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White Hall, AR 71612
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President; Temperament Test  & Independent Adoptions (IA) Advisor

Bill Lawton


Bill has been involved in dog rescue for a number of years, with Humane Societies, Animal Control facilities and Rescue groups. He has worked with some of the more difficult dogs in order to get them to the point of being adoptable and able to live in a forever home with a loving family.  Dog rescue is his passion. 

Bill started with SSRR at the beginning of 2013 while volunteering for a local animal shelter. He started working with a boy named Apollo since it seemed to him that none of the staff knew Rottweilers very well and most of them were scared of Apollo due to his size and pushiness. One of the staff members actually said he was watching her, trying to figure out ways to “kill her.” Bill knew that Apollo was watching in an attempt to learn and figure out what was going on, as Rottweilers do. When he took Apollo out, Apollo immediately started pushing and pulling and wanted to do what he wanted until Bill corrected him. After a few days, Apollo knew the routine and willing went along without any further “attitude”. Bill contacted SSRR to try and get Apollo into rescue since he would not make it out of the shelter any other way. Unfortunately, the response he received was that there were only 3 fosters in Virginia and they were full so they could not take in Apollo but if Bill were to foster him then they may be willing. Bill filled out a foster application, had his application processed, had a home visit done and then a few days later went to the shelter where he ran into a friend of his, who had recently lost his Rottweiler, while walking Apollo. His friend met Apollo and fell in love with him. They spent about an hour together and he was ready to adopt. Bill received his approval to be a foster for SSRR later that day. But why stop at fostering he thought. Why not get more fosters for Virginia?

Bill volunteered with SSRR processing applications, performing home checks, assisting with temperament tests and transports. He went on to serve as Lead Intake Coordinator prior to being elected as President of SSRR on November 26, 2013. Bill has been accused of placing our dogs above people and to that he says he is guilty and will continue to run SSRR with that guiding principle front and center. As Bill said, “I truly believe it’s up to each and every one of us to speak up for and help those who cannot help themselves.”


Vice President; Director, Foster Care

Dee Pennington


Dee is our Vice President and our Director of Foster Care. She oversees all of our fosters and foster coordinators. She ensures our rescued Rottweilers are getting the best care possible. Dee has loved and owned Rotties since 1996 and first became active with SSRR when she adopted Autumn in 2005. Since then she has volunteered in many different areas, with her favorite areas being fostering, transports and going to events to meet as many other volunteers as she can. Before then Dee was a Vet Tech and Office Manager for two veterinary hospitals

Treasurer, Grant Writing Advisor

Linda Whigham


Linda is a very proud mom of two former SSRR kids, Valley and Riggs, adopted in 2015 and 2017. Linda started volunteering to drive transports going to or from Texas through to Arkansas. And the rest, as they say, is history. She was approached to be the grant writer and eventually the Treasurer. Linda has held these positions since 2012.

Linda’s full-time (paying) job is as the Supervisor of a laboratory in the Pathology Department of a University Medical Center. They use a laser beam and antibodies to classify blood and bone marrow cancers. She’s a medical technologist by profession and has spent my entire working life paying attention to details. Not a bad habit for someone responsible for the “purse strings” so Linda is somewhat suited to her SSRR position.

People say that rescued dogs are so grateful for their adopted families, and we all know they are, but Linda says she is so grateful to Valley and Riggs for sharing their lives with her and to the folks at SSRR who placed them with her.

Linda’s favorite part of volunteering with SSRR is seeing all the happy endings; being the last leg of a transport and actually witnessing  the family and their new dog meet for the first time.   



Secretary; Director

Tara Campbell


Tara and her family has fostered over 25 dogs since 2008. They have fostered Rottweilers, Pitbulls, Labrador Retrievers, and various mixed breeds. She is a mother of 2 rescue dogs: Hope (dachshund/beagle mix) and Bear (german shepard/rottweiler). Tara’s first Rottweiler was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and soon after she began volunteering her time to dog rescues. Their first SSRR foster was a beautiful Rottweiler puppy who had a rough start at life but was taught many joys from Tara’s daughters before being adopted. Tara has dedicated her time to various rescues: Roads of Hope – transporter & volunteer since 2008, Midsouth Animal Rescue League – foster home 2009-2011, Lab Rescue – foster 2007-2011, Worcester County Animal Shelter 2012 – present, SSRR Home Visit & Temperament Coordinator 2007-2010, SSRR Home Visit & Temperament Lead 2010-2013, SSRR Foster Home Lead 2011-2013, SSRR Board Member 2011-2013, 2015-present. Other non-profit organizations Tara volunteers and provides support: World Vision Child Ambassador & Child Sponsor 2007 – present, Food For the Hungry, Joyce Meyer Ministries, Ligonier Ministries, KLove, Sonrise Ministries, and St Jude Children’s Hospital.



Kathy Coon

Kathy became a volunteer with SSRR in 2008 when she adopted her boy, Ranger. She had recently lost Scout, her very first Rottweiler, to cancer. She had adopted Scout by default when she found him as a sick pup lying beside the road….and spent over $800 to get this “stray dog” well again. She had planned on finding him a home once he was well; but, by the time he was well, she was smitten, and just fell in love with him. That began Kathy’s love and dedication to this wonderful, yet greatly misunderstood breed.

Kathy urges you to get involved in fostering if at all possible. As she said “It’s the only way to save these abandoned Rotties. Often when I look into those adorable brown eyes of Ranger, as well as the fosters I’ve had, I think of how each of these precious dogs were only hours away from being euthanized. I never thought I could do it—just too heart wrenching to give them up. But, even with the sadness and tears, that is no comparison to the terrible sadness that I know everyone feels for the ones who never get a chance.


Director, Intake; Director, Transport

Cheryl Shaw

Cheryl's love of Rottweilers started over 20 years ago when her husband talked her into getting one. She first became involved in animal rescue when she offered to help a friend with a transport five years ago.  She was hooked after that and started transporting almost every weekend. She has helped various rescues with transporting, performing home visits, fostering and fundraising. When SSRR had an opening for a transport coordinator in 2016, she decided to try her hand at that.  She hasn't looked back since!

During the week, Cheryl is employed full-time as a Human Resources Manager for a local College where she lives, in Port Orange, FL.  She's a proud Mom to a daughter, son-in-law and son.  She's also a proud dog Mom to Rotties Apollo, Bentley and Mercedes and a Great Dane, Karma.  She also fosters for SSRR.  In her spare time, she also volunteers with Relay for Life of Port Orange and in her professional life, serves on the Florida Chapter Board of CUPA-HR. 

Her reason for volunteering with so many organizations is her love of the Rottweiler breed and of her community. She believes Rotties are one of the most misunderstood breeds, so in addition to volunteering, she tries to help educate people on the breed.  She really enjoys her work with SSRR and loves to just make a difference in this world.

Director, Communications and Social Media

Angela Maldon


Angela started with SSRR in early 2014 working mostly behind the scenes as our Information Coordinator and Web Designer. Angela co-owns a successful Networking/Web Design business and was tasked with coming up with a new, much more functional, website than what we had. She was also tasked with coming up with a new records retention system that would be as automated as possible. This resulted in the website and forms that we still use today.

Detailed records are kept for each dog that comes into SSRR until they are adopted. This is the reason we do most everything through email and not through social media. Our social media platforms are use for posting Rottweilers in need that are looking for fosters, adoption notices and general information, etc.

Angela lives on the oceanfront where her and her family enjoy the beach every day. She has 3 Rottweilers, 2 males and 1 female, named Apollo, Zeus and Athena. If you are wondering whether or not Angela is a fan of Greek Mythology, she is.

SSRR Official Veterinarian and Board Advisor

Dr. Prudence Walker, DVM








Founders :

Renice Zimmerman & Judy Marion