About Us

Umbrella of Hope Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in East Contra Costa County, California, which is funded, in large part, by a generous grant from Maddie's Fund. Our main focus is on the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement in forever homes, of animals from shelter situations, and our feral-fix and community-assist programs.

Stay up to date on our events and available pets via Facebook and Twitter.

Ever see an umbrella tattoo on the tummy of one of our dogs, and wondered what it's all about? Well, we use these as special identifiers, so that if one of our dogs is picked up, or surrendered to a shelter, the staff knows to call us first. Click here to see a couple of examples of the umbrella tattoo.


Our Goals

  • To reduce the euthanasia of adoptable animals through increased adoptions of those animals already born
  • To increase public awareness of homeless pets, encourage spay and neuter of companion animals, and promote adoption for the acquisition of family pets
  • To help increase public safety by reducing the number of strays and feral animals through population control who might carry disease or pose other dangers to the community
  • To provide resources to pet owners that enable them to be responsible forever guardians of their companion animals

Board of Directors

Shawn Coffman, President

Irene Moreno, Secretary

Laurie Noe, DVM, Medical Director

Dee Petersen, Director (Operations) and Interim Treasurer

Tara Tabayoyon, Director (Clinic Coordinator) 

Leadership Team

Mary Kohler, Logistics Coordinator

Terri Levels, Event Coordinator 

Karen K. Anderson, Webmistress

Tish Bilby, Joe Hilman, Andrea and Michael Pixton, Special Populations Outreach (Seniors, Disabled, Veteran)

Courtney Page, Community Cat Assist Program Coordinator

Tressa Overfield, Behaviorist and Large Dog Coordinator

Elea Sutter, Transport Coordinator

Student Interns

Stacia Koens


Our Partners and Benefactors 

 UOH is a member of Maddie’s® Treatable Assistance Program


Petcube - like a nanny-Cam for your pets...order yours today right here!!

 All of our dogs here at UOH endorse the great folks at ZOOM ROOM Walnut Creek!

Thanks for you support, and thanks for inviting us to your shy dog and obedience classes.

Well Pet Vet Clinic cares for all of Umbrella of Hope's rescued animals...they rock!! 


Much thanks to Share the Joy Photography for making all of our adorable rescues look even more adorptable!

 Patented product for blind dogs that both Vets and Ophthalmologists are recommending.

Need some super-cute notecards? Umbrella of Hope will receive 50% of the net proceeds from the sale of My Dog Otis notecards, which feature a rescued big black dog enjoying his favorite past times. Just use the promotional code "umbrella" when you check out, and the publisher, Splashing Cow Books, will send us half of the net proceeds! Awesome! 


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