Beth J. Bates
President and Founder
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A dog lover since childhood, Beth has enjoyed working with many local dog rescue organizations over the past twelve years. The need to offer support and services to the rescue community prompted her to form She has combined her compassion for homeless dogs and her experience in business management and technology to bring resources to the pet community and tools to help dogs find and stay in loving homes.

Her web development company, Web Strategies Internet Solutions, serves small businesses providing consulting in web development, online marketing and social media strategies. An avid blogger, Beth enjoys writing her own blog on digital marketing, business tips and social media.

As well as serving on the board as President, Beth also serves as Vice President of the Winchester Main Street Foundation and Vice President of the Old Town Winchester Business Association. She resides in Bentonville, VA, with her husband, Mark, four dogs, Willy, Mickey, Bruno, and Vivian and two cats, Zesty and Tangy.


Heidi Weiss
Vice President / Major Events
Heidi, a native of Vienna, VA, was raised on a farm and is an animal lover. With a background in event management and coordination, she currently works locally for a national association. She was converted from a cat-person to a dog-fanatic several years ago.

She raised her Jack Russell Terrorist, Flip, from a puppy and they’ve been everywhere together (including hiking, kayaking, winery touring, OBX and just relaxing). In November 2009 at the Home 4 the Holidays adoption event, Heidi met Flip’s soul-mate and adopted “Tiki” a little Terrier mix from Lost Dog & Cat Rescue. Flip and Tiki are now the Dynamic Duo, terrorizing the neighborhood squirrels and generally creating mayhem and chaos. Tiki is the perfect addition to their family!

In her free time she enjoys wines and cooking, and of course, catering to her pooches. “I really enjoy working with, and believe in what we are trying to accomplish. If each person would give just a tiny percent of their time or a donation to an organization such as, we would be able to help so many more homeless dogs.”