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 SOS Beagle Rescue Leadership

Linda Forrest
Linda Forrest
SOS Founder and Director,
Director of New Jersey Chapter
Atco, NJ 08004

Linda started SOS Beagle Rescue in 1992. At the time she was exhibiting her beagles in AKC competitions (both conformation and obedience). Animal rights activists in NJ tried to pass legislation which would have resulted in high licensing fees for breeders while allowing shelters to place unneutered animals without restriction. Linda began convassing her local shelter to assist in placing their beagles, and eventually became so busy with rescue that her show and breeding careers were discontinued.

Linda oversees all three chapters of SOS Beagle Rescue and fosters many of the group's dogs herself. (There are currently 6 other NJ foster homes).

Beth Schultheis
Beth Schultheis
Director of Tennessee Chapter

Beth joined SOS Beagle Rescue early in 2008. One of our core shelters put her in touch with Amber Levendusky when Beth found a beagle. Amber was then in charge of our Tennessee chapter, but has since moved to Wisconsin and hopes to open a SOS chapter there in 2011.

Beth is our powerhouse in Tennessee -- arranging foster homes for dogs from our 15 core kill shelters, and coordinating transport through the Newport Animal Shelter and private volunteer runs. She rescues other breeds as well, but was instrumental in assisting the 157 beagles transferred from Tenessee to New Jersey in 2010.

Jennifer Kersh
Jennifer Kersh
Former Director of Alabama Chapter

The Alabama chapter has closed - SOS would like to thank Jennifer and her many volunteers for their efforts and success

Jennifer Kersh started the Alabama chapter of SOS Beagle Rescue in 2008. The Alabama chapter has 6 foster homes located throughout the state, providing temporary shelter and care for approximately 9 or 10 dogs. The chapter's primary focus is to assist in rehoming Alabama beagles. Jennifer met Linda through a mutual friend and quickly realized that this was her opportunity to become part of the rescue community and to do more for animals and beagles in particular. Jennifer and her husband Howard have two beagles of their own, in addition to their foster beagles.