BtC4animals.com is a site voluntarily managed by and for the animal advocate community. That said, we are happy to introduce the talented people behind Team BTC4A, a family of bloggers on a mission to help all animals in need – everywhere!
Director/Founder: Kim Clune
Kim co-founded BTC4animals with Amy Burkert in May of 2010 to coalesce the online community of animal advocates. Kim is responsible for guiding the BTC4A mission, web design, newsletters, and team building. Balancing a quest for global change with a desire to act locally, Kim also co-founded Dog House Adoptions to serve stray dogs and the people of New York’s Capital Region. She believes that all dogs deserve the chance to shine, enriching people’s lives through therapeutic, educational, and companionship opportunities. Kim’s business, Mixed Media Matters, Inc., promotes the initiatives of animal welfare and humanitarian groups in online spaces. She also celebrates human/animal connections at her personal blog, ThisOneWildLife.com.
Community Liaison: Kim Thomas
Kim Thomas has been the daily driving force behind BTC4A’s online communities (Facebook, Twitter and G+) since early 2011. And she’s written about plenty of causes too. A freelance writer and mother of four; her family shares their Chicago-area home with two dogs, three cats and foster kitties. She volunteers with Almost Home Foundation, an all-volunteer organization that has rescued over 5,000 dogs and cats since its inception in March 2005. Kim shares her love for pets and concern for animal welfare in her blog, CindyLu’s Muse – appropriately named after her strong-willed but irresistable pup, CindyLu, who occasionally injects her own views.
Community Liaison: Kristine Tonks
When not writing and co-managing social media for BTC4A, Kristine Tonks’s day job is at a non-profit organization in Nova Scotia but what she really loves to do is eat cheese, read pretentious novels, and post photos of her rescue dog, Shiva, on the Internet. That last one – and more – is accomplished on Kristine’s always interesting, insightful and inspiring blog, Rescued Insanity. There, she also hosts a life list of 100 things she’d like to do (like wear pajamas all day during a blizzard and ride a really big roller coaster that goes upside down). We love the adventurous side of Kristine’s brain, as well as her intellectual acuity. Get to know her and we’re sure you’ll feel the same.
Former Members Who Helped Us Rise
Co-Founder: Amy Burkert
In addition to BTC4animals.com, Amy is a co-founder of the award-winning pet travel website, GoPetFriendly.com, a free resource for all the pet friendly information needed to travel with pets throughout the US and Canada. She and her husband spend much of their time traveling in a Winnebago with their dogs, Ty and Buster. Their blog, Take Paws, is an encyclopedia of pet travel tips, pet friendly destination advice, and humorous tales of the couple’s dog friendly adventures.
A.J. Postiglione is obsessed with bad puns, pop culture, powdered sugar, dogs and has made great efforts raising awareness through BTC4A, whether writing causes or Blogging the Change. She inherited her love of animals from her family, most of whom agree that they would rather be one of the family dogs if given the choice – it’s a good gig. When not reenacting Legally Blonde as part of her day job, you can find her hanging out with her husband and her rescue pup. She volunteers with Friends of Homeless Animals, where she helps out with adoption events and Twitter. She also maintains an oft-neglected cupcake blog. While the parameters of her fabulous new job no longer allow her to participate, we are so grateful for her many contributions and are happy to know she’s continuing feel-good work in her professional life.
Peggy has been a long-time cause writer and columnist in the BTC4A newsletter. She is an award-winning writer specializing in pets, with stories in The Ultimate Dog Lover, Miracles and Animals, and others; a regular contributor to Guideposts magazine; and a contributor to more than a dozen Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her first book is Dieting with my Dog (Hubble & Hattie, 2011). Her “pet cause” is pet adoption, sparked by the love of a scrawny stray beagle-lab named Happy, an orphaned farm mutt named Corky, and currently, her rescue spaniel-mix pooch, Kelly. Peggy enjoys sharing tips and inspiration in her twice-monthly web column, Pawsitively Pets, and on her blog Peggy’s Pet Place.
Vicki Stringfellow Cook began writing cause posts for BTC4A and, in 2013, took the reins for a year in 2013. Vicki is a mom, self-professed crazy cat lady and a passionate pet blogger. Her blog is dedicated to her pet rabbit, Bunny Jean Cook, and it focuses on animals and animal-related causes. She is also a volunteer fundraiser for Nipclub, a virtual “nightclub” on Twitter that raises money for animal charities, and she wrote for Examiner.com as the Pittsburgh Animal Rescue Examiner.
Mary Haight led BTC4A’s joint campaign with Change.org in her Petland USA, Stop Selling Pets – Fire Puppy Mills! campaign. Mary has been fascinated with animals from a young age and cared for whatever — cats, birds, chipmunks — showed up in her yard. Mary’s been learning from animals ever since, working with horses and dogs. Currently living in the Chicago area with her dog Tashi, Mary is an officer on the board of Lake Shore Animal Shelter, one of the first No-Kill shelters in the US, serves on the board of the Chicago Animal Shelter Alliance, and is founder of the podcast site Animal Cafe. She has been involved with animal welfare for over 15 years.
Mel made her BTC4A writing debut during our 2011 October-long campaign against puppy mills. Mel’s yellow lab, Daisy, is rescued mill dog – #201. Mel is a former pet sitter and dog walker from St Paul, Minnesota. Before becoming a pet sitter, she volunteered at the Minnesota Valley Humane Society (MVHS) for 8 years as a dog walker and Star program trainer. In her time at MVHS, she fostered 4 dogs, failing with three – Daisy, Jasper and Lady (her present dogs). She also has a cat, named Nick. In 2012, Mel went on to persue more hands-on, local rescue work.
Maggie Marton is a freelance writer based in Bloomington, Indiana. When she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out with her dogs while trying to convince her husband that they also need a cat. Maggie’s cause to end Breed Specific Legislation in Denver, CO was the first cause ever hosted on BtC4animals.com, making her a member of the BtC team since the very beginning!
Shauna Stewart Douglas
Shauna was a single dancer / backpacker / student living in Toronto, Melbourne, Tokyo and Amsterdam… and then she met her husband, John, moved to an island off the west coast of Canada, got married, got a mortgage, and added two dogs to the mix: Mickey (a chihuahua x) and Kayloo (a pittie/collie/australian mix of some kind). Her blog, Fido & Wino, is about all three and she posts lots of photos – because that’s how she rolls. Shauna is also “the chick” behind the R.O.A.R. Squad- Rescue Owners Are Rockin! which was profiled here on BtC4animals. Shauna is now making room in her life for a bambino and we wish her growing family all the best!