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Melissa Murphy Weber - State Representative, 148th Legislative District, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Melissa is an animal advocate who spent 6 years prior to her current elected position working as an Assistant District Attorney in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  She was Captain of both the Special Prosecutions Unit & Domestic Violence Unit. 

Tom Cooney- Equine Manager, PETsMART. Tom has a varied background in equine management, including retail.  He is well-networked in the region & active in the promotion of many various rescue clubs & organizations for both dogs & horses.

Rich Kendzior- Philadelphia Mounted Patrol, Retired.

Walt Sasse- Philadelphia Mounted Patrol, Retired. National Equine Security Specialists, co-owner

Walt Sasse and Rich Kendzior have extensive Philadelphia Mounted Patrol backgrounds. Both good horsemen, they further add to the substance behind the National Equine Security Specialists. Nicknamed the “Pink Hats,” this name has been dubbed upon their security team by the competitors and managers of major international horse shows.

This nickname sticks because while providing top-notch security at hectic competitions, they also are known for doing it all with a smile...and their ability to be spotted across the massive crowds by their infamous “neon pink” ball caps.

P J Loomer is the owner of “P Diamond J Outfitters.” She has been leading horse pack trips into the Pecos Wilderness of northern New Mexico for two decades. She raises Foundation Paint Horses and works cattle when not packing in the Rocky Mountains. She has been breaking and training young stock horses most of her life and competed in college rodeo.

Judi Carson- Canine Breeder & Competitor. Judy is a nationally recognized breeder & competitor, showing dogs competitively for 30 years.  She has produced multiple Title Holders in both Breed & Obedience,  She has competed with Afghans, Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers, Silky Terriers, & Standard Poodles.  Judy has held multiple Board positions on both local & national club levels (Breed & Obedience) & in addition is active in Agility.

Jessie Morgan of “West Jersey K-9 Search & Rescue”  has a lengthy history of Search and Rescue work.  Her invaluable experience can help determine which homeless animals will be up to the mentally and physically demanding tasks of Emergency Work and Tracking.  Jessie has worked with many dogs and currently has “Murphy” in  training, shown here practicing a search for drowning victims.

Murphy was rescued as a puppy from the streets of Germantown, PA.  He and Jessie have worked many searches together, including the September 11 World Trade Center recovery efforts.


Dr. Evelyn Orenbuch graduated from The Ohio State College of Veterinary medicine in 1994.  She has worked in several mixed and small animal veterinary hospitals in the Philadelphia area where she grew up, and in North Carolina where she lived for 6 years after graduation.  She was trained in veterinary chiropractic at Options for Animals, and certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in 1999. 

Dr. Orenbuch left the traditional animal hospital setting in January of 2003 when she started her own business, Orenbuch Veterinary Chiropractic.  She recently also completed the veterinary acupuncture course given by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and can now offer acupuncture to her patients as well as chiropractic. 

Several of her patients are nationally and internationally ranked agility dogs.  But her treatments have helped many dogs, horses and cats as well. 

You can reach her through her website at:



Lena O'Brien brings an international flavor to the Animal Welfare Project.  Originally trained by the Swedish Military, she has competed on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.  Further trained at the Kentucky Horse Park, she has managed barns for World-Class riders.  Today she produces her own multiple champions in disciplines ranging from jumping to driving.

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