About OC Pom Rescue
OC Pom Rescue was founded in February 2020 by three women who have over ten years of dog rescue and Pomeranian-owning experience. We are entirely volunteer-run and have an incredible team of fosters and volunteers from all over Southern California.
Scroll down to meet the wonderful people behind OC Pom Rescue!
Jasmine is our Chief Executive Officer and a lifelong animal advocate. Jasmine has years of experience running nonprofit organizations, and manages our volunteer relations. She specializes in working with needy dogs and those that have attention deficits. She co-founded OC Pom rescue with the desire to make dog adoption more accessible to those wanting to rescue dogs in need. She hopes to educate others on the reality of dog homelessness and neglect, while promoting awareness of compassionate adoption methods. Jasmine studied Art in the Claire Trevor School of Arts at UCI, and also works as a freelance fine artist.
Sondra is our Chief Financial Officer and an animal rescue queen. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Finance from UCR and is now a Senior Financial Analyst at Curtiss-Wright. Sondra has been a lifelong dog lover and advocate! She co-founded OC Pom Rescue to further her passion for saving dogs in need. Sondra offers key insight into the financial aspect of managing a successful nonprofit, while promoting compassion and breed education. Sondra is a mother of two children, who love to be involved in rehabilitating and caring for rescue dogs. She specializes in leash, skills, and potty training. We always love to see what new tricks her fosters learn!
Emily is our Chief Marketing Officer and has worked with animals since 2014. She specializes in training and socializing dogs that have extreme behavioral issues and often takes in fosters that have been labeled as aggressive by shelters and previous owners. She co-founded OC Pom Rescue with the purpose of working against profit-based industries that target small breed dogs for entertainment and short-term ownership. She hopes to flip the script on how animals are viewed by educating about their sentience and right to life. She is a student at Whittier College studying environmental science. She also volunteers at Wetlands Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach.
Our Creative Team
Adriana is our foster coordinator and partnerships liaison. She also works daily with shelters and owner surrenders across California to find dogs in need and bring them into the rescue. She has a PomChi rescue named Charlie and fosters our young male dogs. Adriana graduated from Georgetown with an English major and works as a TV writer in Los Angeles.
Karley is our social media director. She creates and posts content for all of our social media accounts. Karley also works with our web designer to create, design, and write the website. Karley graduated from UCSB with a Bachelor's degree in English and she currently works as a fourth grade T.A.
Joe is our resident web designer and "puppy whisperer" who fosters our rescue puppies. He worked with our social media team to build the website and create continuity between our social media platforms and the web. Joe works as a senior web developer and is both a U.S. Navy and U.S. Army veteran.
Samantha is one of our social media assistants and fosters. She works with the social media team to create captions and schedule posting times. Samantha graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor's of Science in Chemical Engineering. She currently is a graduate student at Rutgers University pursuing a Masters in Business of Science. She's the proud owner of an OC Pom alum, Lily!
Megan is one of our resident artists who works with our creative team to design our rescue gear. She is currently enrolled at UCR as a Studio Art major. She specializes in pet portraits and illustrations for both children's books and graphic novels. Megan has been a lifelong animal lover and cares for her retired service dog, Ranger.
Zayna is one of OC Pom Rescue's first volunteers and helps by fostering and transporting. She earned her Bachelor's degree from San Diego State and her Master's degree from AT Still University. Zayna currently works as Head Athletic Trainer at Classical Academy in Escondido. Zayna foster-failed our very own OC Pom alum, Gidget!
Linda & Brad
Linda & Brad are a foster and transporter duo. They specialize in our medical needs and post-op dogs. They have been in dog rescue since 2010 and have rescued two Pomeranians, Tawny and Ellie.
Cheyenne & Gabriel
Cheyenne & Gabriel are fosters. Cheyenne is currently working on her Master's degree in industrial-organizational psychology. Gabriel graduated from Loyola Marymount University and is currently working as a Senior Estimator for a general contractor. Check out their dog Puff's instagram by clicking the icon above!
Susan is one of our fosters and is based in Palm Springs and Newport Beach. She has been part of dog rescue since 2005 and she specializes in older dogs and helps with their decompression and post-op healing. Susan had a successful career in the mortgage banking industry and is now retired.
Katie is one of our fosters and transporters. She helps with our timid fosters. Katie earned her bachelor's degree in Nutrition from CSULB and her masters in Agricultural Food Science from Washington State. She currently works on the food innovation team for Taco Bell.
Lisa is a foster. She works as a Marketing and Business Development Professional in Orange County. She loves being active outdoors with her friends, family, and furry friends.
Jennifer is one of our fosters. She earned her Bachelor's degree from James Madison University, her Mathematics Teaching Credential from CSULB, and her Master's in Educational Administration from Pepperdine. She currently tutors and works for Pepperdine as an adjunct professor and University Field Supervisor. Jennifer is also a mother of two.
Our Animal Caretakers
Dr. Amir Liaghat
Dr. Liaghat is our veterinarian and the owner of Pico Veterinary Hospital, which is based in Yorba Linda. His patience and drive to care for our foster dogs of all sizes and conditions is admirable and greatly appreciated. Dr. Liaghat goes above and beyond to get our fosters in on short notice, while still giving them his fullest attention and best care.
Refer to the links above to visit Pico Veterinary Hospital's website and Yelp.
Nicole is the owner and head groomer at Dog Days Groom and Play in Yorba Linda, CA. Our fosters truly transform after they have been put in Nicole's hands. Not to mention, their glamour shots would not be the same! Nicole also fosters and works with dogs that need behavioral training.
Refer to the links above to visit Dog Day's Instagram and Yelp.
Debbie is one of our event volunteers and proud dog mom to her Pomeranian Piper, an OC Pom alum! She loves helping when she can and spreading the message of animal rescue.
Ella is one of our event volunteers. She enjoys giving so much love to all of the rescue dogs!
Thomas & Ralph
Thomas and Ralph are our San Diego liaisons. They help coordinate donation pick ups, brand pick ups, and set up fun events in San Diego.
Ryan is a transporter. He is a student at Cal Poly Pomona, studying urban planning and specializing in infrastructure and transportation in the School of Architecture.
Why We Rescue
Between the thousands of homeless dogs on any given day in California and the dog retail industry of puppy mills and backyard breeders, dogs are constantly suffering from abuse, neglect, abandonment, and irresponsible ownership. There is no shortage of amazing dogs from shelters, humane societies, or previous owners! Our purpose as a rescue is to give every dog a second chance (or a third or fourth!) and a loving forever home. You can find any type of breed, age, or size rescue dog - it just requires some patience and time!
OC Pom Rescue hopes to make the dog adoption process enjoyable and rewarding for first-time and repeat dog owners alike. We work diligently to match our applicants with the right rescue dogs for their home, lifestyle, and needs. We also strive to promote awareness and education about the Pomeranian breed and its characteristics, needs, and traits.
Through our heavy social media presence and connections with shelters, fellow rescues, and company partnerships, our dogs receive the visibility and networking they require in order to be adopted. Rescue is an ongoing effort that just takes love, patience, and awareness.