Peaceful Passings Directors

Jacqueline A. Meyers, PhD
Executive Director/Founder


Rose Le Master

Gareth Hunt 


Dave Sagarin

Courtney Brown


Meghan Gum

Assists animal welfare organizations nationwide. This includes helping to reduce the number of animals in shelters and rescues through pet adoptions, spay and neuter programs, microchipping and foster care.






Every month we donate to a different cause or rescue. Not only that, we’ve been told first hand that our (that’s including YOU) donations have helped animals from being put down right then and there. Sometimes we’ll even decide to just send a big check to friends of ours that run rescues that we know need our immediate help. Take pride knowing that your purchase really does help save lives!

“I’d Rather Be With My Dog makes donations to different rescues and shelters throughout the world! What is the point of being an animal lover if you can’t give back to the organizations that help support and save the lives of every animal in need?” Doug Ratner – Be sure to read about some of the rescues that we support and the incredible work they do!



We believe that giving back starts in your community. That’s why our stores partner with local rescues for adoptions and fundraising. Look for the Donation Bin at your local store – we are collecting food, litter and more for a local rescue partner.


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CARS is a vehicle donation program. They will pick up your vehicle and sell it. When sold, we benefit when you designate Peaceful Passings Senior Animal Rescue as the recipient of the dollars from the sale of your donated vehicle.



Jacqueline A. Meyers, PhD                                                    434-842-3287 (Home)

2856 Cloverdale Rd.                                                              

Bremo Bluff, VA 23022




S.U.N.Y. Brockport: B.A. Foreign Literature, Minor: German

Animal Related Courses:

Biology 266: Ecological Lifestyles

Biology 366: Man and his Environment

Biology 472: Ethology


M.Ed. Keene State College: Counseling/Administration


Ph.D. Virginia Commonwealth University: Public Administration and Public Policy


Professional Dog Grooming Diploma, The Connecticut K-9 EducationCenter, Newington, CT 1990


Certificate of Training, Humane Investigation, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Health, 1992

American Humane Association, Animal Emergency Services, Arlington, VA 2006

National Conference on Animals in Disaster, HSUS, 2006

Maryland SART Summit: Animal Emergency Preparedness, 2006

Virginia SART Summit: Animal Emergency Preparedness, 2007

VASART, Delaware/Maryland/Virginia SART Conference, 2008


FEMA: Emergency Management Institute:

            IS-00005.A Introduction to Hazardous Materials

            IS-00010 Animals in Disaster, Awareness and Preparedness

            IS-00011 Animals in Disaster, Community Planning

            IS-00100 Incident Command System

            IS-00111 Livestock in Disasters

            IS-00120.a An Introduction to Exercise

            IS-00130 Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning

            IS-00139 Exercise Design

            IS-00200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

            IS-00288: Role of Voluntary Agencies in Emergency Management

            IS-00700 National Incident Management System

            IS-00701.a NIMS Multi-Agency Coordination System

            IS-00702.a NIMS Public Information System

            IS-00703.a NIMS Resource Management

            IS-00800 National Response Plan


American Red Cross:

            Pet First Aid, Red Cross, 4/10/2007

            Fundamentals of Instructor Training, Red Cross, 4/4/2007

            Pet First Aid Instructor training, Red Cross


Animal Activities:


Owner, Gratefully Groomed, Dog Grooming                                                1991-1995

Fluvanna County, VA


Fluvanna County SPCA, Volunteer                                                                  1992-1995


Humane Investigator, Fluvanna County, VA                                                  1992-2001


Voices for Animals, Charlottesville, VA                                                           1995-2000


Caring for Creatures Animal Sanctuary, Volunteer,                                     2000-2010

Caring for Creatures, Board of Directors,                                                      2005-2007

Country 99.7, Caring for Creatures Radio Show, Charlottesville, VA         2005-2010


Author, FluvannaCounty Animal Response Plan                                          2003

Co-chair, Fluvanna County Animal Response Team                                    2003-2017


American Red Cross, Pet First Aid and CPR Instructor                                2007-2014


Virginia SART, ESF 11, Pet Sheltering, Group Leader                                2007-2009


Virginia State Animal Response Team Board Member, representing

Virginia Federation of Humane Societies                                                      2016-2017


The Humane Society of the United States - National Disaster Animal Response Team:

            Hurricane Katrina                                                                              2005

            Presidential Inauguration                                                                  2009

            Spotsylvania, VA/Confessions: Animal Hoarding                              2010

            Hurricane Sandy                                                                                2012

            Multi-State Dog Fighting Response                                                   2014


Non-Profit Establishment:


Executive Director/Founder, Peaceful Passings Animal Rescue, 501c3 non-profit,                                                                 2009- present



Equestrian Activities led by Professional Athletes for At-risk youth, The Delta Society, Conference on Human/Animal Interactions, Geneva, Switzerland, 1995.


“Steps to Starting a County Animal Response Team in a RuralCounty”, VASART Summit 2007, and Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, Northeast region, 2007.


Developed workbook for Virginia SART, “Developing a CART” presented at

VFHS conference, Fredericksburg, VA, March 2011


VFHS Conference, 2016, "Home-based Rescue Start-up"

VFHS Conference, 2017, "Is that Rescue Legit?"

VFHS Conference, 2018, "Is that Rescue Legit?" and "Emergent and Succession Planning fort Rescue Organizations"




La Joie: A quarterly Journal dedicated to promoting appreciation for all beings.


La Joie, Vol. 21, No. 2, Spring 2010:            Peaceful Passings Animal Hospice

La Joie, Vol. 21, No. 3, Summer 2010:        The Art of Saving Seniors

La Joie, Vol. 21, No. 4, Fall 2010:                Moving Towards Spirit

La Joie, Vol. 22, No. 4 Fall 2011:                 Alice Faye, a Once Stray Beagle

La Joie, Vol. 22, No. 1 Winter 2011:            The Joy of Rescue

La Joie, Vol.23, No.1 Winter 2012:              Old Dog

La Joie, Vol. 23, No. 3 Summer 2012:         Passings

La Joie, Vol.24, No. 2 Spring 2013:             Being Nosey

La Joie, Vol. 24, No. 4 Fall 2013:                 Puppy Mills: They’re not Just About Puppies

La Joie, Vol. 25, No.1 Winter 2014:              Kate’s Scars Touch Marie’s Heart




Virginia Federation of Humane Societies – President’s Award:                   March 11, 2011


Helping Hands Award: Brockport High School Class of 1972, given in recognition of participation in the animal rescue efforts in Louisiana, Following Hurricane Katrina –

                                                                                                                      July 14, 2007


Virginia Federation of Humane Societies Rescue Certification                    April 17, 2013