Our Team

Sgt. Gidget Petry


Meet the new President of Shelter Our Pets, Gidget Petry! Gidget is a Sergeant with the Bergen County Sheriff's Department, Bureau of Police Services in Patrol Operations. Gidget also works with the Bergen Country Office of Emergency … Read More

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Jeanne Evanchuk

Vice President

Jeanne Evanchuk is no stranger around animals and is a huge animal lover.  Jeanne is a Team Leader of the Bergen County Animal Response Team and a longtime animal activist.  She spends most of her time volunteering with animals whether it … Read More

Pete Pezzillo


Pete Pezzillo comes to Shelter Our Pets with over 25 years of financial experience in the real estate industry managing client properties and investments. He is a member and considered the "Dog Whisperer" of the Bergen County Animal … Read More

Shanna Powers

Secretary/Case Manager

Shanna Powers is the Shelter Our Pets Case Manager.  She speaks with many Domestic Violence victims on a daily basis who are looking for a temporary safe haven for their babies with tails.  Shanna is a mother of five sons who keep her on … Read More

Marian Shore

Foster Director

Biography coming soon. … Read More

Patty Mauro

Events Coordinator

Patty Mauro is a Team Leader of the Bergen County Animal Response Team and a HUGE animal lover for her entire life.  She never thought her enduring love for animals would lead her down the path to help animals in Domestic Violence, but so … Read More

Elizabeth Pezzillo

Advisor to the Board

Elizabeth Pezzillo is a Team Leader of the Bergen County Animal Response Team who has loved animals since the day she was born.  She had 20 years of financial experience with a Child Care Agency who took care of children who were abused … Read More

Robyn Monaco

Honorary Board Member, Fundraising

Robyn Monaco has been a dog trainer, animal behaviorist and animal rescuer for over 15 years. Twelve of those years spent with her remarkable feral rescue, Chula. Robyn and Chula have trained service dogs to transport objects, bark alert, … Read More

Laura S. Mann Esq.

Co-Founder, Advisor

Ms. Mann received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 1993 and her Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law in 1996. Ms. Mann's many years of experience in and out … Read More

Linda Strauss Esq.

Linda S. Strauss, Esq., Attorney, Pro Bono

Linda Strauss received her Juris Doctorate from New York Law School and Bachelors of Arts from Yeshiva University. Ms. Strauss is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Upon graduating law school, Ms. Strauss … Read More

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Niki Dawson


Niki Dawson has worked in animal welfare in varying capacities for almost 25 years. She is a NJ Certified Animal Control Officer and NJ Certified Animal Cruelty Investigator and has served as Executive Director for the Liberty Humane … Read More