Our Core Volunteers

Michele S.


Michele officially founded OCPoundhounds Small Breed Rescue in 2005, after adopting her first “poundhound” from Baldwin Park Animal Care & Control.  Seeing the need for aggressive spay and neuter education, and adoption, versus buying from Backyard Breeders and Pet Shops secured through puppy mills, Craigslist and the Pennysaver, Michele started the rescue, primarily focusing on Chihuahuas, Pomeranians and Papillons.  Michele brings with her 5 years of veterinary technician experience and 15+ years in Human Resource Recruitment, Placement and Administration.  Her breeds of choice and knowledge are Papillons, Pomeranians and Chihuahuas.  Michele can be reached at michele@ocpoundhounds.com

Patricia S. & Johnny Walker

Patricia volunteered on the Board of OCPoundhounds as our Foster and Adoption Coordinator for over 2 years before her untimely passing. Patricia brought with her 15+ years of non-profit and small business administration experience, as well as a lifetime of dog experience and positive bahviour training. Patricia specialized in the training of service dogs, of which Johnny Walker, her long-haired chihuahua, proudly wore his service cape.  Izzy was in training as a Service Mobility Dog.

In Memory of an Integral and Valued Member of the OCPoundhounds Team
and a Great Friend 1st February 1950 – 7th August, 2009.
Johnny Walker joined her in August, 2014

Jen Z
Board Member


Jen joined OCPoundhounds originally as a Foster Mum in 2008 and then transformed in to a Board Member and training resource in 2009.  Jen brings with her a warm, bubbly personality and 10+ years of positive dog training.  She is an Accredited Pet Dog Trainer,  APDT Member, and follows the principles of Positive Reinforcement Methods for All Levels.  Jen’s experience is invaluable for evaluating our potential rescues at the shelters and working on behaviours such as separation anxiety, house manners training, introducing cats and dogs, and general socialization.  Her breed of choice are Poodles, Xolo’s PIO’s (Peruvian Inca Orchids) and other Hairless breeds.  Jen is available for private dog training consultations and dog behaviour evaluations.  In her other life Jen is a Behavioural Therapist for the Orange County School system where she works with children with autism.  Jen can be reached at jen@ocpoundhounds.com