Mary J.

Mary J with a dog

Bio coming soon!



Ruth-E with a heckin' pupper

Ruth-E joined the pack in April 2017. As Manager of Wags, she is surrounded by dogs from the moment she wakes up and wouldn’t change that for the world! Ruth says “My dogs are my life. YOUR dogs are my life. Each dog here is so special and unique and I am eternally grateful I get to spend every day with them.”

In addition to having three dogs of her own, Cole, Pippa, and Judge, Ruth is an active volunteer with K9 Orphans. Many of her foster pups are guests at Wags during their time with her. In the past she has also volunteered at Lollypop farm as a dog walker.

Ruth is a recent graduate of The University at Buffalo and will be pursuing an MBA. In the meantime, she is working on becoming a certified dog trainer. Ruth is certified in Pet First Aid and CPR.

Alyssa K.

Alyssa with one dog

Alyssa joined the pack in January 2019. She attends SUNY Brockport pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Journalism and Broadcasting with a minor in Communications. Although her studies and Wags keep her busy, she enjoys her work on a local horse farm. Alyssa has a big love for animals and has been involved in animal rescue work since she was four years old! She has two horses, a Chihuahua, Rayna Jane, and a Golden Retriever, Chloe who often tags along to Wags! Alyssa finds working with all the Wags dogs very rewarding.


Alyssa T.

Alyssa T with a good doge

Bio coming soon!


Amanda with one dog

Amanda L. joined the pack in July of 2019. She has always been a lover of all animals. A day of cuddling and caring for dogs at work is her dream come true. Her favorite breed is a Pit Bull, which is why she has two. Marchy is a Rhodesian Ridgeback-Pit Bull mix, and Jango is her son who is mixed with Rottweiler. She also has a pet cat, his name is Bean. In her spare time you can find her oil painting, cooking, or watching The Office.



Ashley with two dogs

Ashley joined the pack in May 2018. Currently, Ashley is attending Medaille College studying to be a Veterinary Technician. She recently completed her Associates degree and has taken her Veterinary Technician board certification exam. Through her studies she has completed two internships at local Vet Clinics and is building an enrichment toy for the lucky lemurs at the Buffalo Zoo!

Ashley also volunteers her time and talents with many spay/neuter and rabies clinics in the area. She has two dogs, Molly and Joy. Ashley is Pet CPR and First Aid certified.



Bri with two dogs

Bri joined the pack in September, 2019. She has three dogs of her own, each with their own set of challenges to overcome. The knowledge and creativity she has obtained from working with her dogs has provided her with excellent tools to help other dogs with similar challenges. She is very proud of each of her dogs for overcoming their challenges to become the happiest, silliest members of her family! Bri also enjoys spending time with her horse, who she trained herself and has had for over 12 years.

Bri is also an active volunteer and dog walker for Rochester Animal Services at Verona Street Animal Society which has helped her expand her skillset to quickly assess and react to a slew of behaviors and personalities. Having these skills helps maintain a fun and safe environment for all!

Aside from loving on all the dogs at Wags and Verona Street, Bri is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson with Keller Williams Realty for Monroe and surrounding counties. She recently launched her brand-new business, Realtor For Rescues, where she dedicates each and every sale to a pet in need by sponsoring their adoption or paying off medical bills. Though she sacrifices a large portion of her income, she is very passionate about helping rescue organizations and loves to connect her clients with people and pets in the rescue world.


Mary R.

Mary R with TWO ANIMALS that woof

Mary R. joined the pack in April 2018. She says “I always love coming to work at Wags, and getting to know all of the dogs that come here! It honestly feels like a second family, and I love being surrounded by so many amazing dogs AND humans! Keep on waggin’!”

Mary has a major passion for photography, dog photography in particular, and it shows. She is the woman behind the fabulous Wags photos! She volunteers her talents to rescue organizations, like K9 Orphans and Verona Street, photographing their adoptable dogs. Mary hopes to continue pursuing dog photography for the rest of her life. Look her up on Facebook: Mary Rogers Photography.

A recent graduate of SUNY Brockport, Mary also is a freelance writer/researcher for True Crime Youtuber. She hopes to continue her education and pursue her Masters in the near future. She has owned dogs her entire life, and currently has Piper, a Golden Retriever and best friend!



Vanessa with a heckin doggo

Vanessa joined the pack in January 2017. She works part-time caring for our overnight guests during the week and weekends. Vanessa’s true passion is working with animals, especially dogs, so she was very excited to get this job!

Vanessa has been a Treatment Coordinator for adults with developmental disabilities at CDS Monarch for the past ten years. In addition to her full-time job and time at Wags, she provides foster care for the K9 Orphans pups. Both humans and animals benefit from her caring heart!

Vanessa has three dogs of her own Scrappy, Freddy, and Bella. When she is not working she loves being home with her dogs! Vanessa is Pet CPR and First Aid certified.