Meet our Volunteers

Kristi Jacobs

Kristi Jacobs

President, Board Member, and Adoption Coordinator

My husband Bill and I fell in love with pugs in 1992 with our first pug Bubba. We are currently owned by 4 pugs, Elvis, Abby, Bubby, and Kelly, and I couldn’t imagine my life without them.

A few years after our first pug, we started searching for a pug to join our family  and came across a breeder who turned out to be a horrible puppy mill.  Since that time, I have made it my mission to help pugs in need. I began with Pug Partners in 2009 as a volunteer, then as the Adoption Coordinator in 2011, Treasurer in 2012, and President in 2016. I have been given the privilege to lead Pug Partners in our quest to help as many pugs as possible.  I am very proud of this rescue as we continue to grow and find better ways to help pugs in need.  To be owned by a pug is a privilege and that is why we are selective in our process of adoption.

Rachel Balkovec

Rachel Balkovec

Vice President, Board Member, and Media Coordinator

I have 2 pugs, Tia and Riley, who are my little sidekicks.  On my search to find Tia in 2005, I witnessed a puppy mill in person and from that point on I knew I wanted to be part of a rescue that educated the public about the horrors that go on inside a mill operation.  I became involved with Pug Partners in August of 2012 helping out with Facebook and various other “rescue” operations.  There is nothing more satisfying then seeing a rescued pug entering a new life filled with love, compassion and a new zest for life.

Terra Henggeler

Terra Henggeler

Board Member, Volunteer, Foster and Intake Coordinator

I’ve been working with Pug Partners as a foster and volunteer since 2010.  I fell in love with pugs at a young age and vowed as soon as I was on my own I would get that Pug I had always yearned for. Rocky is the first Pug to own me and he only deepened my love for the breed.  In 2010 I volunteered to foster my first puppy mill survivor, Zoe whom was quickly a foster failure and the rest was history. I have since gone onto become the volunteer coordinator, foster coordinator and intake coordinator and also serve on the Board of Directors for Pug Partners.  I attribute everything to Zoe, who opened my eyes to a whole new world and helped me find my purpose.

Each day in rescue can be truly trying, but thankfully we have an amazing group of volunteers and we all stick close together and go on to conquer each day and embrace the next. I look forward to being a part of Pug Partners for years to come!

Barbi Marsh

Barbi Marsh

Board Member and Treasurer

I’ve been working with Pug Partners as a foster volunteer since 2010.  The first pug that I was owned by, Puggy, came to our family in 2009 from a breeder that a friend was able to get released after she was no longer of any value to him.  I fell in love with the breed and knew I wanted to do what I could to help other pugs. It breaks my heart to see what breeders will put animals through for their own profit. My volunteer work with Pug Partners is my small way in helping right their wrongs. Fostering is a family affair in our home with everyone helping with the socializing and providing care for the foster pugs while in our home. To have a small part of helping a scared, non-socialized pug mature into the perfect addition for someone’s family is so rewarding.

I currently serve on the Board of Directors for Pug Partners, I’m the current Treasurer and I’m also one of the Adoption Coordinators. This is an amazing group of volunteers to work with and I look forward to watching this organization continue to grow.  As our network of volunteers grow this will allow us to help even more pugs in need.

Jennifer Coe

Jen Coe

Board Member, Volunteer

Welcome Pug Lovers! Thank you for checking out the Pug Partners of Nebraska website! We are happy you visited! My name is Jen Coe and I started to foster for Pug Partners back in 2010. I remember when I first purchased my pug from a puppy mill in the hills of Missouri and I thought, “Is this really where puppies come from?!” I knew from that moment that the pugs I saw in a cage 15 feet in the air shouldn’t be there, and there were so many things that weren’t right with large breeding facilities. A few years later I started to do a little more research and learned about the inhumane treatment many animals endure, and it was my turn to fight against puppy mills! I have worn many hats in the rescue, and I am currently a board member for Pug Partners. Please consider being a foster parent, joining our group, or at minimum, educate others about puppy mills. We need to be the voice for the voiceless. Thank you!

Larry Mozer

Larry Mozer

Secretary

I live in Lincoln with my wife LuAnn and our dogs and cats. I work at UNL in the libraries and LuAnn is an RN. Both LuAnn and I help in other areas (events, transportation, etc.), when our schedules allow, as needed. I first fell in love with pugs in June 2007. After the death of one of our Pekingese (she was hit by a car), we were looking for another Pekingese and came across a pug. Although we did not get that particular pug, I was smitten by the look of the pug and we ended up getting Bandit (a PekePug) who was 10 weeks old at the time. I became totally enamored with Pugs at that point and Bandit became totally spoiled. My wife, LuAnn, grew up with a pug and was already a fan of the breed. We started the Lincoln Pug Club in June 2008 (and joined the Omaha Pug Club as well). We now have a 2nd pug, Adrienne, who we got from Pug Partners and a corgi mix (Molly) plus 2 cats. We became involved with Pug Partners, having met many of the Pug Partners people at the Omaha Pug Club meetings, in January 2010 when we fostered our first pug for Pug Partners. We have become more involved over the years, leading to my current position. Both LuAnn and I really enjoy working with Pug Partners and all the dedicated volunteers who have helped Pug Partners save so many pugs!

Kelly Anderson

Kelly Anderson

Webmaster

I married into my first pug, Izzy, who is such a lovable girl that I decided to help other pugs in need as a volunteer. Before I knew it, my wife and I had adopted our second pug, Norm.

Norm likes to help keep me company while I work on the Pug Partners website, and to act as my sidekick when I take photos of the available pugs at the Meet & Greets. Together, we hope to get all the pugs into their ideal forever homes!

Jessica and Matt

Jessica and Matt

Founders

Jessica and Matt fell in love with pugs when they got their first pug puppy Rocky in April 2005. Later that year, they became active with the Omaha Pug Club and their love for pugs grew exponentially. In 2008 the opportunity to foster a pug in need came and they took in their first foster pug, Lily. Lily was a puppy mill survivor who didn’t know anything about ‘real’ life. Grass, stairs, the TV were all new things to Lily. Within a month of fostering, they knew that their life would be the same without Lily in it. So they adopted her. Soon they learned about more and more pugs in need and with the help of Megan and Si Hollibaugh, started up Pug Partners of Nebraska.

Since then with the help of our amazing volunteers, Pug Partners of Nebraska has rescued over 600 pugs. For Jess and Matt the most rewarding part of doing rescue work is seeing families cherish the joy of owning pugs. Pugs are such caring, loyal, funny dogs that they believe everyone’s household would be happier with pugs!  Without the support of our wonderful donors and volunteers, Pug Partners wouldn’t be able to help so many needy pugs and make so many families happy. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU for all your support!

Whitney Kamish

Whitney Kamish

Co-Founder

I helped co-found the rescue in 2008 with my sister (Jessica Ellis) and love helping Pug Partners rescue pugs in need.