About Pug Squad

Scott McIntyre


Scott become involved in pug rescue thanks to his wife and fellow Pug Squad Co-Founder, Jodi. After adding a senior pug to their growing grumble, Jodi began volunteering for Curly Tail Pug Rescue. Her volunteer work spilled over onto Scott, who quickly became a “rescue husband.” Over time, he would assist in fostering and representing the rescue at events, such as the Milwaukee Pug Fest, assorted fund raisers, and various New York City meet-ups. All the while, he was making connections and forming friendships with the people who would eventually form Pug Squad. As a Co-Founder and Board President, Scott is looking forward to bringing his years of experience to provide guidance, leadership and strategic direction to Pug Squad.

Scott and Jodi have had over ten pugs of their own, mostly rescues, with their current grumble now at two pugs, Butkus and Phoebe and Honorary Pug Kirby. Outside Pug Rescue, Scott is the Operations Manager and Veterans Advocate at Cona Elder Law PLLC.  He dedicates all of his rescue work to the late but unforgettable Owen; Scott’s BFF and honorary “Also Prez” of the Squad. Dadums misses you every day…

Nadine Gilden

Vice President

Nadine has had a pug in her life for the last 21 years. Her current pug, Pixel, is a constant source of love and amusement. Her love of pugs led her to volunteer with a pug rescue, and now to help form a new one with Pug Squad. She is also a member of the NYC Pug Meetup Group, which meets monthly in Manhattan, and loves connecting with her fellow pug lovers through social media. (You might have seen Pixel’s famous Michonne Pug Halloween photo shared on Twitter!)

Nadine has had her own web design and development company, Curious Light, since 1998, and has been involved in web design and development since 1994. A Pug Squad Co-Founder, Nadine built and maintains the Pug Squad website and contributes to the Squad’s marketing and communication efforts through branding, graphic design, and content development.

Jodi McIntyre

Founding Member

Jodi’s love of pugs started 13 years ago when her son brought home her first pug, Alexis. She quickly won Jodi and her husband, Scott, over. So much so that when her son told them he was moving out, Jodi’s first comment was “fine, but Alexis is staying.” Since then, their pug family has grown significantly, and they have been owned by ten pugs over the years! Today, their grumble consists of Alexis, Max, Anthony, Cosmo!, Dexter and Butkus.

Jodi started dabbling in volunteer work in 2007, shortly after they rescued their first pug, Mr. Neumacks. A few years later, Jodi and Scott began fostering, and Jodi became a regular pug rescue volunteer and official Crazy Pug Lady.

Over the years, Jodi has volunteered with several pug rescue groups, taking on diverse roles including transport, long-term and emergency fostering, fundraising, and shelter pulls. Most notably, Jodi served as Adoption Coordinator at Curly Tail Pug Rescue for three years, helping hundreds of pugs find loving forever homes! As a Co-Founder of Pug Squad, Jodi is excited about the next phase of her rescue adventure and looks forward to helping raise awareness and funds for pugs in need.

When she’s not volunteering, Jodi works as an IT professional and loves nothing more than imparting her love of pugs onto her two grandchildren, Gianna and Andrew.

Danielle Perry


A Hudson Valley native, Danielle has been a proud pug mama since 2006. Upon looking into volunteer opportunities she started volunteering with Curly Tail Pug Rescue in 2012, doing transports, home visits, reference checks and writing online fundraisers. Close friendships and connections blossomed from that rescue and after it’s untimely demise (and during the birth of Pug Squad), Danielle also started volunteering for S.N.O.R.T. Rescue, fostering, transporting and doing home visits.

Her passion for rescue work has only grown over the past several years, though as she says, ‘Rescue fills our hearts, not our wallets.’ So by day, she is a large scale Property Manager, specializing in HUD housing programs and LIHTC compliance.

Unable to part with her 2nd foster baby, a former mill stud, 11y.o. Bella got sweet and spunky little Frenchie brother named TaterTot.

As a founding member and the transport coordinator of Pug Squad, Danielle is super excited to continue to the work we are so passionate about, the cause that brought us all together and bonded us as family in the first place, helping pugs in need!

Renee Klenert


Renee’s love of pugs started at the young age of 12 years old and she vowed that someday she would have a pug in her life. That dream came true in 2009, when she and her now-husband Stephen, began volunteering for a local NYC-based rescue. They quickly foster failed and adopted Pumpkin, the pug who started it all. The Klenert family subsequently welcomed many foster pugs into their home, a stop along the way in their journey to find forever families. Since then, Renee’s parents and sister witnessed the power of pug love firsthand and adopted two pugs and a puggle. Family gatherings have never been more fun!

She is currently the adoptive mom of two sweet and comical rescue pugs, Maple Bacon and Rosebud. When she is not supervising pug shenanigans, you can find Renee working on design projects, tackling new entrepreneurial ventures, or tinkering on DIY/craft ideas.

After volunteering as a foster mom for several years, Renee was thrilled to join Pug Squad and continue lending a hand to support pug rescues. This volunteer work has been an important part of her life for the last 13 years and served as the foundation for many close friendships. Renee feels extremely honored and excited to be joining Pug Squad’s Board of Directors and looks forward to working with an amazing group of volunteers to raise funds and awareness for pugs in need.

Marianne Angelini

In Memoriam

Raised in Brooklyn before moving to Staten Island, Marianne got bitten by the Pug Bug in 1994 when her first pug, a male named Bandit, made his way into her life and heart. Years later, a co-worker put her in touch with a local pug rescue, and she adopted pug, Tammy. Soon after, she began volunteering with the same rescue, playing a key role on the adoptions team by managing adoption inquiries, doing local home visits, and hosting adoptions. After Tammy passed away, she adopted Bentley, a loveable tank, followed by David Rose in July of 2021.

Marianne was an Executive Assistant at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell for decades and served as a Board member in the capacity of secretary for the condominium association where she lived.

As one of Pug Squad’s Co-Founders, Volunteer Coordinator, and a member of the Board of Directors, she was thrilled to have the opportunity to continue working with this amazing and talented group of people.

Marianne passed away on October 21, 2021 after nearly a year long battle with cancer.  In addition to Bentley and David, she leaves behind her loving daughter, Nikki, who volunteers with the Squad. Mare’s loss creates a huge hole in our family and we continue to love and miss her every day. Her contributions to Pug Rescue will never be forgotten.