“She had no particular breed in mind, no unusual requirements. Except the special sense
of mutual recognition that tells dog and human they have both come to the right place.”
Yola's Pet Fund founder Janet Marschner lives in Cheyenne, WY, where she spends time with her horses, miniature donkey, and Theodore, her chocolate lab and pheasant hunting partner. She has had a rewarding 30 year career as a General Contractor/Real Estate Developer and a CPA. An avid big game hunter, bird hunter, fly fisherwoman, and trap shooter, Janet also enjoys spending time with her horse Prairie in the Wyoming backcountry. She is an active member of her community, serving on several non-profit boards and as well as a Hunter Education Instructor for Wyoming Game & Fish.
Janet is passionate about providing all pets the love and resources they need to thrive. Her devotion to the cause of animal rescue led her to found Yola's Pet Fund. She is tireless in her pursuit of matching dogs with forever families.
Beagle-Shepherd mix Yola (and her pal Boogy) were originally adopted in Arizona by a veteran named John, who was diagnosed with Stage IV esophageal cancer in 2017. Knowing he would no longer be able to care for his beloved pets, a friend placed a Craiglist ad in an attempt to find a new home for the pair.
After an overwhelming outpouring of interest, Janet was chosen to adopt Yola and Boogy together. Keeping the pair together helped minimize the stress on the dogs who were attached to their person but suddenly found themselves in need of a new loving home.
The circumstances Yola and Boogy found themselves in are not unique; scores of pet owners face similar heartbreaking decisions when faced with economic hardship or other crises. Yola remains the inspiration to provide support for all animals in desperate need.
Janet first met Washakie in November of 2017 on her first trip to Fort Washakie. She was living with eight other dogs in backyard kennels. Her keeper wanted help rehoming a couple of dogs but wasn't yet ready to part with Washakie. Janet's heart ached to help her. Finally, in January 2018 the gentleman called and said Washakie was available. When Janet got her home, she ran laps around the back yard. For sure, this was the first time in years that she was free. Her fur was matted and dirty, but we fixed that with a long bath. Washakie is the inspiration for helping more dogs and cats from Wyoming's Wind River Reservation find homes.
Washakie was adopted by a family in northern Wyoming.