Our Board of Directors & Officers are a dedicated group of dog lovers & rescuers.   Some of many years of experience, and some are new at rescue work, but either way, we ALL work very hard to make sure these precious souls are RESCUED, VETTED, CHIPPED, SNIPPED & LUVED!  Then we find them a wonderful, loving family to take care of them the rest of their lives!


Cindy N. Shotwell

Cindy is a native of the Felicianas and grew up with her devoted dog, Noel.  She is married her high school sweetheart, Gary.  She is the mother of three grown human sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law & one son-in-law & is the proud "Doda" to two beautiful grandsons.  After her 2012 retirement from 30+ yrs. in the legal field, Cindy's love of animals led her to begin the Lost Pets page.    Soon, she found herself rescuing the many abandoned dogs in the area. She, along with friends, have climbed over, climbed under, broken in, and pretty much everything in between to nab some poor fur-baby that was lost or abandoned.  She has rescued, dogs, cats, bird, pigs, bunnies & chickens.   She enjoys traveling to visit her out of town kids, reading, music, history, shopping estate sales, and watching her favorite Saint, Drew Brees & the WhoDat Nation.  She is currently the mommy to three mini doxies, Trixie, Harley & Breesie-Pey, two cats, Sarah Jessica Parker & Boy-Cat, and a revolving door of foster pups. She LOVES to catch up with her former foster pups and get hugs as often as she can.  She is ENDLESSLY indebted to her sweet hubs who tirelessly works in her rescue dream, without complaint..errr well maybe a little!  Without him, she could never do this work.    Cindy is currently serving as the President of the Board & is our Executive Director.  

Janis Vanderginst

Janis is an Iowa native who relocated to Louisiana in the Summer of 2017, with her husband Mike.   Janis has one grown son & is soon to be a grandmother to a beautiful little granddaughter!   She has been involved in rescue for ____ years and has had many fosters over the years.  When her husband, Mike, was relocated to Georgia Pacific here in Zachary, she knew she wanted to find a local rescue to get involved in.  It was fate that she & Cindy would meet & the rest, as they say, is history!  Janis is currently serving as Vice-President of the Board and as Asst. Director.  She also serves as the Foster Coordinator for MLD.  She is tireless in her efforts to help find these precious pups find loving homes. 

Sharon P. Brown

Sharon is a ?? native.  She

Maja Peterson , Office Manager

Maja earned her associate's degree in Office Administration at Nameless College. In 2000, she moved to Washington, D.C. with her husband and joined the Keene Dental team. She is a scheduling extraordinaire and prides herself in having developed the system that keeps patient wait time under five minutes. As an interior design enthusiast, she took it upon herself to create an inviting atmosphere for our office. She enjoys rock climbing, painting, and video games.