Ohio Pet Charities Inc, a 501 (c)(3) organization is committed to improving the welfare of animals in Central Ohio, by focusing on reducing the number unwanted litters of cats and dogs, by providing low cost spay & neuter clinics, preventative care clinics and by educating owners about the impact of animal overpopulation on our community.
A native San Diegan, Samantha has loved animals since she was a child. A girl scout trip to the local Humane Society left her in tears and wanting to adopt the oldest, blindest dog in the shelter. Decades later Samantha finally has her own old, blinding dog. She met her second dog, a senior long haired chihuahua, at the 2014 Dublin Pet Fair. It was love at first sight and forever solidified Samantha’s love of and support for the Dublin Pet Fair. Samantha and her husband have also enjoyed fostering dogs and cats, and have 4 foster fail cats to show for it.
In addition to her love of and experience with animals, Samantha also brings to the board a BA in Communications with a minor in Literature from the University of California, San Diego, very helpful for the role as board Secretary.
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Elizabeth was born in Columbus, Ohio and acquired her love of animals growing up in a big, boisterous Irish family where everyone had dogs, cats, fish and rabbits…that’s plural because who can have only one??
Her great grandfather was a Columbus Firefighter and was stationed at the Columbus Zoo as part of his duties. Before the current manatee exhibit was at the zoo, there was Monkey Island and he did the plumbing for that exhibit.
Growing up, Elizabeth’s family had cats, fish and rabbits. When she met her future husband (a dog lover) they added their first fur babies, Tas and Navarre the Schipperkes to their family. Since then the McClain Clan grew in children (three boys) and many dogs. The current pack contains four rescues; Casey the only male and a Lab/Collie mix and the girls; Ginger the Pitt/Beagle, Rosie the Pitt/Riler (that’s a Pittbull and Rottweiler combo) and Freya the Norwegian Elkhound. An elderly member, Bella the Chia/Rat Terrier has since moved to the quiet of Grammy Suzie’s home.
After adopting the pack members from Canine Collective and Rescued Ohio, Elizabeth wanted to do more to help rescue organizations and with her IT and project management background, she was offered the opportunity to join the board and help with the website.
Shannon has been an animal lover her whole life. She was allergic to cats and wanting pets, she had to have dogs. She grew up with a Dobie/Shepherd mix named Bullet. Shannon provided the training and guidance he required, and Bullet gave her the unconditional love and protection that she wanted. Our friends, (dogs are much more than pets), eventually leave us and cross the “Rainbow Bridge”. Bullet’s crossing was very traumatic for Shannon, and it took a long time to overcome the loss of her best friend.
Several years later, her parents gave her an 8 week old tan Cocker Spaniel puppy that she named Beardog. He was the new love of her life. They slept together, took long walks, played with toys, and much more. She shared this great adventure with her soon to be husband, Jason. Together they raised Beardog and had many great adventures. Shannon & Jason had Bear for a wonderful 14 years until that day when Bear crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
She wasn’t sure how she would be able to care for another dog until they found a beautiful little girl who desperately needed a full time home. Kelsey was at the Columbus Cocker Rescue, and had a rough beginning abandoned in the streets. Shannon was hesitant but they adopted Kelsey and knew they were doing the right thing by helping this challenged little girl. It was barely a year later when they found another diamond in the rough on the Columbus Cocker Rescue site named Kerby. His picture on the site showed a 9 month old puppy sitting in his crate scared out of his mind, and they knew they had to adopt him too.
In February of 2016, a volunteer opportunity appeared that Shannon could not pass up; the Treasurer position for the charities and as Shannon already had experience as the Treasurer for another volunteer organization, she applied. Shannon brings prior board experience and 25+ years in Accounting. She has a Bachelor degree in Accounting and an Associate’s degree in Business from Franklin University.
Shannon has a lot of spunk and shares her feelings and ideas well with others. She also loves helping all animals, but especially dogs and the Ohio Pet Charities is a great fit for her and the charity to make the most of what’s available, and to help those around them that need it the most.
Stephanie Van Brimmer
Stephanie has always loved animals. When she was just a little girl she would carry her cat around with her wherever she went. Growing up her family many pets, including raccoons, skunks, groundhogs, cats, dogs, fish, and turtles. Stephanie’s first dog as an adult was a Golden Retriever named Reilly. He forever changed her heart. Stephanie now has four rescue dogs named Jager, Hunter, Chance, and Charlie. Stephanie loves spending her spare times volunteering for many different animal welfare groups. She is an advocate for being the voice for the voiceless.
In addition to her love of animals, Stephanie also brings to the board a BA in Accounting and Forensic Accounting from Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio.