Meet the                  Crew


to save a life


Since we are a network of foster homes, all of our dogs enjoy the love and personal attention which cannot be duplicated in a kennel setting. The dogs live as members of our volunteers' families, enjoying human and usually dog or cat contact and socialization every day. When a potential adopter chooses his new best friend, the foster home can give him insights about the dog that will help him make the right choice. If this truly is the dog for him, the information will help start them off on the right foot (paw?) in their new lives together. Cold Nose adopters enjoy support through every step of the process - from choosing a dog to post adoption check-ins to make sure everyone is happy!

Cold Nose Warm Heart Dog Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned dogs from high-kill shelters.   Through our network of committed volunteers and foster homes we are able to rescue dogs, provide them with loving temporary care, and find them well matched, thoroughly screened forever homes.  We also provide our adopters and the community with information on responsible pet ownership, including spay-neuter, training and good nutrition.



Our Mission

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Cold Nose

The Foster Home


a dog in need

a best friend


Rescue.  Rehome.  Repeat.

Co-founders Vicki Francis and Alissa McLaughlin have a combined 25 years of experience in rescue.  Vicki and Alissa hold full time jobs in the corporate world and bring the same integrity and professionalism to Cold Nose Warm Heart.  Mary Weilbacher joined the rescue as a Director in 2015. Her career as a teacher and her many years of foster experience round out the group.  The dogs' health and welfare is their top priority.  They take pride in matching each dog with the right forever home. Along with a group of top notch volunteer team members, the Cold Nose Crew will make your adoption experience smooth and enjoyable.