Who is Rilo:

Rilo was my first rescue, my soul dog, and the love of my life. He taught me what having an unbreakable bond with an animal was. He and I grew up together. Spending those short, precious years with him was the greatest gift I have ever had. He helped countless fosters find their confidence, playfulness, and joy. He helped me with bottle puppies by carrying them to his bed to clean and comfort them. That’s what he did; he provided so much comfort to so many. So, in honor of Rilo, I founded this rescue on his birthday two years ago. He is still guiding and helping me on this journey to give all animals a better life. He has inspired me never to stop comforting those who need it, big and small.


My rescue story began early but really started to take form when I began fostering for a rescue as hospice care. My first hospice dog, Maple, came from a hoarding situation in Jerome. She had been starved and was diagnosed with cancer. They gave her a few weeks to live as she was no longer eating. When I picked her up, I sang to her the whole ride home and made a deal with her, “If you keep fighting, I will too.” And fight she did. We discovered she had stopped eating because most of her teeth were broken from weeks of eating rocks trying to survive. I hand-fed her rotisserie chicken and rice and made her a vet appointment for a second opinion. Again, I promised her that if she kept fighting, I would too. We got her treatment at the vet, and the tech that treated her fell in love and adopted her. Maple is still alive today.

Since 2019, I have served as the adoption coordinator for Blaine County and a board member for Friends Furever Animal Rescue (Jerome, Idaho). I have been part of several large-scale hoarding cases where partners and I were responsible for seizing and finding fosters and permanent homes. I have fostered over 100 animals, coordinated and transported animals thousands of miles, and organized the pulling of abandoned and unhoused dogs from reservations, in addition to countless dogs from high-kill shelters.