About The Pet Matchmaker

Welcome to The Pet Matchmaker! Our mission is simple: to celebrate and inspire the rescue, foster and adoption of homeless pets everywhere.

Our public shelter system is overcrowded and underfunded. Millions of homeless pets are euthanized every year. The Pet Matchmaker knows that a large cottage industry of rescue exists to fill the gap where our public system of animal shelters falters and fails. There are many pet rescue nonprofits that help to fill the breach. And they’re not all for homeless dogs and cats. There are rescues for every kind of homeless pet, including horses, chickens, rabbits, turtles and guinea pigs!

Beyond the formal pet rescue organizations, there are countless “mom & pop” organizations that work to rescue, foster and adopt homeless pets. These are the people who do the day to day work of helping to solve the epidemic of homeless pets in our nation. They open their hearts and their wallets every single day. Many foster multiple pets at a time. They use their social media to network these pets to get them adopted into their forever homes.
The Pet Matchmaker celebrates these foot soldiers of the pet rescue world. Their stories can inspire all of us to be part of the solution to homeless pets.


  • Elaine Hendrix
    Elaine Hendrix Founder

    Elaine Hendrix is an award-winning actress and animal advocate who, in addition to her 100+ acting credits, has a full-time second career rescuing, adopting, volunteering, lobbying, protesting, speaking, writing, building habitats and more, all on behalf of animals, everywhere. She is from East Tennessee and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her rescue dogs, canines: Rossmore and Ellie and felines: Kimbo and Goodie Cornbread.

Hello. I’m Elaine Hendrix, aka The Pet Matchmaker. It’s my great honor to be in animal advocacy for over a decade. After I made what I call the “fortunate mistake” of watching an undercover fur video, it changed my life forever. I travel all over the world. I have discovered that – much like myself before that video – people love animals, but have no idea what is actually happening to them.

Even if people who do understand the challenges animals face, often they have no idea how to help.

As The Pet Matchmaker, it’s my goal to be part of the solution to that problem.

To that end, an incredible team of people joined me in creating this site to inspire and celebrate the foster, rescue and adoption of homeless pets, everywhere.

A little inspiration makes a big difference! If you’ve already got a rescue pet, we’ve got stories that celebrate people just like you. If you’re thinking of getting involved in rescue, foster or adoption, we want to inspire you! So come on in, poke around. Visit regularly. We update pages often. I’m thrilled to share this journey with you!

Creating happily ever after…one pet at a time,

Elaine Hendrix, The Pet Matchmaker

P.S. Be sure to check out my blog for more fun and adventures!

Core Volunteers

  • Nikki Carvey

    Nikki Carvey trained as a journalist in the UK. She now lives, writes and complains less about the weather, in LA. A dedicated animal advocate but disastrous cook, she shares her home with her flatulent door of perception, Huxley, and various canine rescues passing through…

  • Jenn Greenwaldt
    Jenn Greenwaldt GRAPHICS

    Jenn is an actress, singer and Freelance Graphic Artist with a BFA in Digital Design and an Associates Degree in Business Administration. She currently lives in Rapid City, SD with her beloved cat, Tabytha, and one fish, Norman Betta. (So far, Norman and Tabytha get along just great!) Jenn likes to quote Betty White – “If one has no sense of humor, one is in trouble.”

  • Patricia Jones
    Patricia Jones PUBLICITY

    Patricia Jones is founder of PawsPR.com, a PR agency specializing in the pet service industries and animal welfare organizations. Patricia shares her NYC home with 2 rescued kitties: Lizzie B. and Bartley, a rescued hamster named Monty & Betta fish named Fred.

  • Gail Madak
    Gail Madak RESEARCH
  • Georgette Madak
    Georgette Madak ADMINISTRATION
  • Gerie Madak
    Gerie Madak OUTREACH

The Madak sisters are identical triplets – a very rare occurrence, indeed. How rare? Well, 1 in 6000 births in the U.S. are triplets and 1 in 1000 of those are identical. That’s rare! The Madaks are all retired and live in Bridgewater, NJ. Gail was Head of Adult Services at Mary Jacobs Library. She graduated from Rutgers University with a Masters of Library Science. A former Family & Consumer Science High School Teacher, Georgette graduated from Douglass College and Rutgers University with a Bachelors of Science degree. Gerie was an Adult Programs Coordinator at Bridgewater Library. She graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science degree. They all love to get cozy with their beloved animals: canines Jesse, Juliette and Faith, and feline Midge, (rescues, all – natch!)

  • Nora Lynch
    Nora Lynch EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

    Nora Lynch is a freelance writer, producer and standup comedian, as well as a certified holistic nutrition coach. (Yeah, it’s kind of a weird combo.) This is her first foray into editing a website and she’s super excited about the opportunity to be a part of something so special. She lives in Denver, CO with her husband, comedian Phil Palisoul and their two rescue dogs, Ursa, a German Shepherd Dog, Pascal, a Standard Poodle and Darla, a feral kitten rescue.

  • Kristina Meinig
    Kristina Meinig GRAPHICS & WEB DESIGN

    Kristina works as a marketing and video artist in the video game industry. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the Media Design University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf, Germany. She still lives in Düsseldorf with her partner, Laura. Their life revolves around creativity and their little granny dog, Buma.

  • Laura Nettelbeck
    Laura Nettelbeck GRAPHICS

    Laura is a freelance illustrator and graphic artist in the video games industry. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the Media Design University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf, Germany. She lives in Düsseldorf with her partner, Kristina. Their life revolves around creativity and their little granny dog, Buma.

  • Jennifer Thomas
    Jennifer Thomas SOCIAL MEDIA

    Jennifer has lived in Portland, OR most of her life and is currently looking for her dream job. Jennifer is a huge animal lover and has a 17 year old cat Sabrina who was diagnosed with Kidney Disease in 2013. She has had Sabrina since she was a kitten and Sabrina is very loving and attentive and is being very brave with her treatment. She is cherishing every moment of her limited time with her. Jennifer enjoys showing off Sabrina on periscope where Sabrina has a lot of fans – @TheJennT.

  • Lauren White
    Lauren White NEWSLETTER

Advisory Board

Antonio Brown
Heidi Huebner
Emily McKinney
Chris Sergi
Julie Spoonamore
Mary Vogt


Elaine Hendrix, President
Nora Lynch, Vice President
Karene Jullien, Secretary
Mark Herrick, Treasurer & General Council

Board of Directors

Kristina Bowman
Jackie Debatin
Elaine Hendrix, Chairman
Kimberly Faith Jones
Ghen Laraya Long
Phil Palisoul
Scott Wilder
Salvator Xuereb