About FaerieLand Rescue Inc.

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FaerieLand Rescue Inc. is a foster-based rescue located in Minnesota. We welcome purebreds and mixes of German Shepherds and Welsh Corgis, including owner-surrendered, abused, neglected and stray dogs, as well as those from animal control. We educate the public on spaying and neutering of dogs and the importance of vaccinations, training and socialization. All dogs at the rescue are evaluated with the goal of rehabilitation and placement in a FUREVER home. Over 400 dogs have been saved since commencing operations.

FaerieLand Rescue Inc’s History

Kathy DuVall started FaerieLand Rescue in 2009. After spending 9 years working with another rescue fostering Welsh Corgis, Kathy saw a need for a rescue in MN. When a friend asked her to take in two German Shepherds and find them a home because he could not care for them, the rescue began.

Kathy’s previous background was raising purebred German Shepherd Dogs beginning in 1978. Kathy’s goal when she began raising the German Shepherd Dog was to start a line that was healthy, intelligent, balanced in structure and the best temperament anyone could want. In the late 1990’s, Kathy added the Pembroke Welsh Corgi to her house. She appreciated how similar this breed was to the German Shepherd Dog.

n 2016, an incorporated entity was established, FaerieLand Rescue Inc., and 501(c)(3) nonprofit status was obtained. With the passion and the love of the two breeds, FaerieLand Rescue Inc. has become a well-known name today.

"Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever." ~Karen Davison



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We at Dog Breeds Info are pleased to present FaerieLand Rescue Inc. with a Dog Rescue Award for excellence in providing underprivileged dogs a much valued resource. We take pride in acknowledging the best organizations around the country with our special award emblem, recognizing them for their outstanding work. FaerieLand Rescue Inc. certainly qualifies as one of them.

What We Offer

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We are pleased to present the dogs we have rescued and those that are ready to be adopted and loved. Click on the Bio button above to see all our potential adopties. We would be delighted to hear from you and hope you will fall in love with one of our "kids". Enjoy your visit with us.
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We are currently looking for foster homes for Welsh Corgis and German Shepherds. Please consider becoming a foster home. It is one of the most rewarding things you can do.
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We have many opportunities to help. Fostering dogs in your home, helping with vet care and food, attending fund raisers, donations of all kinds including cash. Visit every page of our website and check out all the links we are sure we can find something to fit everyones abilities.

Executive Director

Kathy DuVall

Kathy DuVall

Founder and Executive Director

Shortly after purchasing her first dog in the 1980’s, named Kubistraum’s Bali Hai, Kathy joined the German Shepherd Dog Club of Minneapolis/St Paul. Over the years, Kathy held various offices within the Dog Club. After starting her own line of German Shepherd Dogs known as Mari Kennel, Kathy also joined the German Shepherd Dog Club of America.

With a passion for raising German Shepherd Dogs, she became a professional dog handler. Kathy taught conformation and obedience classes, and competed in venues for AKC, UKC, IABCA & CKC. She also competed in conformation, herding, obedience and rally. Kathy has been active with therapy dogs since the early 2000s and she continues to volunteer as a therapy dog team today.

Kathy started out in rescue by fostering for another organization in the year 2000. She put in 9 years as a foster home for them before seeing a need in Minnesota for a rescue of not only Corgis but German Shepherds as well. Starting from scratch and doing all jobs initially by herself, FaerieLand Rescue Inc. has grown to a well-respected name in the rescue world. Seeing FaerieLand Rescue Inc. become a non-profit organization was Kathy’s dream come true.

Kathy also has a background in Customer Service, Management, Data Entry, Computer Operations, as well as Telemarketing Sales.


Board Members

Dan Fisk
Treasurer

Dan Fisk

I initially heard about FaerieLand Rescue when I was looking to adopt a German Shepherd in 2014. After spending many weeks contacting numerous different rescue organizations, I was very happy to find FaerieLand Rescue and discover the individual care and attention afforded to every dog as well as the adoption process. It was clear from the start that FaerieLand Rescue put much effort into ensuring that myself, my family and our home environment were suitable not just for any dog, but for THE DOG which we were interested in adopting.

Since adopting our wonderful white German Shepherd, Jasper, I have regularly volunteered at FaerieLand Rescue and in late 2015, in conjunction with the founder of the organization, we started the process of incorporating the rescue and obtaining IRS 501(c)3 public charity status.

In February 2016 I adopted a second FaerieLand Rescue dog, Sasha, a German Shepherd / English Collie mix.

I am a British citizen originally from London and have been living in Minnesota since 1999. I have spent my entire career in banking, trading and financial markets, originally working in London for both a British and then an American bank. The last nine years of my of my UK career were spent with a proprietary financial trading business. In 1999 I relocated to Minnesota to be part of a new team established to trade the then recently deregulated US power market. In 2002 I transferred to the alternative asset management business where I was employed as Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Finance & Liquidity for an international company headquartered here in Minnesota. In early 2016, part of this business was spun out into an independent asset management company and I accepted the invitation to be part of that team serving as Head of Finance & Liquidity.

My previous charitable endeavours include 7 years (January 2009-December 2015) serving as Treasurer of We Can Ride Inc., a Minnesota based 501(c)3 therapeutic riding charity, and as a barn volunteer before that. Prior to this, I also served 3 years as Treasurer of a Florida Home Owners Association. I am a member of the German Shepherd Club of Minneapolis & St. Paul.

Lisa Polec
Vice Chair

Lisa Polec

I have been in love with corgis since my family adopted a Pembroke Welsh corgi named Corky when I was a child, and I have shared my life with corgis ever since. I first learned about FaerieLand Rescue in 2014 when I responded to a request for volunteers to help out at a rescue event. I continued to volunteer on an occasional basis until the spring of 2017, when I joined the FaerieLand board.

I am a lifelong resident of Minneapolis, and a proud graduate of Minneapolis Roosevelt High School and the University of Minnesota. I have spent my professional career working in the Minneapolis Public Library and Hennepin County Library systems. Since earning my Master of Library and Information Science degree at Rosary College in 1995 I have been employed as a cataloger librarian.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends, puttering in my garden, reading, and walking my rescue dog, a corgi-rat terrier mix named Benji.

Michael Blees
Board Secretary

Michael Blees

Hello, my name is Mike Blees and I have a Corgi named Mack who I got in 2016 when he was 4 years old. I adopted him from a loving family who were going through some changes and wanted Mack to get the attention he deserved. Words can not describe how much entertainment and joy he brings to my life.

I first heard of FaerieLand Rescue via a Facebook group called Corgi Minnesota when I was looking for a dog rescue to donate to. After making the donation to FaerieLand Rescue, my graphic design skills were recognized and I was asked to help out FaerieLand Rescue with some projects - the rest is history.

I am a graphic designer for a company in St. Paul that makes crystal awards. I went to the University of North Dakota where I majored in Graphic Design and got a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies. In my free time I run a small business called Team Corgi where I design and sell shirts and decals, with the main goals of giving back to rescues and spreading designs. If I'm not at my computer rocking Adobe Illustrator or running teamcorgibrand.com, then I am most likely at the gym with headphones on. I also enjoy watching hockey and football, fishing, and golfing.

Connie Geiger

Hello, my name is Connie Geiger and I have 2 giant/large breed dogs. Max, a 4 year old Great Dane and Lady, a 4 year old Dane/Lab mix – both of which I adopted 3 years ago. Max was from a local Dane Rescue and Lady from the local Humane Society.

I first heard about FaerieLand Rescue from a friend of mine who knew I loved German Shepherds and that they were my heart dog. I have been around the breed since I was 8 years old and have owned/adopted many myself. After losing my Reiba 4 years ago, I had to take a step back from the breed as I found it too painful. I have been following FairieLand for the past couple of years on FaceBook and feel that I am now ready and able to interact and help my heart dog again.

Currently, I am the Accounting Manager for the YWCA St Paul and have been involved in the nonprofit finance world for 25+ years. I attended Metro State University where I received my B.A. and majored in Accounting. I am originally from Northern Wisconsin and am looking to retire to my hometown sometime in the future. In my free time, I do rescue work, train at my gym – powerlifting, metabolics, and kickboxing, and spending time with my family. I also enjoy cooking, camping, and traveling.

Kris Kittiko
Board

Kris Kittiko

I learned about Faerieland Rescue Inc. from a friend who adopted two German Shepherds from the rescue over the past years.  I have always been a dog owner and enjoy all dog breeds.  I have had a Poodle, Labrador Retrievers and a Shih Tzu over the years.  I was drawn to Faerieland Rescue Inc. based on the remarkable efforts of the organization to care for and prepare dogs for a transition to new loving homes.  I am grateful to be part of a team that gives back so compassionately to these wonderful animals.

I am originally from Wisconsin, and moved to Minnesota to attend the College of St. Catherine, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a Spanish minor.  I began my career in financial markets with a proprietary trading business in 1994, and transitioned into alternative investment management in 2007.  I have held various accounting and operational roles within the financial markets industry, including Controller, Director of Operations and Administration Manager.  Currently I am the Controller at an asset management firm in Minneapolis.

Kassandra Symanietz

Board Members

Anne Carter
Board

Anne Carter