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Meet the care givers

JD –Kennel Manager

JD joined the Plymouth Heights team in February 2010. What started as a second job to pay for student loans, turned into a desire to care for the most loving creatures on earth; and he hopes to see the fruit of those efforts multiply. Outside of work JD stays involved in social and discipleship groups at Substance Church, and a men’s ministry called “Men of the City” through Isaiah 61 Ministries. He uses those resources to become a better person in character and wisdom, and in turn help others through service and community. Aside from discipleship, JD would like to become a life coach and possibly get involved with Anti-Human Trafficking organizations to educate people on the reality of H.T. as well as going into the field to rescue victims.

Wendy Dyslin-Assistant Kennel Manager

Katie Hemp-Shift Lead

Katie Varecka-Shift Lead


Kellie Thao-Kennel Assistant

Kellie loves animals and enjoys being around them. She is currently a student at NHCC. She plans to center her career on traveling and hopes to volunteer and work closely with animals in the future. She likes to hang out with friends and cuddle her Pomeranian mix Halo who is the "love of her life".

Alexandra Butcher-Kennel Assistant

Allie Butcher is an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota, majoring in fisheries,wildlife and conservation biology . Upon graduation, she will be certified as a wildlife biologist and hopes to pursue a career in wildlife conservation. At home, she is a puppy parent to a two year old puggle, “Wrigley,” and daughter, Amelia.