Archive for March, 2021

Paw Parade

March 25th, 2021

Rescue Village was invited to Chardon Healthcare Center yesterday to visit with the residents. To make it a safe visit during COVID, they requested a Paw Parade so that residents who weren’t able to come outside could see the dogs from their windows as the parade wrapped around the entire building.

Initially Chardon Healthcare Center wanted us to bring adoptable animals, however, Rescue Village works hard to ensure the dogs at the shelter stay stress-free, so Humane Educator, Nicole Latosky, arranged to bring the RV Ambassador dogs.

Rescue Village Ambassador dogs are trained and certified therapy dogs that go through training with their owner.  Therapy dogs are assessed and then trained to ensure that they can handle all different types of situations and remain calm. Trained therapy dogs are accustomed to large crowds, wheelchairs, strangers approaching and children that might tug on their fur or tail.

“The Ambassadors have not volunteered for Rescue Village in over a year due to COVID, and their owners were so excited to get the call to action,” said Nicole, who oversees the Ambassador program. “We know how important it is, especially during COVID, to bring these dogs out to meet people and give them comfort and joy. We aren’t sure who had more fun, the people or the dogs!”

The Ambassadors spent over an hour cheering up the residents and filling their hearts with fond, furry memories.

New Executive Director, Kenneth Clarke

March 18th, 2021


The Board of Trustees of Rescue Village is pleased to announce that Kenneth Clarke has been selected as its next Executive Director. Ken assumed his new position on March 16.

Ken has spent more than two decades in executive leadership positions at some of the Midwest’s leading nonprofit, educational, and cultural organizations, including the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, and the Shedd Aquarium, both in Chicago. Prior to that, he was a Director of Development at The Ohio State University. His most recent position was at VividFront, a Cleveland-based award-winning digital marketing agency, where he worked on a startup with the owner and other partners as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. Previously, he worked at JumpStart, Inc., where he served as Director of Strategic Initiatives. Ken has earned a reputation for leadership excellence and has demonstrated prowess in the areas of strategic vision, financial management, marketing, and fundraising.

Ken is a native of Northeast Ohio and currently lives in Bath with his wife, daughter, family rescue dog, and a small flock of backyard chickens. “I’m thrilled to join the mission of Rescue Village, a dynamic organization whose passionate people proactively care about the welfare of animals, and their humans, in Northeast Ohio.”

Board President Kathy Leavenworth reports that “Ken has a distinct blend of leadership skills, compassion and strategic vision that make him an ideal candidate to lead Rescue Village and we are delighted to have him join our team.”

We have great confidence that the important vision and mission of Rescue Village will continue to prosper and grow under Ken’s leadership.