Meet The Volunteers

Some of the volunteers have special skills in the veterinarian or construction field. Others decided to embark on this journey out of the goodness of their hearts. All are ordinary people who care deeply about our world and its future. While the volunteers come together from all walks of life, they share one basic belief system: We can make a difference!

 

Eva Sippel
Eva Sippel
A few years ago Molly Stretten and I went on a scouting trip to Romania for a documentary about emerging global democracies. We had read about the stray dog problem, but were unprepared for what we saw when we arrived. The number of stray, wounded and flea ridden dogs was so large, it was nearly impossible for us to accept it as a reality of every day life. Although I grew up in Germany, I was unaware of the magnitude of the problem. Like most people, what I knew about Romania had to do with Dracula and Nadia Comaneci. Upon our return to the United States we decided to produce a documentary about the stray dogs. We plan on making a difference by raising awareness. This is very important to me, the actual doing of it. I believe there is magic in action. We can all change the world, one dog at a time.

Paul Carlin
Paul Carlin
I am involved so that I can make a difference. While saving a few puppies may be insignificant in the big picture, I hope to shed light on a dark issue, reveal the long, sad history of stray animals and demonstrate techniques that help solve the problem.  Using the power of the media, I hope to spread awareness and educate the world on how to improve the situation.  A picture is worth a thousand words… imagine what 24 pictures per second can do!

Molly Stretten
Molly Stretten
When I learned about the stray dog problem in Romania, I immediately wanted to help any way I could. There is nothing more rewarding than giving these puppies a new chance in life.  Making this movie and traveling back to Romania with the other volunteers gives me a chance to do something extraordinary in my life. I know that when we work as a team we can accomplish anything we set our minds to and I am ready.

Holly Jenkins
Holly Jenkins
Everything in my life has lead me to this project.  I think animals are the purest form of love that God created and yet they continuously suffer at the hands of the ignorant or unaware.  Rescuing just one person or animal can make a difference.  I truly believe in this endeavor.  I met Eva while volunteering at the Burbank Animal Shelter, in which we are all still very much involved.  After volunteering with search and rescue for 10 days in New Orleans I’m ready to head to Romania.  Saving animals is my purpose and my passion.

 “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” –Roger Caras


Steve Duval
Steve Duval
I always had an out of control passion to explore and experience as many things about life as possible. I struggled to find the right career until I stumbled into camera work after doing a family wedding video.  From there I went to being a news cameraman for an NBC news affiliate to moving back to Los Angeles to play with the big boys.  I enjoy the spontaneous, unpredictable and adventurous world of documentaries and reality television.  Hanging out of helicopters, shooting underwater with sharks and doing just about anything to get a shot got me nicknames like "Stevil Knievel" and "snake cam."  But best of all, I found a way to constantly meet and work with interesting and extraordinary people. That's why I'm so excited about this project.

Marilyn Gale
Marilyn Gale
I've worked with animals for over 19 years. They have always given me so much more than I could ever hope to return, so any opportunity to ease suffering and bring health and happiness to them, I'm there!  I'm a USC Dental Hygienist who treats periodontal disease in dogs and cats without anesthesia at Canyon Animal Hospital in Laguna Beach.  I have 9 years experience in the veterinary field.  I'm certified in Healing Touch for Animals, Theta Healing, and have over 200 hours of Animal communication training.  I share my ranch in San Diego, with 17 animal companions and many wild ones as well.  My goals are to create healthy loving relations between companion animals and humans, give all animals a voice and to help humans reconnect with the earth, animals and each other. I can't wait to go to Romania!

Silisha Sidell
Silisha Sidell
I graduated University of California, San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Political Science.  Currently I work as the  Director of Labor Relations for Warner Bros. Studio Facilities Inc. in Burbank.  I live with a menagerie of pets that consists of a very large-eared Rat Terrier named Ellie Maeberry, a cockatiel that answers to Princess Honore, and a mischievous pair of lovebirds, Jesse Jane and Piper Roo. I also volunteer at the Burbank Animal Shelter where I met Molly and Eva. Considering today’s global society, I feels it is imperative to help other parts of the world.  Consequently, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in this experience to allow the Romanians to improve their own community.

Ed Mari
Ed Mari
Sympathy for the suffering of others, be it human or animal, is wrestled within all spiritual traditions.  Eva’s compassion for life and love of animals transcends beyond the normal capacity of kindheartedness and charity.  Her call to action is admirable and inspiring, and I am honored to be apart of this project. As a professional photographer I look forward to embarking on this journey.

Nancy Janes
Nancy Janes
Romania Animal Rescue (RAR) is pleased to join Schnuffie Productions in the making of this documentary.  Through our insights into the life of the Romanian street dog, we can enlighten the world to a problem of immense proportion.   RAR’s main focus is to get the street dogs spayed or neutered, so that puppies will not be born into suffering.  We are working diligently to get mass spay/neuter programs into the Romanian animal welfare. This is a long and difficult task and we hope that with this documentary we can get the plight of the Romanian street dogs into the international media, allowing us and others to help these innocent animals and to end the cycle of  misery.