Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Galit Ruben

Executive Director

Galit Reuben founded DWB in 2006 after a series of events led her to foster a small dog from Taiwan. Little did she know that this small dog which she named Pluto, would inspire the creation of Dogs Without Borders. After learning of the terrible cruelty and neglect dogs in some countries around the world endure, Galit has been on a mission to help needy dogs from wherever they are, including here in Los Angeles. What started out as a simple act to save one dog quickly turned into 10 dogs, then 25, and today, over 5000, thanks to the wonderful people that have helped her along the way.

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Verona Blue

Vice President

Verona joined Dogs Without Borders as a foster, then a volunteer, now as the Volunteer Coordinator and Vice President. She has Tiny Dogs at home, and when it comes to companions her motto is “the smaller the better”.

On a weekly basis Verona is actively involved with the rescue of new dogs, updating the website, emailing & recruiting new volunteers, offering a pleasant customer service experience via social media messaging and running Saturday adoption fairs.

Verona has adopted 3 DWB dogs and works as an actor and web developer, when she’s not totally distracted by rescue.

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Dr. Nicklaus Fox

Medical Advisor

Born and raised in Montana, Dr. Fox grew up on a large sheep and cattle ranch. He received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Montana State University, and was trained in veterinary medicine at Colorado State University, where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. Dr. Fox has been practicing companion animal medicine in Los Angeles ever since. He has become known for his home visits, where he offers particularly compassionate care for pets and their loved ones.

In 2013, he became certified in veterinary acupuncture, incorporating the natural principles of healing into his practice of integrative medicine.

Dr Fox is our medical advisor and offers regular, low cost clinics at our adoption fairs for adopters, and the general public. He is on the board of several non profits and is experienced in fundraising.

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Abby Belkin

Treasurer
Abby is the first foster of the DWB foster program! She found Dogs Without Borders in 2006 when she was thinking of adopting a small dog and got roped into fostering a dog. Then another, and then… she reckons she’s fostered  upwards of sixty five dogs in the last twelve years.
Abby was appointed Treasurer in 2016. She manages dog profiles on the DWB website and does house checks to make sure our dogs are being adopted into loving and secure homes. She has adopted two DWB dogs of her own.
Abby has been a Los Angeles realtor since 1999. She loves helping people find their homes but it’s even better when she gets to help them find their dogs as well.
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Betsy Rue

Board Member

Betsy started volunteering for Dogs Without Borders in 2010 as a transporter. As she stepped into the shelters she couldn’t help but start taking dogs home, which led me her to become a rescuer for the organization. Betsy worked for 6 years and pulled thousands of pups from all the Los Angeles shelters.

When Betsy gave birth to twins in 2015 she had to stop my rescuing for the time being just to be mom for a couple years but is back as the head of our Rescue Committee, working with other board members and volunteers to get as many pups as possible out of shelters and into our rescue!

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Alissa Branham

Board Member

Alissa is an entertainment attorney who initially joined Dogs Without Borders in 2017 as a one day a week dog-walker. However, once she met our dogs and saw how many lives we could save, she was all in. Alissa is actively involved with rescuing dogs, promoting them on our social media sites, and raising funds to help save more dogs. She has a soft spot for senior dogs and dogs with medical issues that need extra attention and funding to make it out of the shelter system.

Alissa has two fur babies, Miko & Mia. Prior to attending law school, Alissa earned her PhD in Philosophy. Regarding dogs, she thinks a former professor of hers put it best: “They have souls if we do.”

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