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We do NOT have shelter. All of our dogs are with foster families. If you would like to send anything to the rescue via mail, our license address is
MId-Atlantic Jack Rescue, Inc.
c/o Tara Severin
2377 Oakview Dr.,
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Ardis Lukens, President
You guessed it – Ardis is passionate about dogs and rescue. She has been involved with dogs in various venues and breeds most of her life.
She lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with two Border Collies, an Aussie and two Jacks as well as fosters that come and go. She also has a cat who is about 2,145,873 years old and refuses to die.
She has been with Mid-Atlantic Jack Rescue since before it was Mid-Atlantic Rescue. She began her history with rescuing Jack Russells about 10 years ago when she adopted an old Jack Russell who she named GuyZer. From there she began volunteering and fostering for Russell Rescue/ JRTCA. Six years ago, when the rescue decided to become a separate entity, she was one of the founding members and the Vice President for 4 years. She became the President in 2017.
As the President, she attends almost all events and fundraisers. She also fosters, transports and assesses dogs for the organization.
When she is not doing Jack Russell stuff, she plays dog agility with her dogs. She’s been involved in the sport for about 25 years. Ardis is also a very active in her community.
Mary Norris, Vice-President
Social Media Coordination
Meg Hanlon, Treasurer
General Email Management
Tara (Bennett) Severin, Secretary
Kennel License & Compliance
Tara lives in the Pittsburgh area and has been involved in animal rescue work for over 20 years. She got involved with MAJR in 2014 when she rescued her beloved dog, Pops from the rescue. Tara says she could not be prouder of this organization and all of the hard work the volunteers put forth.
Outside of rescue work, Tara's career has been centered around organizational leadership for non-profit and for-profit companies mostly in the field of human services. She also enjoys writing and various types of artwork.
Jeanne Barnhart, Board Member
Jeanne Barnhart, her husband George, their 7 dogs and a cat, live in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. Jeanne works, and spends a lot of her time, in the Harrisburg, PA area. Jeanne and George have been fostering and volunteering for MAJR since 2013, and have met and worked with some wonderful members of MAJR along with so many special adopters. They have fostered over 20 very special dogs, with two of them becoming foster "gains," not foster failures.
Carol McCoy, Board Member
Carol was on the board for MAJR when MAJR first began. She and her husband Mark assist at events and have fostered 3 sets of puppies for MAJR. (YES, "SETS" of puppies!). She will soon be retired from the pharmaceutical industry and has a certification in small animal massage. She is passionate about canine health and educating the public on animal care and ownership. Carol and Mark own a small hobby farm in PA with their 2 JRT’s and a terrier mix.
Helen Miller, Board Member
Helen Miller has been a volunteer with MAJR.org since 2012, fostering more than 15 dogs and foster "failing" one of them, Tank. He was their first ever Jack Russell who was a family pet. They have also fostered many seniors over the years.