Hi, I’m Dawn, I started volunteering with Joseph’s Legacy in February 2018. I had been looking for a few months for somewhere to volunteer at and they either didn’t have the times that fit my schedule or they were a kill shelter and I couldn’t bring myself to work under those circumstances.  I came across this wonderful group of people when I was following the story of Valhalla, I went to make a donation and started looking at their main page and realized I finally found a group of people that have the same values as I do when it come to the helping the animals and I put in my application to volunteer that day! This organization not only helps all animals but they strive to help the ones that need it the most.  The ones that are neglected, abandoned, abused regardless of the cost of any medical issues that the animal may have because of the mistreatment.  They don’t turn their back on the ones that need us the most, they embrace them and give them the chance that they deserve!  Because of my current living situation which involve 3 cats and my rehomed dog Chance who is anti-social when it comes to his own kind I am not currently able to foster, but that’s okay they still need me and I will be helping in other ways.  I help with the fundraisers and at adoption events.  We even go to the court house when one of our animals have suffered so severely that there is a court case against the abuser. They truly help the ones without a voice! So when we say “Be their voice” they are not just randomly spoken words, it is the level of commitment that every single volunteer within this organization has to the animals.  I have never been so proud and honored to work with such a wonderful group of people.  So if you have ever thought even for a moment that you want to volunteer do it, it brings so much fulfillment to your life and there are so many ways you can help. We need good people like you, and so do the fur-babies!! 

Hello, my name is Katherine, I am a dog foster and legal advocate for Joseph’s Legacy. I started with JL in March of 2018. I had wanted to do rescue for a few months before I actually joined Joseph’s Legacy but wanted to be sure I found the right fit. I stalked JL for a few months on FB and news stories about Joseph as well as asking around to people I knew but I just never slowed down enough to fill out the application until Valhalla! I saw her beautiful face on the news and that was it! I wanted to be a part of THIS particular rescue team! I learned so much in my first year about rescues, shelters, wardens, the courts and animal abuse laws. Who am I kidding, I am still learning! I have had the pleasure of fostering numerous dogs and getting schooled on kitties along the way – I didn’t even know what KMR was honestly. But my real passion has become to protect them all! I had the pleasure of being one of Evie’s fosters before we lost her in Warren Correctional. Her loss resonated so deep for us all that I can not even begin explain, but for me personally she additionally opened Pandora’s Box. I had a hard time understanding how this could have happened to such a sweetheart. I was beyond infuriated so I diverted my attention on Ohio animal laws. I work in the legal field and I am familiar with laws, regulations, processes and legislation already. So when I dug, I could not believe the lack of protections animals have here in Ohio. Therefore; on my own I lead or assist others in projects like repealing pit bull and feeding bans; pushing for policies in the prison dog program; assist other counties to push dog warden contracts; protesting against animal cruelty and contacting legislators to support house bills. But my job as a legal advocate for JL is simply acting as a liaison between our rescue and the courts in cruelty cases regarding our animals. They need our voice! So long as I have a breath – I will always lend mine!

My name is Melynda. I have always been a huge animal lover. All of my personal animals are rescue animals. So it only seemed natural that I would be a foster. I watched Joseph's story unfold and knew one of the volunteers involved. When I was delivered a litter of 4 kittens by their momma who I had been feeding, I knew I couldn't do it alone. So I reached out for help and Joseph's Legacy was the only place willing to open their hearts. Other shelters were going to euthanize them. So I became their foster and they are thriving and awaiting adoption. Since then I have welcomed MANY more babies into my home, one of which was only 1-2 days old. She is now 5 weeks and spoiled rotten as you can see in our picture. This experience has been both heartwarming and heartbreaking but I wouldn't trade the time with the "needy" babies for anything.

My name is Krista and I am the Vice President. I assist with emergency calls, animal intake, help moving animals that need new fosters and helping volunteers who may need extra assistance.  I have been rescuing animals for over 10 years now.  I joined Josephs Legacy in December of 2014 when I was looking for a rescue I actually fit in to. All the other volunteers have become my best friends and I am truly blessed to work along side such a wonderful rescue. I rescue animals because I cannot stand to see and creature hurt, homeless or ill. This rescue has allowed me to be apart of something amazing, since joining I have fostered probably about 200 animals (and counting!). I prefer to foster hurt or injured cats. I have fostered many kittens, puppies and dogs too. These animals bring such joy to my life. I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else, I love volunteering for Josephs Legacy.  

I have experienced a lot of heart ache with losing my fosters but honestly I am thankful they knew love and had a safe home before their final day. I do not and never will regret all the lives I have saved, It is a truly rewarding feeling. I encourage every animal lover to foster an animal from a reputable rescue, no matter the situation, you're helping save a life. 

Take the good in from the bad, not everyone in the world is kind. Not everyone will have the heart you have. Not everyone will appreciate you and what you do for them. Sometimes it won't be easy having a kind heart in a cruel world. Be prepared. 


My name is Amy. My husband, Ryan, and I are huge dog lovers. We actually lived across the street from Meg even before she started the rescue. We had many stray animals that we dealt with together before Joseph's Legacy. We knew Meg started the rescue and we kept up with all of the animals she was taking in. One day she told me she was getting 2 Pomeranian/Beagle mixes that were supposed to be 8 weeks old. On first sight you realized that was not the case since they together were small enough to fit in the palms of your hands. Immediately I was in love and my husband had no choice!! At only 3-4 weeks old, I had to feed them milk and try to get them to eat. The first couple of weeks was a challenge. But we fell in love and Cooper became our first foster fail. His brother, Chase was successfully adopted out. Since then we have fostered 4 other dogs and I'm sure there will be many more!! If we had a bigger house we would probably keep them all! We love helping out and finding them good homes. We couldn't imagine a better rescue to work with!

My name is Michele Bell, I foster and rescue for Joseph's Legacy. I love doing this work. I have a very soft spot for bullies breeds. I feel that they're totally misunderstood and abused more so than any other breed. This breed gets used a lot to make people money. I truly love animals. I have four babies of my own. I'm extremely happy to be a part of this rescue and very proud to let people know I am a part of this organization, who helps our community and reaches out to others. There's never an animal that is left alone with us. I would like to have all the dogs LOL. Please adopt, don't shop, we are their voice!

My name is Sherry. This is just a few of the members of our foster family. Emma (9 yrs old) wanted to foster a homeless cat. Two days later we had Jewel and her 5 4 week old kittens. They are so precious. They were so shy. But, over the next few weeks Emma loved and held them as much as possible and now all they want to do is want to cuddle and purr. She has learned so much and has even had several of them adopted. She wasn't sad because she new it was her love and attention that made them the best pet ever. She is determined to find them all a fur-ever home. We also have Cash, who is awaiting surgery. He has had a rough life but he is so sweet and just wants to be loved. Joseph's Legacy Animal Rescue takes in abused, homeless and unwanted animals, gives them a loving home until they find their fur-ever home. Some might think they are the lucky ones. But, it is we who are truly blessed by sharing our home and life with these animals. It is so easy. Emma turned her bedroom into a kitten room. When we are having a bad day, we go upstairs, sit on the bed and let 7 kittens run all around you purring and playing. You walk out of that room with a whole different attitude and smile. We are so excited to be a part of such a fabulous group of people.

Why do I volunteer with Joseph's Legacy Rescue you ask, where do I begin would be my reply. To be able to save a poor, tortured soul who has been cast aside for going potty in the house (almost always the fault of the owner). To rescue an animal that has been thrown to the streets, for defending their welfare by the only means they have available (biting). Why did they have to defend their self to begin with? To sit in the grass or on the concrete, sometimes for hours, to gain the trust of an animal that has been abused and then driven (dumped) miles from home. To pick up an animal that has been injured and spend the night with them at the emergency vet.

Why do I volunteer with Joseph's Legacy Rescue, because they have the same beliefs that I do when it comes to the four legged, furry babies that have no voice. Their mission statement says it all; "Joseph's Legacy strives to regain hope and respect for all animals. We educate the public about animal welfare and inform them of the extreme lack of awareness. Joseph's Legacy rescues animals, including those in need of costly medical care, who would otherwise be turned away."

My name is Cinda, I am on the medical team and I am (one of) the emergency contact personnel for the rescue. There are many nights that I don't get home until (well) past midnight, by the time I take care of and spend time with my fosters (and my animals), I am having supper (sometimes the first meal of the day) at one in the morning. I have spent countless hours, at the emergency vet with an animal that has been injured. I have spent many nights at a foster's home, giving (sub q) fluids or given medication to sick animals. I have been called out, at all hours of the night, to rescue an animal from the streets. I make sure all of our (JLR) animals are current on their vaccines, are de-wormed and microchip them.

I wear many hats with the rescue. I have been asked, 'how can you not keep them all?' Easy answer, for any one that I keep (adopt), that is one less spot for the next one that needs help. One look at my FB page ("Foster Babies" album) and you will know that I am meant to be doing exactly what I am doing with my life. The soulful eyes of the animals that I have rescued, fostered and helped place in (loving) furever homes, speaks volumes. Some of the "before" pictures will hurt your heart (they did mine) but the "after" pictures will heal your heart. Being able to love them, nurse their wounds, teach them how to become loving companions (again) or to teach them to trust humans (again) is a 24/7 job that I wouldn't trade for all the riches in the world. I have fostered hundreds of animals and I can tell you that it is the most rewarding experience that you will ever feel.

I actually have no idea how I got started with Joseph's Legacy (CRS, lol). I can tell you that when I jumped in, I jumped in with both feet and haven't regretted a single minute. I have met, and work with, some truly fabulous people, that I now call friend(s), who share the same ambition and desire to help (save) animals. I can also add that I have met some true weirdos along the way as well, no names mentioned.

I'm Chelsea!  I've been involved in animal rescue for 7 years now. It's the most heart breaking and rewarding thing one could ever do. Animals are amazing creatures with beautiful souls and every last one deserves a great life.

My name is Lisa. I am on the Board in the role as Secretary and also on the Emergency Response Team. I joined Joseph's Legacy almost 5 years ago after seeing the story of our precious Joseph and the horrendous suffering he had endured. I then met Meg Melampy and joined the rescue. I have always loved animals and over the years rescued many on my own. Joseph's Legacy Rescue gives the voiceless a voice and a 2nd chance at life. Who wouldn't want to be a part of that. I have fostered 8 dogs with JL and their transformations have been truly amazing. My last foster Lola who is a special needs American Bulldog was a foster fail with me. This is a dedicated and special group of rescuers and I am proud to be part of this wonderful group.

My name is Lincoln (Loki) Nelson, I've been working independently and partnering with local rescues to help creatures who can not help themselves since I was a toddler. In my years with rescue I have worked closely with vets, spay/neuter programs, shelters, and emergency medical clinics. I am a certified pet nutritionist and here at Joseph's Legacy I help foster animals get the nutrition, medical, and supplies they need in order to get ready for their new homes. I have experience with domestic, exotic, and wildlife rehabilitation. Fostering, rescuing, and volunteering is such a wonderful and beautiful experience, it is rewarding for both the animals and yourself as a person, as well as the community you are a part of. I urge anyone to get involved, even if they haven't done so before, as the rewards are completely priceless.

Hi I'm Sandy, I joined Joseph's Legacy in Februrary 2018. I've been rescuing and helping animals since I was a little girl. Birds, fish, rabbits, cats, dogs, etc. I stopped eating meat over 20 years ago because of all the horrible stories I read about the treatment of animals. I was constantly hearing stories on the news or reading articles about animal abuse and decided that it was time for me to do more than just donate. I have had birds, dogs, a tortoise, hamsters and fish. To me, a house isn't a home without pets. I can't foster yet because my dog Lulu doesn't play well with others but I do anything and everything I can for the group. I help with adoption events, fundraisers, etc. When the time is right, I will once again have a house full of dogs!! Joining Joseph's Legacy is one of the best things I have ever done. I'm part of an amazing group of people who share the same compassion and commitment to helping animals. 

​My name is Paige and I am a foster coordinator for Joseph’s Legacy. I help to get new fosters all set up and work with them when they have animals in their care. I have been with JL since June of 2015, when my friend Krista posted about a dog who needed a foster. That pup was my first 'foster fail' and became a permanent part of my family! Since then I have foster failed again on a beautiful girl who we lost to Kidney failure and pyometra in June 2017. That is one reason I am a very strong advocate for spay/neuter of pets! Even though some of these pets are only with us for a very short time I love that we are able to show them the love they deserve! I currently have 4 dogs who are spoiled to death and I am proud to be apart of a such a great group that does so much for the community. We rescue the worst of the worst and that comes with some heartache, but the good always outweighs the bad!

This page is growing! We have almost 200 volunteers!

My name is Bobbi.  I am a huge dog lover and am lucky enough to have a husband that loves them too. We already have two dogs but decided it was time to adopt a cat, since we knew a volunteer for JL, Cinda, she introduced us to our wonderful cat. A few months later I receive a call from Cinda asking if we would consider fostering a puppy, I think she knew I couldn't resist a puppy. Cinda explained that these puppies weren't wanted by their owners and needed to place them in a foster home. We took in this sweet girl and almost failed as a foster but it wasn't the right time. Although we were sad to let her go she went to a wonderful home and we were able to continue fostering. I have four amazing kids that help train and love the dogs we get, it can be sad to say goodbye but it is also exciting to get a new foster to love. Many people don't understand that these animals are Joseph's Legacy animals until adoption and anything that an animal needs the rescue provides food, medicine, vetting, collars, leashes, and even pee pads, the only thing my family provides is a loving home and basic training.

Let’s put an end to homeless animals!

Our President, Meg: ​I used to have a hard time going to sleep at night. If I woke up in the middle of the night it was difficult for me to go back to sleep as I worried almost constantly about dogs and cats who were homeless, hungry, abused, tortured and neglected. Then there's the factory farms who raise their animals in horrific conditions. And animal testing on all kinds of animals. Who could sleep? My childhood friend and I called the dog warden when we were only about 8 years old when we found a bird with a dart in it and that was when it started. I just couldn't believe a person could do such a thing. People joke that animals in need find me. And it does seem that way oftentimes.
I rescued as many as I was able to on my own for years and started volunteering at PAWS when I was 14 years old. As an adult I started taking in cats and altering as many as I could which led me to TNR but on a small scale. I went back to Paws about 10 years ago when I realized adopting out on your own was impossible. I fell in love with working with animal rescue with a huge family of animal lovers.

I was asked to help on a few dogs through the police department where my sister works which led me to Sheoki calling when they found poor Joseph. Christine was on that call and neither police officer could fathom just leaving him there. So luckily I was able to get him to safety and he stayed at the vet for an entire month. We started the Facebook page 'Justice for Joseph '. I was livid. I started calling all of the news stations and they responded. Joseph went viral as he deserved.

But there are so many more just like Joseph, or worse. They aren't rescued. We kept getting calls and with God's help we became a family of animal lovers who will always go over and beyond to help an animal. Or each other. We have gotten much larger but we never lose our focus. We stand together against animal abuse and with peace , not drama. And I sleep much better at night knowing that I make a difference every single day. And I'm exhausted!!! :)