We save lives of seniors and dogs with medical needs

The Founders

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Janine Amity Ackerman, Co-Founder and President Matthew Ackerman, Co-Founder and Advisor

Janine and Matt co-founded Pibbles and Fam Bam in 2017 and bring over15 years of experience rescuing herding and pit bull type dogs who were unwanted seniors, had medical needs, and ones who were abused and neglected.  They gained most of their experience from personally rescuing 11 dogs from kill shelters or rescues.  They rehabilitated many of their own pack members by partnering with local trainers and rescues, learning first hand how to re-train dogs how to trust again. They both regularly visit with other rescues and shelters to continue networking, learning and growing their understanding of the needs across the animal community.


Janine and Matt currently have six rescues of their own; Niko, Sydney, Cadey, Daisy, Maxwell, and Gracie, ages 3-15. In their day jobs, Janine works as a Risk Manager for an accounting firm, while Matt owns and manages a successful window covering business. They are both very thankful they can continue to help save dogs by creating this organization and sharing their love and compassion with the animal community. 

Board Members

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Suzie Eyrch - Treasurer and Finance Advisor

Alana Hankins - Board Member

Stephanie Rutherford - Board Member

Jessica Venable, DVM - Secretary and Medical Advisor

Advisors & Volunteers

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Rachel Brashears

Kay Martin

Santiago Candia

Aimee Rogers

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