Erin Johnson – Shelter Manager

erin-and-parkerThere is a quote by Anatole France that reads, “Until one has loved an animal, part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”  I often think back to this and find myself incredibly thankful that I am doing exactly what I was born to do.  I am overjoyed to tell you that my soul is wide awake because of these animals that we take care of here at DVHS.  I have been working in animal rescue for almost 10 years. Although my background was primarily in adoptions and community outreach programs for spay and neuter programs, shelter management has been a wonderful new challenge that has made me incredibly proud of the team that we have here and of our amazing facility.  My fiancé and I share three childen and two pitbulls.




Kara Schaeffer – Behaviorist & Trainer


I have been a dog lover since a child. I became interested in training
dogs when I got a puppy that behaved terribly. In an attempt to help my
puppy I immersed myself in dog training books. I was in absolute awe when
I realized what could be accomplished in such a short period when you
communicate correctly with your dog. I then reached out to local trainers to
learn more. In 2009 I decided to go to school for dog training. I attended
Anthony Jerone’s School of Dog Training and Career INC in Queens NY. Since graduation I have spent most of my time volunteering with Amigo Search and Rescue Dogs a non-profit K9 Search and Rescue Team. I now have 2 operational K9s as well as another in training. I have spent countless hours helping others train their SAR dogs as well.

  • Graduated from Anthony Jerone’s School of Dog Training and Career, Inc. in 2009.
  • Director of Amigo Search and Rescue Dogs INC Non-Profit K9 Search and Rescue team
  • Certified K9 Search and Rescue Handler through the New York State Federation of Search and Rescue
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator