Our Team

Shirley Zindler


Shirley is retired from a challenging and rewarding job as an animal control officer and has fostered endless puppies, kittens, dogs and cats in her 35+ 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 just finished her second book, Secrets of an Animal Rescuer. Shirley has been happily married for 33 years and has two wonderful, healthy kids.

Charlotte Pearce


Charlotte is a Sonoma County native and lifelong animal lover. After starting her own professional pet services business in 2004, Affinity Pet Services, she began volunteering at the Humane Society of Sonoma County and found her 'heart work' by helping animals in need. Charlotte feels honored to be part of a team that wants to make a difference, no only through rescue and adoptions but community spay/neuter too.

Janet Palma


Janet 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. 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!

Dogwood Volunteers ~Our Superpower!!


We are honored to have a community of volunteers who give their time and energy to support our mission. We have a team of over 200 volunteers who help with fostering cats and dogs, reviewing adoption applicants, provide rescue transportation, work on fundraising events, crafts/merchandise sales, assist with grant-writing and administration, and so much more. Our volunteers are our superpower!

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