Our Team

Susan Patterson

Founder & Adoptions / Fosters

In 2009, when I dared to reach out my hand into the dark and pull a tiny, abused, and terrified dog into my life, I knew everything had changed.

Dogs are my world. I have never not been around animals and never want a life without them. I believe wholeheartedly that dogs rescue you right back, that they are made of magic; capable of healing you with their simple ability to live in the moment and love everyone more than themselves.

Today, we are over 75 volunteers strong, diverse in our walks of life, all with a passion for one thing: the value and love of a dog.

Jonny Staub

Media Spokesperson 

Jonny Staub is a radio host of the top rated Jonny, Holly & Nira morning show in Vancouver BC. He has also worked in markets including Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton. A successful on-air coach and mentor, he thrives on growing “up and coming” talent and has a passion for media training.

He’s a Crossfit athlete who also nerds out drawing comic books in his spare time and loves a North Shore hike with his boyfriend “Tuna” (Jason), and their two dogs Wermmy and GusGus. He is the media spokesperson for Thank DOG I Am Out Dog Rescue Society and supports all their efforts to rescue as many dogs at risk as they can.

Marion Dickson

Adoption Coordinator

Carolyn Laurin

Volunteer & Foster Coordinator

I was introduced to TDIAO by a friend who adopted Dexy, TDIAO’s first official rescue.  She asked me if I would be interested in volunteering at TDIAO’s first big adoption event.  Well, like many of you, I love animals so it didn’t take me more than a split second to say yes.  Needless to say the experience was like no other and there’s been no looking back ever since.  Year after year, I’m amazed by our incredible TDIAO volunteers pulling together to make our world a little better.  It’s such a wonderful feeling to be part of a great team working towards saving dogs and giving them a better life.  Watching our rescues leave with their new owners grinning from ear to ear as they take their new furry friend home makes the work we do worth every minute.

James Johnson

Home Check Coordinator

On July 20, 2014, I came home to be greeted happily by an underweight, malnourished unkempt Japanese Chin dog;  recovered by the Police, after a 6 month battle, from a domestic abuser of a friend. During our journey nurturing this little dog back to health, seeing his fears gradually disappear and his personality blossom, I became committed to assisting other dogs in distress.

I volunteered with Thank Dog I Am Out in early 2017, with my first duties being a guide during the Dog Walk, then doing Home Checks and ending  the year by being of service at the Adoption Event. A now happy, content, incredibly sweet little Chin has confirmed my commitment to Thank Dog I Am Out!

Jodi Gellard 

Transportation Coordinator

I first heard of Thank Dog I Am Out when I saw them featured on the local news station.  I began following them on social media and was able to see all the great work they were doing.   In February 2017 I had the pleasure of meeting Susan at one of the rescue fundraisers.   I quickly realized that becoming a volunteer for the rescue was something I had to do.     I began volunteering as a home checker and had the pleasure of assisting on numerous cross border pick ups.  On one of these pick ups I met one boy who stole my heart.  I fostered him for a few days but new right when I saw him that I would have my first foster fail and was lucky enough to adopt this sweet boy!  I’m so happy to be a part of the Tdiao family and look forward to many more ventures with the rescue.

Ashley Harrison

Web Management

I have always been a huge animal lover so in 2017 I started looking for an organization to volunteer with and luckily a friend told me about TDIAO. I went to one of their Tisol events to volunteer and I was hooked. After helping out with a few other tasks I knew I wanted to do more so when I heard they were looking for someone to help them with their data and web management I jumped at the chance. It is an absolute pleasure and very humbling to work with such an awesome and dedicated group of people. I look forward to changing the world with them, one dog at a time!

Kathy Stahr 

Finances 

As Susan Patterson’s sister we were brought up sharing a love of animals. When she started rescuing dogs I watched these discarded pups blossom as they were welcomed into loving homes, and was inspired to be a part of it. I had some bookkeeping experience so when TDIAO was formed and started growing quickly I offered up my volunteer services both behind the scenes and at the big annual adoption events. I continue to manage the society’s finances because I know that with every adoption a life is saved and a family is enriched. It’s been a wild ride and a very rewarding experience!

 Lynda Bartram

Adoption Follow-Up Coordinator 

I joined TDIAO in September 2014, after months of researching dog rescues. The first volunteer meeting was full of positive, organized, energetic people who had one main goal – helping dogs. I was hooked! At their big adoption event that November  I was excited to participate but to top the experience off I was asked  to be a  short term foster. Before I knew it I was welcoming a gorgeous chihuahua who, although he was meant to stay with us for a week, well… lets just say he stole our hearts and became part of our personal pack. I’ve always wondered about so many of the dogs and adopters I have met volunteering , so when I was asked to be the Adoption Follow Up Co ordinator, I jumped at it! I’m so excited to follow our TDIAO adopters’ new doggie adventures and see how their new family members are doing, and am honoured to work with such a responsible, dedicated, and organized dog rescue.

Tania Ryan

Visual Artist 

In November 2016 I was covering the TDIAO adoption event for my Publication,  The Urban Pet Gazette,  where I first met Susan. Susan’s passion inspired me to raise funds and awareness for the Thank DOG I am out by creating a calendar “The Underdogs Project”. In 2017 Susan approached me with the concept of a book to celebrate the continuing success of Thank DOG I Am Out. It was an amazing experience to meet up  with adopters and meet and photograph all the adorable dogs who might not have ever had a chance to find a fur-ever home. As the owner of the Vancity Bark, I look forward to continuing to use my skills in visual arts, raising awareness for animal welfare for TDIAO.

Jennifer MacNeil 

Adoptions / Customs

I  have always wanted to get involved with dog rescue and also dreamed of rescuing a dog of my own. I felt so strongly about the cause but after several attempts of offering my help to various organizations I found no doors opening for me. I met Susan in 2014 and learned that TDIAO was looking for volunteers for their annual large dog adoption event of  120 dogs arriving from  shelters in Southern California . I was put in charge of adoptions and loved it. I also fulfilled my dream  to adopt my first dog from TDIAO (long story short – I adopted 2!) Over the years my role changed to Canadian Customs co-Ordinator but when the Adoption Co-Ordinator position opened up I was first in line to step in. 2018 looks to be an exciting year for the rescue. I am thrilled to be a part of such an amazing , professional and caring organization. I am looking forward to meeting all of the new adopters and their families and revelling in the future “happily ever after” stories.