Director of Operations
In her role as director of operations and employee development, Sammie Bistodeau is responsible for overseeing the volunteer department, education department, cat caretakers, office coordinators, and the administrative assistant/bookkeeper. In addition to overseeing those departments, she will be managing the facilities and serving the human resources manager for Ruff Start Rescue®.
Sammie has been volunteering with Ruff Start® since 2010. She has volunteered in several different roles throughout the years including; secretary of the board, placement coordinator, volunteer coordinator, foster, events, and transport day volunteer.
Sammie has been surrounded by animals since she was a little girl. She had several dogs and cats growing up and currently has three rescued pets. She started fostering eleven years ago. Her first foster was a sick farm kitten named Jack. She knew the kitten needed a new home and medical attention so she connected with an animal rescue to see if they could help. A year later, her best friend founded Ruff Start Rescue. She quickly found a passion for animal rescue and Ruff Start Rescue.
Sammie grew up in Princeton. She currently lives in Cambridge with her husband Tony and their two daughters. Their pets are Lucy, a ten-year-old beagle-pug mix; Lace, a tabby cat; and Gummy Bear, a chubby tuxedo cat.