WHO WE ARE

Home Dog LA believes that every family deserves to keep their beloved pets, even when they come across hard times. Our mission is to prevent economically stressed families of North Central Los Angeles from surrendering their pets to the shelter by presenting them with alternative options. We offer access to resources, education, and information, all designed to help keep pets in their homes. Ultimately, we hope our work makes the community a more compassionate place to live.

 

Kerry Armstrong
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
After years of volunteering in shelters, Kerry founded HDLA to provide resources to low income pet owners so that they can keep their pets instead of turning them in to the shelter due to financial or other hardships. Before moving to LA in 2007, Kerry trained dogs in New York City with 'Who’s Walking Who', produced commercial photo shoots, and was part of the experimental theater company Red Dive. In LA, she was the Senior Producer of The Moth StorySLAM Series and main stage events. She lives on the East side of LA with her screenwriter husband, two energetic children, a small herd of dogs and one corn snake.

 

OFFICERS

Sally Nemeth is an award winning playwright and screenwriter. Her plays have been produced by theaters throughout the English speaking world and many are published. She began her TV career writing for "Law & Order," and has written for every major television network. She's also a published author of novels for young adults. A lifelong rescuer of critters, large and small, she and her husband live with two former shelter dogs, two ex street cats, four hens and countless fish.

Lana Meier has worked as Director of Business Operations at a boutique talent agency specializing in music for the past 15 years. She has always been passionate about animals, which evolved into her doing rescue work. Lana works closely with The Little Red Dog rescue, and evaluates and pulls dogs from shelters for the organization. Every Saturday, Lana counsels families for Home Dog LA at the North Central Shelter Intervention table, and follows up during the week to be sure that their needs have been met. Lana loves living in the chaos of a home with her fiancé and assorted rescue pups.

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Jamie Garabedian lives with her fiancé and two rescue pups, Glenn and Murray, in Highland Park. A lover of all animals and a believer in being a voice for the voiceless, Jamie has been volunteering at her local animal shelter since the age of 12 and has followed a vegan diet since high school.  She was introduced to Home Dog LA while volunteering at North Central Shelter and loved the work they were doing and wanted to be involved in any way possible. On Sundays you can find her at the Home Dog LA table, lending a hand as a volunteer intervention counselor. Previously she has volunteered her time as a public relations consultant for The Humane League, Spay Neuter Project LA, and RedRover. Professionally Jamie spends her days as the Global Head of Publicity for Red Bull Records and has spearheaded publicity campaigns for artists such as The 1975, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Mayer Hawthorne and Janet Jackson to name a few.


Safia Hussain is an attorney at the law firm of Blank Rome LLP, specializing in business litigation. Safia has had a lifelong interest in animal welfare and rights. In April 2006, her student note, "Attacking the Dog-Bite Epidemic: Why Breed-Specific Legislation Won't Solve the Dangerous Dog Dilemma" was published in the Fordham Law Review, and has since been republished and cited in numerous law journals and scholarly articles as support for behavioral-based legislation. Before moving to Los Angeles, Safia served on the New York State Bar Association Committee on Animals and the Law, and was the co-coordinator of the Committee's annual MCLE panel discussion. Safia has volunteered with animal rescue and wildlife rehabilitation organizations for over 20 years. She lives in Santa Monica with a goofy dog and an entitled cat, both (now spoiled) rescue animals.


Katrina Knudson has spent most of her life around animals large and small. Growing up she had a houseful of critters, and she volunteered at zoos and wildlife refuges throughout high school and college. Her work with homeless pets began when she fostered her first dog in 1999, and she has been hooked ever since. In addition to fostering, her rescue work in Los Angeles has included volunteer supervision, education, and event planning; she has also worked with dogs on-set as an assistant production trainer. She is a docent and donor for the LA Zoo, and the founder of the Los Angeles Microphilanthropy League. She is excited and proud to support Home Dog LA, because its mission resonates so strongly with her own values: If we want to help animals, we have to help people, too. Katrina is a writer and educational consultant who lives in Koreatown with her husband and their two dogs, Ronin and Miss Moneypenny, and a constantly rotating series of magical foster dogs.


Julie Maigret is an Interior Designer with a background in advertising and marketing. But her real passion is dog ownership. Over the past ten years, Julie has lent her talents to local rescue organizations through serving as a staff photographer, organizing adoption events, planning fundraising events and running social media campaigns to help raise awareness for these vital organizations. She is pretty stoked to become a part of the innovative and impactful world of Shelter Intervention Groups and feels Home Dog LA is a pioneer in changing the lives of animals and humans for the better. And there can never be enough of that. She lives in Los Feliz with her entrepreneur husband and two dogs; Pico, the strong willed and greedy Chiweenie, and Sydney Bristow, the intense and mysterious Basenji Mix.


Sandra Shadic was introduced to shelter intervention via social media and soon began volunteering. Not so coincidentally her furry family has doubled since becoming a regular at North Central Animal Shelter. She has a soft spot for seniors, tiny chi's, and ragamuffin cats. Life outside of her pack includes juggling many professional hats including property manager and professional problem solver/assistant.


Carol Shogren is a top producing real estate agent, honored with The President's award in 2016 at Rodeo Realty. Former member of the USPTA, she enjoys squash, golf, and home renovation & design. At any given time in all of our lives each of us probably could use a little help sometime, and Carol truly believes that when all the rescue organizations work together, we can accomplish change in the lives of people and their pets. Carol has the joy of sharing her life with her dogs, Newman and Mugs, rescues from The Amanda Foundation, and her dog, Foster, from The East Valley Shelter.


Jessica Youd lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Tim, five children, and many rescue pets. Jessica runs her family's non-profit business, Margo's Bark Soda Co. This company began as a school science fair project when her son Oscar was in kindergarten. One hundred percent of Margo's Bark profit is donated to animal rescue. Jessica is also a board member at St. James Episcopal School.

 


Debbie Zeitman entered the animal rescue world as a photographer, intent on capturing alluring images of animals in need to help them find homes. With a background as a photojournalist, feature film editor, and writer, Debbie knows the power of visuals to tell stories. After years of volunteering at North Central Animal Shelter and co-running its Facebook page, she joined the board of Home Dog LA hoping to help keep beloved pets with their families, which in turn reduces the number of animals entering the shelter.

 


INTERVENTION COUNSELORS

Lana Meier

Sara Harris

Sandra Shadic

Isabel Renteria