, Alyssa worked at a veterinary office which partnered with a local rescue. After only a few short months, Alyssa become involved and became an active member, serving on the Board of Directors for years and enjoying all of rescue life.
Alyssa met the W2W President while they worked a hoarding case in North Chicago in 2014 during a snow storm. Immediately the two hit it off and worked well together. After a few short months of building a friendship Alyssa was fully on board with Wags 2 Wishes. Alyssa has been able to intertwine her passions as she has adopted a three legged (but only two working) lab at only days old, a 5 month old Aussie with no eyes, a hyperactive Great Dane, and now a young spaniel mix who is also blind. She trained her lab and Australian Shepherd to be therapy dogs and enjoys helping educate young children about animals, especially with her dogs by her side.
We are a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization
Adoption Specialist - Large Dog Division
Wags 2 Wishes is a licensed , 501(C)3 Not for profit ALL BREED Animal Rescue that started in 2013. Located in Plainfield Illinois our mission is to rescue abused, sick, abandoned and forgotten animals facing euthanasia due to over crowding or being too medically intense for the current facility/owner and provide a loving and secure transition into our rescue program. While our medical and neglect cases enter our foster home program, many of the animals we take in can enter our Rescue Facility and find their loving forever home in just a short time.
It is said you can't save them all, but that doesn't mean we aren't going to try! Our hearts are MUCH bigger than our bank account! At Wags 2 Wishes we pride ourselves on taking in some of the worst medically intense or neglect cases most have seen.
See some amazing transformations here: http://www.w2wrescue.com/transformations.html
Once medically cleared these animals are then placed for adoption where our experienced staff/volunteers begin the process of accepting applications, check references, interview families, conduct home visits and find the right fit for that animals needs. It is a slow process and one we are not willing to rush.