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Balancing a quest for global change with a desire to act locally, Kim blends her passion for animal welfare and philanthropy to serve dogs in need as well as the people of the Capital Region. With hands-on experience revealing the softest side of dogs once deemed “unadoptable,” Kim believes that all dogs deserve the chance to shine, enriching people’s lives through therapeutic, educational, and companionship opportunities. Her goal at Dog House Adoptions is to make as many of those connections as possible.
As owner of Mixed Media Matters, Inc., Kim promotes animal welfare and humanitarian aid initiatives using digital and social media. Founding member and 3 year Director of Be the Change for Animals, Kim’s international activism site was awarded Best Cause Blog by DogTime Media. She also celebrates human/animal connections through writing, photography and film at ThisOneWildLife.com. Her home base for global reach? Rensselaer County!
Cassie Costantino Hayden
Board Secretary ad Kennel Director
Cassie has a grand scope of dog knowledge based on her professional experience at area kennels and vets, foster mom experience for over 80 rescue dogs and puppies, and as owner of both dogs and (shhh!) cats. As a valuable volunteer for organizations like Out of the Pits, Peppertree Rescue, Animal Protective Foundation, and The Animal Support Project (TASP), Cassie has a strong understanding of how rescue organizations operate, how each can work together for the greater good, and she never loses sight of the importance of private volunteer networking. She can often be found coordinating with several private and organizational parties at once to provide the best help possible to local dogs in need.
As a certified Animal Behavioral College Dog Trainer, Cassie’s mentor is Cydney Cross of Crossroads for Dogs. For nearly two years Cassie has taken dogs through and/or assisted Cyd with CGC classes around the Capitol District. She has taken many of her foster and dogs through CGC training as well. With respect to Cyd’s words, “Dogs are what we make them, either on purpose or by doing nothing,” Cassie has done the far opposite of nothing. Working closely with husband James Hayden, Jr., Cassie has made dogs the focus of her home, marriage, volunteer life and now her professional labor of love as well.
Audra Bentley, a lifelong Rensselaer County resident, has grown up caring for local strays of all kinds. As former owner of Curves in West Sand Lake, that mission continued as Audra rallied her members around community fundraisers for charity, many of which benefited animals. As a Pampered Chef Representative, she now rallies product parties to raise money for rescue.
After accepting her board position and meeting the dogs, Audra returned a day later to adopt Tucker, a sweet senior boy who will live the rest of his days immersed in more love than he’s ever known. Audra’s commitment to this dog and our organization offers that same hope for all Dog House Adoptions’ dogs.
Tim Clune, a public interest lawyer by day, was a founding member and dog adoption chairperson of a local rescue in his off time, placing over 500 dogs during his 15 year tenure. After a brief hiatus, Tim enthusiastically returned to the world of rescue as Board President of Dog House Adoptions, serving as Board President during the organization’s first year.
Originally from downstate, Tim has proudly called Rensselaer County home for more than 20 years and looks forward to addressing the unmet needs of stray dogs in his own back yard and for all dogs who cross his path.
Founding Member and Dog Handler
Lori Harris, active in animal rescue for more than 13 years, has focused her volunteer efforts on dogs.
Working for a private development company that builds affordable housing throughout the U.S., Lori and her husband built their own home right here in Rensselaer County.
As the owner of the “very best dog” who was returned three times before finding her permanent place in this world, Lori is committed to helping as many very deserving dogs to find their homes too.