Lost Our Home Pet Rescue was founded in 2008 as a grassroots response to the thousands of pets in need as a result of the economic downturn and Phoenix-area foreclosure crisis. Prior to starting Lost Our Home, Jodi Polanski, Founder and Executive Director, worked in the mortgage business for 13 years and saw first-hand the devastating effects the housing crisis had on people and pets. During that time, many pets were abandoned in foreclosed homes, often times without food or water. Others, having no choice, were forced to give up their pets to shelters.
Soon after Lost Our Home began, we learned that the need was even greater than originally thought and quickly expanded to offer additional programs for pets and pet parents facing other life crises too, including:
- Temporary Care Program provides up to 90 days of complete care for pets when their pet parents experience a life hardship and are unable to care for them temporarily. This relieves pet parents of the overwhelming fear of losing their pet and in turn, allows them to solely focus on regaining stability in their lives so they can be reunited with their pet. .
- Pet Food Bank Program (Animeals on Wheels), provides pet food and supplies to financially struggling individuals so they do not have to give their pets up simply because they cannot afford pet food during their time of need.
- Animal Rescue Program for Abandoned/Owner Surrendered Pets provides medical care, shelter and food, all while trying to find forever loving homes.
- Low Income Boarding Program offers discounted boarding for low income pet parents who cannot afford traditional boarding.
- Partnership with Sojourner Center in Phoenix, one of the largest domestic violence shelters in the U.S. Together, we opened and manage a Pet Companion Shelter on their campus so that women escaping domestic violence can keep their pets with them while they heal.
Lost Our Home Pet Rescue is the only non-profit, no kill pet rescue based in Phoenix whose mission is dedicated to providing compassionate services to pets and pet parents in crisis. Whether it be a foreclosure, homelessness, job loss, illness, domestic violence or any other hardship, we are there to serve pets and pet parents in the Valley who have nowhere else to turn. Often times, we are their very last hope. For many pet owners with few resources, the only other option is surrendering their pet(s) to overcrowded shelters where they face an uncertain future, even death. Our programs were created with one purpose in mind . . . to keep pets with their families, which fulfills both human and animal needs, and leads to longer, happier, healthier lives and a strong community!
In the past 8 years, Lost Our Home Pet Rescue has grown to become an integral part of the community, delivering not only life-changing, but also life-saving programs that no other animal rescue organization is doing. We are very proud of the fact that since 2008, we’ve helped over 20,000 pets! 3,800 of those pets were placed in new loving homes, 16,000+ hungry pets were fed through our Pet Food Bank and over 650 pets were reunited with their families after a crisis.
Board of Directors
Gina Page began her career with Arizona`s Vision in 1997 as a Manager and Consultant for Dr. Mark Page. At that time, it was a single doctor practice; she was instrumental in growing their business into a multiple Doctor entity. As a Business Administrator, she worked to increase profitability, which led to the expansion of the practice three times, in her tenure. The business is currently, one of the largest private practices in the state. Gina joined Lost Our Home Pet Rescue as a volunteer in 2014; shortly after starting she developed and implemented a treadmill program for the dogs. She firmly believes in the mission and all the programs at Lost Our Home Pet Rescue and assists in Adoptions, Medical fostering, Food Bank deliveries, Events, and exercising the dogs. Gina is a passionate animal advocate and is Mom to five, spoiled rescued dogs and one cat. Gina serves proudly as Vice President, Board of Directors and serves on numerous committees for Lost Our Home Pet Rescue.
Marion is a Finance Director with Honeywell and has been with the company or its spin-off Alliant Techsystems her entire career. This long association with one company has afforded her the chance to work in almost every aspect of corporate finance from the Integrated Supply Chain to Pricing to Corporate Reporting and Mergers & Acquisitions. She received her degree in accounting from Minnesota State University. She comes from a long line of animal lovers and has rarely been without at least one animal companion her entire life.
Beverly has extensive knowledge in the Insurance industry working for both Insurance Agencies and Insurance Companies for the past 43 years. Currently, (and for the past 6 years) Beverly has worked at Nautilus Insurance Group as a Quality Control Auditor. Beverly is a docent volunteer for more than 13 years for AAWL and has been fostering cats/kittens for over 9 years. She specializes in harder-to-foster cats/kittens by treating and caring for ring worm kittens, cats needing special medical care or bottle feeding.
Brenda is the Owner/Designated Broker of The Empowered Team, LLC, and has been a Realtor since 1978. Brenda answers all the incoming LOH calls (seven days a week), and assists people in finding pet-friendly rentals (donating her full commission to cover pet deposits). Brenda also serves on our Organizational Health Committee and she is a dog foster.
Florine is a former social worker, and was a construction project coordinator for 20 years. She has a BA in social work from Chico State University. Florine is the LOH PetSmart Cat Room Manager at the Priest and Elliot location. She recruits and schedules the volunteers, monitors/cares for the cats, processes adoptions, and organizes and runs the adoption events. She is also the liaison between staff at that PetSmart location and LOH, and she is a foster for cats and kittens.
Wendy has been a business analyst at Intel Corporation for 14 years, working with computer information systems. She has an MBA in technology management from University of Phoenix, and a BS in computer information systems from Arizona State University. Wendy is the administrator for the information system that stores all of our animal records and contact information for volunteers, fosters, and adopters. She publishes monthly indicators that help LOH track progress toward our annual goals. Wendy is also a kitten foster, specializing in baby kittens 3¬-12 weeks old.
Aaron is a former Marine who served from 2006 to 2010 as an Infantryman. Upon serving in the Marine Corps, Aaron attended Arizona State University to obtain both his Bachelor and Masters of Science in Accountancy degrees. Aaron has continued his professional career since 2013 at Heinfeld, Meech & Co., P.C., initially as an auditor, and now currently as a Business Consultant. In 2014, he became a licensed Certified Public Accountant, and is currently pursuing a license as a Certified Fraud Examiner. Since 2014, Aaron has provided professional insight and expertise as a member of the Board of Directors for Lost Our Home Pet Rescue.
Mina is an attorney at Gust Rosenfeld P.L.C. Mina practices in the areas of real estate litigation, real estate transactions, commercial litigation and commercial transactions. She advises and represents title insurance companies and their insureds, escrow agents, lenders, developers, brokers, contractors and similar clients. Her work in the real estate industry led her to Lost Our Home Pet Rescue in 2014. Mina is passionate about Lost Our Home’s mission to ensure that all pets have loving homes. She is the proud pet parent of Emma, a Portuguese Water Dog, and Izzy, a Domestic Long-Haired Cat.
Tricia Pickering began her career at Edward Jones in 2003. Her team consists of 2 limited partners who have a combined total of 35 years of experience meeting clients’ goals & needs. Tricia has been influential in the firm assuming numerous leadership roles, including Growth Leader, Performance Leader, & Area Leader for our Women’s Initiative. She holds an AAMS professional designation from the College of Financial Planning & is a Finance/Economics major at Grand Canyon University. Her education, leadership skills, & team approach provides a Client Centered Practice of highly personalized service to a select group of clients & non-profit organizations.
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