Cara Kinzel, Vice President/BoD member – Coming Soon

Kassie Ditlevsen, Secretary/BoD member

Kassie has always had a deep love of animals and started rescuing at a very early age, bringing a variety of stray animals home whenever she found them. Kassie grew up with a Doberman (another of the other fabulous four breeds labeled “dominant”) and a GSDx – discovering early on what dominant breeds required. Living in an area where shelters were overwhelmed and overcapacity on a weekly basis, she began networking about 5 years ago, coordinating shelters with rescues. That blossomed into partnering with a local rescue for about a year.

Zoey is Kassie’s first GSD of her own and she quickly began to understand further how the shepherd is so often misunderstood, driving her love of the breed further and solidifying her love of rescuing them. 

In January 2018, Kassie joined Shepherds Without Borders as a BoD member, bringing her valuable rescue knowledge and her experience with another rescue organization. 

Kassie currently lives along the border of Oregon/California with her significant other and two dogs, Zoey and Harlo.

Terisa Pepiot, President/Founding BoD member 

Terisa’s love for German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs) began decades ago when she was owned by her first GSD, Patrick J, as a young child. That first shepherd left a permanent pawprint on her heart and a love of the breed that has never wavered.

Through the years, as the breed became feared and disparaged, her desire to rescue them became stronger. Thanks to social media, the truth of the numbers and misjudgment in shelters, it all became too much to watch, sit and do nothing. In 2015, she began her quest to volunteer for a GSD rescue and learn enough to hopefully start a successful rescue.

After volunteering for the other rescue for a year, Terisa set course to establish a new local rescue. Shepherds Without Borders rescue was organized in June of 2016. In November 2016, the first GSD was rescued in Salem, Oregon and the journey began.

Terisa currently lives in the Salem Oregon area having raised two “two-legged” children, Dreau and Mikaela. She has worked as an office manager for the same company for almost 20 years. She currently lives with her husband and 3 personal GSDs; Rhiley, Adelaide and Rheine.