Who We Are and What We Do

Our Vision: “We envision a world where all senior dogs and cats live in healthy, loving, and supportive environments.”

We know how much a pet can enrich our lives. This can be even more true for a senior person, providing purpose, companionship and joy. But we recognize that there may be barriers to senior people enjoying and caring for a senior pet. So, we also focus on retention programs to help older owners keep their pets in their homes through the following efforts:

  • Developing outreach and education programs to create awareness of programs and resources available, not only through Silver Linings Rescue but other resources in the community.
  • Working closely with shelters and rescue organizations to find the best match for program participants.
  • Providing ongoing support to adopters by building relationships and providing resources when necessary.
  • Partnering with senior living facilities to broaden the possibility of enrichment for senior people and pets.
  • Planning for Your Pets, a program that assists pet owners form a care plan for their pet(s) should they pass away or become too ill to care for them. An important part of this plan is identifying and designating caregiver(s) as well as writing detailed instructions on how to best care for their pet(s). We’ve provided a PDF that you can fill out on your own. Copies should be made of all forms and given to caregivers, pet sitters, dog walkers, veterinarians and Silver Linings Rescue. If applicable, also give copies to the attorney preparing your estate plan. Silver Linings Rescue does not give legal advice.

    Click here to access the forms. If you would like assistance from a Silver Linings volunteer, please send an email to and someone will be in touch!

In 2018 a group of like-minded pet lovers came together with a shared passion for animal rescue. Through their own experiences sharing their lives with pets, they understood the benefits of connecting people and pets to save lives and facilitate meaningful bonds between the two.

Rachel DiGregorio, Board Chair, Resource & Case Management Committees

Emily McClain, Vice-Chair & Case Management Committee

Donna Dayton, Secretary & Case Management Committee Chair

Zak Szymanski, Board Member at Large, Outreach & Education Committee

Kathy George, Board Member at Large

Kirsten Wells, Treasurer

We recognize and thank former board members Deb Tomaro and Stace Goffinet for their hard work and dedication to the mission of Silver Linings Rescue.