About Us

Dogwood’s Mission: To provide support to animals by rescuing, rehoming and helping animals in need of spay and neuter. Through various programs, we will assist our communities’ animals and insure they find safe, loving homes and receive necessary medical care to live long and healthy lives.

Dogwood Animal Rescue Project (DARP) was formed in 2015 as a nonprofit 501c3 organization, by an inspired group of friends and animal advocates. We are striving to meet our goals to assist animals in need each and every day.

The Team ~ Board of Directors

Shirley Zindler, President

2Shirley has a challenging and rewarding job as an animal control officer and has fostered over 300 dogs and endless kittens in her 30+ years of doing this work. She thrives being able to bring an injured animal back to health or help a traumatized one recover. She loves to paint and sculpt and also spends time writing down her own experiences for the shelter newsletter, BARK Magazine and is putting the finishing touches on her second book, The Secret Life of Dog Catchers. Shirley has been happily married for 27 years and has two wonderful, healthy kids.


Hannah Houston, BOD/Foster Program

hannahHannah is a mother, wife, and ardent advocate for both children and animals. Hannah has worked her entire life advocating for the helpless, from a Program Director of a non profit for disadvantaged youth to saving animals from euthanasia. She strives to educate the public about our homeless and abused animals and the importance of spay and neuter.



Charlotte Tunstall Pearce, BOD/Development

IMG_0393_2-1Charlotte Tunstall Pearce is a Sonoma County native and lifelong friend to animals. After starting her own professional dog walking/pet sitting business in 2004, Affinity Pet Services, she began volunteering at Sonoma Humane Society and found her ‘heartwork’ by helping homeless animals.  Charlotte feels honored to be part of a team that wants to make a difference, not only through rescue and adoptions but spay/neuter and education as well.


Janet Palma, BOD/Secretary

IMG_0517Janet is a native Californian and was born an animal lover and horse-crazy kid! When her 5 year old daughter ended up sharing those genes, she and her husband George, hocked everything for a piece of country property. Now living their dream surrounded by horses, dogs and cats, they began fostering puppies for a rescue. They found that work to be rewarding and fulfilling and watched many a puppy get adopted into loving, forever homes. At this time in her life with an empty nest, Janet is excited to be involved with Dogwood Animal Rescue Project particularly passionate about the future spay and neuter clinic. Believing that spay and neuter should someday be a free service for everyone and hoping for the time that unwanted litters are hard to find!

Sally Miller, BOD

Sally MillerSally comes to DARP as a familiar face in the community bringing over 20 years of active community involvement and volunteering. Her interest in DARP stems from her many years of volunteer and foster work with shelter and rescue animals and her support for the mission of DARP to increase spay and neuter, outreach, education, and collaboration with public shelters and other rescues that share these same interests. Sally will focus her efforts on spay and neuter efforts, adoption screening and matches, events, and project management of the DARP facility as it grows into the dream of a place for the community to learn and for animals to find a safe refuge on their journey to a home.