About Us


Years ago a group of women met at Rochester Animal Service volunteering their time in an effort save those that were unwanted or forgotten. In 2016 these like-minded women decided that they wanted to put these efforts into helping on a larger scale. These women were in the process of opening their own business, so the only logical decision was to start a rescue focusing on animals in the greater Rochester area, with the opening of the business it would give them a brick and mortar location to help give housing to a displaced animal.

They took off running. The business opened in August of 2016 and the rescue was officially approved as a non-profit shortly after. Pets Stop Here’s journey began in September with a pup named Roscoe. The progress continued through the end of 2016 and all through 2017. In early 2018 one of our trio decided it was time to step away and take care of her family. This left an opening that needed to be filled.

Dawn & Dianne were not given much of a choice. Kelley had been working with Roscoe for months and didn’t want to see an organization that she believed in so strongly struggle. So, she stepped into that vacancy. Joining the forces of these 3 incredible women have led to increased fundraising events, a greater social media presence(increasing awareness and adding foster homes to the roster), and as a result the adoption rates in 2019 are already on the way to surpassing those of 2018 exponentially.

We at Pets Stop Here believe every dog should have a chance at forever happiness. Could you help us find that happiness for all of the dogs?


Meet our Board


Dawn Saunders

Retired from Kodak after 36 years and opened a dog daycare and boarding facility with a partner. The subject Rescue was also started at that time. Dawn is a long-time volunteer at Rochester Animal Services, and is the Enrichment Coordinator there. Certified Dog Trainer with Animal Behavioral College.


Dianne Iannello

Volunteer at Rochester Animal Services, enrichment team and Play Yard Leader. Dianne is a volunteer for local rescue groups and is dedicated to training the dogs in her care and placing them in with their forever homes. Certified in pet first aid, seminars attended include: Dynamics of Dog Play, Fearful Dogs, Animal Behavior. Dianne has been trained in feeding and in the health benefits of feeding a raw diet to dogs, and also trains others in this practice. Dianne’s is a multiple-dog household, all rescued pups.


Kelley Murtha

Corporate Banking for 14 years, multiple positions from sales to analytical, New York State Notary and Volunteer at Rochester Animal Services. Kelley’s community efforts include Food-link, the Special Olympics, and several animal rescue organizations.  Currently in charge of the fundraising events, foster program, and oversee the adoption process for PSHR.


Sue Kane


Carol Hall


Rachel Ferro