Green Mountain Pug Rescue (2022)

Board Members

Green Mountain Pug Rescue (1) Jessica Sardella, President, Home Visit & Adoption Coordinator

I’m an Upstate New Yorker born and raised. My husband and I live and work in Voorheesville (near Albany). We have 4 wonderful adult human children, our pack of 3 perfect little rescues as well as many rescued fur grandbabies. In my professional career, I deal with critical path planning, risk management, financial reporting, and resource management among many other tasks. All require an attention to detail, ability to prioritize and a great deal of patience and diplomacy.

While being partial to Pugs, I’m passionate about animal rescue for all breeds. I was owned by 2 pugs before I joined GMPR. As an uneducated consumer, I purchased them from a pet store. I quickly fell in love with the breed, did my research and discovered all the horrors of commercial and irresponsible breeding. I decided I had to give these poor souls a voice and be their advocate. The fine folks at GMPR allowed me to join them in their mission, as a result I became a volunteer in 2006. My first foster was a beautiful, broken little lady from an Ohio puppy mill transport, Pug #### who would come to be known as Hannabelle. It was love at first sight, she was my first rescue and from that point on I was hooked. I picked up the home visit coordinator role in 2007 where I’ve been fortunate enough to build relationships with many wonderful volunteers across the Northeast who share our passion and dedication for rescue. We adopted Miss Haley in 2007 (owner surrender) and most recently we’ve adopted Sonny Ray Jr. (breeder surrender) in January 2019. We also have a Miniature Poodle, Lady Josephine, (puppy mill survivor) that we adopted in 2013.

I continue to volunteer in whatever capacity required of me including fostering, transports, fundraising, expanding our volunteer base, etc. I’m dedicated to furthering our mission of advancing the public’s awareness of our existence, the Pug breed, responsible pet ownership, and helping to place our rescues with loving, capable and worthy forever homes.

Green Mountain Pug Rescue (2)

Amy Frye, Vice President, Website & Social Media Manager

I am a native Vermonter and has always had a pug in my family since I was a child.

My first pug was our family dog named Winston and he was the reason why my family fell in love with the pug breed. When I was in college, I adopted my first pug of my own from a fellow student who was moving back to Taiwan after graduation and couldn't take him with her. His name was Sky and even though he had some handicaps due to a car accident when he was a puppy, he was a happy pug. Sky and Winston loved going to the GMPR Pug Social's which is how I was introduced to the rescue.

I am a graduate from the University of Hartford, CT with a Bachelor of Art degree in Web Development and a graduate from Champlain College in Burlington, VT with a Master of Science degree in IT Management and a certificate in CyberSecurity. I work for the IT Department as a Manager for the IT Service Management Office for the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, VT.

My husband and I live in Underhill, VT with our fawn pug named Stewie (pictured), our GMPR Alumni, Wally and Rat Terrier, Chance. My sister adopted Munchkin from GMPR in January 2016 which lead to me joining GMPR as a board member. I redesigned the GMPR website to its current design and continue to maintain the website. You can see me at most of the events GMPR attends and I am a foster mom for GMPR. I became Vice President of the Board of Directors in 2019 and I look forward to applying my skills in this position.

Green Mountain Pug Rescue (3) Phil Douglas, Treasurer & Judy Douglas, Foster/Transport Coordinator

Phil & Judy Douglas have been involved with GMPR since the formative days of the rescue in 2002. Phil is a retired Civil Engineer and Judy is a Member Services Representative for a local credit union. They met and married in Los Angeles, CA and lived in Rancho Cucamonga for 25 years until they retired from their respective jobs to move to Vermont where Phil grew up. Phil is a VT Tech and UVM graduate. Judy attended college in California. They moved to Vermont just in time to join the fledgling GMPR.

Phil & Judy became pug lovers when they adopted “Rosie” from Little Angels Pug Rescue in Los Angeles and “Spike”, a Pug-Chihuahua from the Riverside, CA animal shelter. Then they adopted a pug named “Moose” from the Upland, CA shelter. When “Rosie” died “Lucy” joined the family as an 8-week old puppy. During the Vermont years “Moose” and “Spike” crossed the Rainbow Bridge and “Lucy” was joined by adoptions “Sonny Ray” and “Trigger”, both of which have since passed on. Currently “Lucy” is Trail Boss to “Misty” (Liver Shunt), “Peach” (blind and diabetic) and “Rocky” (ADHD).

Judy now works part-time to support her Pug habit and Phil has retired again. Judy is the Foster/Transport Coordinator for GMPR and was the Vice-President of the Board of Directors from 2002 to 2018. Phil is the Treasurer for the rescue. They spend non-rescue time riding their Harleys around New England and puttering around their Mendon, VT home when time and weather allows.

Green Mountain Pug Rescue (4) Stefanie VanAmerongen, Volunteer Coordinator

I have always loved animals. Growing up my family shared out home with dogs, cats, a sweet rabbit and adorable guinea pig. I spent many years of my childhood riding horses. Throughout high school I worked for a veterinarian and loved working in the veterinary setting. It was challenging, rewarding and I was helping care for a wide range of animals which was exactly what I wanted to be doing.

After graduating from SUNY Albany with a BS and Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling, my husband Tom and I, settled in Saratoga Springs NY. In Saratoga we raised our two sons and shared our home with a variety of dogs and cats. I have worked in healthcare services and insurance for over 30 years.

In 2006, after the loss of our Shepard mix Maggie, our family was looking for a dog to join our family. Through Pet finder, we found GMPR. We were a very active and busy family and thought that we might want to adopt a smaller breed with all the personality of the larger breeds that we had lived with. That is when Ellie came into our lives. We applied through GMPR and Ellie was being fostered with the GMPR volunteer who conducted our site visit. Ellie was a puppy mill survivor with a ton of ‘pugattude’. It was love at first site and we were fortunate enough to be approved and to adopt her. Soon, I was volunteering for GMPR and our family was an active GMPR foster family. We love the pug personality, sprit and attitude. They live up to their reputation, a lot of dog in a little space.

In 2019, I was happy to accept an invitation to join the GMPR Board and continue to support the mission of GMPR. Our family currently includes 5 adopted GMPR pugs, Toby, Rupert, Abbie, Bubbie and Norman.

Green Mountain Pug Rescue (5)

Helen Bryan

I am a native Vermonter and I have lived with animals my entire life: dogs, cats, horses, goats and various rodents. Our home is a Vermont farmhouse where we have lived for over 30 years, raising our family. My husband, Shawn and I are closing in on 35 years of marriage, having both worked in professional offices and both retired from the Vermont Army National Guard. Our two big dogs were foster failures from Central Vermont Humane. Add in a comical black one-eyed pug named Kiki and that's our current family.

We have loved pugs for 20 years, when we first brought home a pair of black pug puppies for our two young daughters. Several pugs and years later, I started fostering for GMPR. I had already fostered for The Central Vermont Humane Society and Potters Angels Rescue. We have fostered countless cats and kittens over the years, and many dogs of all breeds including two litters of puppies! But my biggest love is the Pugs. We have fostered over a dozen pugs in just two years. I love the seniors and misfits.

I was asked to joining the GMPR Board in the Spring of 2014 and was excited to take on the challenge. The challenges only grew when I became President of Green Mountain Pug Rescue through 2018.

Green Mountain Pug Rescue (6) Patti Whittemore

I’m a native Vermonter that lives in Rutland with my husband Jeremy and our 3 Boston Terriers Duke, Angus & Malcolm Young and our 2 Pug “Foster Fails” Lucy & Chester.

To earn dog treat money, I work in the Finance Department at the Vermont Country Store.

My husband and I have been volunteers & Foster Parents for GMPR since 2019. I have lost track of how many Pugs that have called our house a temporary home. We have loved them all like our own.

I have been an animal lover since I was a child. Any animal! When I lived in North Carolina for 10 years I was a volunteer at a Reptile Rescue and fostered large iguanas & snakes. If an animal needs help, I’m there. After the death of my beloved Bichon, Madison, I reached out to GMPR to help heal my heart and volunteer for them. Shortly afterwards, I was asked to foster a 10 yr old deaf, blind, very bossy black Pug named Lucy. She was my first foster fail and she thinks my husband and I are her personal servants.

We are so fortunate to have this opportunity to help these sweet pups and be a part of such a great organization.

Green Mountain Pug Rescue (7) Heather Smith

Hi! I’m Heather and I am obsessed with pugs!

I have been completely and utterly in love with dogs my entire life… I feel like I must have been too young to remember where or when this passion began for me, so I like to think that I was born with it. I have always believed that these special little (or big!) beings, gift to us humans an immeasurable joy without a word spoken between us. My professional experience working with dogs spans well over 20 years. Toward the end of high school, I was hired for my first job at my local animal shelter... Shortly after that, I worked as a veterinary technician at a local animal hospital. For the most part I have carved my life around not only working WITH dogs, but to work FOR them.. (the majority of which were unwanted or abandoned dogs who found themselves in shelters or rescue organizations through no fault of their own). I spent nearly a decade of my life employed with a local Greyhound Rescue, working as a professional dog trainer and behavior specialist and managing their non-profit doggy-daycare. I taught classes, educating children about safe and respectful behavior with dogs, along with educating them about humane treatment toward animals. I believe this prior experience has given me a little “leg-up” in terms of working with both two-legged and four-legged creatures of varying history and personality. When I made the decision to resign from my canine training/behavior career, my interests turned to photography (specifically dog photography). I now operate a small business photographing client's dogs and attempting to create memorable artwork for them. I also enjoy taking professional portraits of the dogs residing at my local Humane Society, with the hope that a professional portrait might help a dog find a forever family.

I live in Richmond NH with my husband and two (human) children. We have three "resident" dogs and always room for a foster. Maybee (yes that's her name...) Maybee is my 12 year old pug. She is a puppy mill survivor... rescued from an Amish market in Ohio. Hemingway is our big, silly, 3 year old pitbull! Hemingway was rescued from the streets of Tennessee, along with the rest of her siblings... so young they still had umbilical cords attached. Last but not least, we have Pearl! Pearl is our little blind pug (we estimate she is around 2 years old... possibly younger). GMPR rescued Pearl, along with a large number of other pugs in need (this group now infamously knows as "The Manchester 16"). She is a ball of FIRE, and you would never know that she is blind as a bat.

I have been involved with Green Mountain Pug Rescue since 2013. I sat on the board of directors from 2013 - 2016 and worked briefly as the volunteer coordinator, while offering my services and advice for pugs struggling with behavior or training issues. I decided to jump back in with both feet and return to the board of directors, because I want to help and involve myself in a direct and profound way. Working with such an amazing community of volunteers who mutually share this passion for dog rescue is the most fulfilling experience one crazy pug lady could ask for!


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2. hazel mae- foster at GMPR, Green Mtn Pug Rescue
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3. GMPR Pug Social 2013
4. Vermont dog rescue celebrates 17 years with 'Pug Prom'
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5. GMPR Pug Social 2012
6. Monty the Foster Pug
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