Who We Are

We  just love animals. Period. We are an all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to providing love, medical care and adoption/foster care support to injured, abused and abandoned dogs in Trenton, NJ. 

This Board Rocks

Anne Ullestad


"I'm a lighting designer and long time volunteer at the Trenton Animal  Shelter, with a love of Muay Thai, travel, and DIY home renovation.  As a fierce supporter of underdogs everywhere, I'm excited to be part of the TAR team and to have the opportunity to  advocate for animals in crisis."  

Danielle Gletow


"I'm the crazy lady who pulls her car over to pet a strange dog. Seriously - there is nothing I love more than my family, my dogs, advocating for those who can't speak for themselves and very hoppy beer."

Eric Thompson


"I’ve  worked at PMRS, Inc. since 2002 full time.  My brothers and I own and  run the property.  I designed and ran the warehouse, designed our  electronic batch record system, and fix all the equipment at our  facility. We  have an additional company, Thompson Racing, LLC which is for our race  car.  We have raced competitively since 2004, winning a national  championship in 2006."

Julia Vitella


"When I’m not hugging and kissing dogs I’m teaching yoga and  meditation. I joined TAR because the dogs of Trenton need help and TAR  is on the front line to help save them all." 

Kiley Coates


"I'm an undergraduate at Princeton University pursuing a degree in Geosciences. Growing up, my family never had less than two dogs in the house, fostering my incredible love for them. After adopting two dogs from Trenton, I've become invested in seeing the shelter supported through TAR and, like all the other TAR board members, I want to save all dogs!"

Nikki Quinn


"I love dogs. Big and small. My family has rescued many over the years and we look forward to doing lots more with Trenton Animals Rock!"

Jen Grobels


"I have a crazy schedule but always find time for things I am passionate about. And dogs have been at the center of my life forever. I grew up with a family owned  pet-sitting business, which my mother still runs. I joined TAR to be able to improve the lives of as many animals as possible."

Bizzy 's first visit to the vet

A Note from our Founder

Bizzy's story broke my heart so I vowed to save him.

It was a pretty typical Friday morning in the Spring of 2018. I was drinking coffee and scrolling through Facebook when I came across the photo of the saddest looking pup I'd ever seen. Bizzy was a pit bull mix that had recently been abandoned at Trenton Animal Shelter after being hit by a car and badly injuring his leg. Before I learned anything more I was on the phone trying to figure out how to get him out of there and get him treatment. What I learned along the way (& what I am still learning) about the world of pet rescues and animal shelters inspired me to create this Foundation with my dear friends (and fellow animal-obsessed humans) Judy, Nadia and Matt.

Bizzy's story has a happy ending. We raised nearly $5,000 to get him the surgery he needed to fix his leg, found him a foster home and he's been adopted!

But there are thousands of other dogs and cats, every single day, that need our help in the city of Trenton. 

They have one shelter and it is super small and very old. The guys who run it (Joe & Jose) have quickly become two of my favorite people because they LOVE these animals and work so hard for them with so little resources.

All of the funds we raise are going to go to supporting their efforts. Medical care, both emergency and planned, rehab for tough cases and - someday soon - a new, state of the art shelter for our furry friends.

So ask questions! We're here to be a super transparent nonprofit. No staff, just volunteers who LOVE animals and want all of them to get a shot at a happy, healthy life.