Our Team

Kira Wright


I believe animals are more than just pets. They are our trustworthy companions, our loyal friends, and our family. To have an animal in our lives is to make our lives better and richer. My love and passion for animals is what helps me … Read More

Janice Varandas

Vice President

Hi! I grew up in a show dog family and trained to be a junior handler Since I was 5, I’ve worked with dogs, and at 9 started working with horses. I have rescued two abused dogs and through time, love, and patience trained and … Read More

Cathy Koenig


I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share my talents with the Shelter Our Pets organization and their clients! As someone who has loved animals all my life, I empathize with those individuals reluctant to leave difficult situations … Read More

Jacqueline Fass-Canete

Foster Director

Biography coming soon. … Read More

Sgt. Gidget Petry

Past President/Advisor

Gidget Petry is a Detective Sergeant with the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department assigned to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office in Intelligence and Counterterrorism. Gidget also works with the Bergen County Office of Emergency … Read More

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Patty Mauro


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