ARF Team


About The Animal Rescue Front

Until there are none, save one. Through transport, education, adoption, and spay/neuter initiatives ARF is committed to ending the senseless killing of healthy, adoptable animals in the state of Mississippi. ARF focuses primarily on the communities of Madison, Jackson, Grenada, McComb, and Hancock County, Mississippi and Folsom, Louisiana.

ARF Board of Directors


Chris McLaughlin

Chris McLaughlin’s life’s purpose became clear when the floods of Katrina receded. The toll the disaster took on the lives of the animals of the Gulf Coast ignited a passion and purpose that continues today. “ARF’s work will live on because of the lives we met, the lives we saved, and the lives we lost.” …Read More

Nick Wright

Nick Wright lives in New Hampshire, with his wife, Kristine, and their two children, Henry and Olivia as well as four dogs, Bam-Bam, Little Bear, Boo and recent addition, a blind pup named Rosie. Bam-Bam, a Great Pyrenees, is the canine equivalent of Eeyore, and will happily keep any bare feet warm in the winter. …Read More

Jan Mitchell

Jan Mitchell resides in Boulder, CO and has been fostering animals for her local humane societies and rescues since 1991. She met Chris in New Orleans while doing post-Katrina animal rescue work and she has worked with rural farmers in a small village in Ghana since 2001 teaching gentle handling of their working animals. Eventually, …Read More

Dr. Duni J. Schutzengel DVM.

Dr. Schutzengel began her veterinary career as a student in Italy and then continued her studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. from which she graduated in 1984. From 1984 until 1996 she worked in multiple small animal and emergency clinics throughout Virginia and Maryland as a “relief vet.” In that capacity she provided both …Read More

ARF Team Members


Sharon Stone Smith

Sharon is ARF’s Mississippi Regional Coordinator, and has been working with us for close to two years. In 2006 while employed with AT&T she was a member of the community services group “Telephone Pioneers” that were looking for a worthwhile community project when a friend suggested helping the local animal shelter, a dismal place that …Read More

Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson lives in Meridian, MS with his partner of six years, their two dogs, Huckleberry Hound and Chowder; and their 5 cats, Pistachio, Hamlet, Gizmo, Berry, and Jack; as well as a foster or two, usually. Although an animal lover since childhood, Ryan just became part of rescue work in February of 2015 when …Read More

Missa Damiens

Missa Damiens, ARF transport driver, lives in Meridian, MS with her partner Ryan and their seven lovable furbabies. She spends her free time fostering animals and volunteering at her local animal rescue. As a lifelong animal lover, she has found working with animals and finding them loving homes to be a dream come true.

Danielle Archambault

Danielle became familiar with ARF in 2015 when they were suggested to her by a family member. In June 2015, Danielle and her boyfriend Ryan adopted a golden retriever/German shepherd mix whom they named Lola, and she completely transformed Danielle’s life. By way of unconditional rescue dog love, Lola gave Danielle a purpose and pointed …Read More

Victoria Salituro

Victoria has been volunteering with The Animal Rescue Front since the summer of 2015, as our Adoption Day Coordinator. She was inspired to donate her time after the loss of the family dog, Pinky, and takes great comfort and joy in sending off rescue dogs to their forever loving homes and families. Victoria currently resides …Read More

Michelle Salituro

Michelle Salituro has been volunteering with Animal Rescue Front since October of 2015. She adopted Her dog Casey from ARF in January 2016. Michelle and Casey currently reside in Malden,MA. Michelle is an Event Marketing Specialist who also enjoys traveling, cooking, playing guitar and writing.

Albert M Wisialko

Albert M Wisialko, ARF’s Accountant, works at A. Wisialko and Co., a successful accounting firm in Massachusetts. He has one rescue dog, Cosby, whom he rescued from the woods of Cosby, TN. He is married with one son and promotes the Animal Rescue Front’s commitment to rescue animals in any way that he can.

Travis Johnston

Travis Johnston, of Shelburne Falls MA, lives with his wife Nicole in their new home with their recently adopted ARF dog Lola, and their cat Chaquita. Lola is their first dog as a couple of over 12 years now. Travis had been working as a Web Systems Architect at an educational collaborative in Northampton when …Read More

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