Founder & Executive Director
Nicole Simone started volunteering in 2006 as the only special needs rescue coordinator for a local municipal pound in Aurora, Ontario. In her time there, Simone was exposed to challenges facing homeless dogs and the people who rescue them. In her first two years, Simone visited the shelter almost every day and helped send 200 dogs to homes or rescue. Through “Unchain Ontario’s Dogs”, Simone advocated local towns to adopt anti-tethering bylaws and educated the community about local animal abuse.
In 2013, Simone started the critically acclaimed photo series Redemption Dogs. Simone met and photographed over 1000 people and rescue dogs from Toronto, Montreal, and New York City, interviewing them on the impact rescue dogs have on human life.
In August 2017, Simone unexpectedly found herself receiving distress calls from dog rescues in Houston, Texas. On September 1, 2017 Simone founded Redemption Paws.
Simone has a special interest in dogs living with medical or physical impairments, senior animals, as well as a special fondness for Australian Cattle Dogs.
Outside of Redemption Paws, Simone is an accomplished singer-songwriter performing under the name Late July. She holds her BA in Sociology and diploma in Liberal Arts.
Simone grew up between California and Ontario. She enjoys record collecting and old movies. She lives in Toronto with her two rescue dogs Indie and Irwin.
Foster and Transport Manager
Angela has always loved animals. She has been volunteering at local animal shelters since Grade 9, graduated from the animal care program at Sheridan college, and is an animal rights activist. She started volunteering with Redemption Paws in November of 2017. She was hooked after her first long haul trip to Texas.
Angela lives in Owen Sound with her husband and their many dogs and 2 cats. She has a soft spot for the senior and disabled pets that no one else wants. She works as a quality improvement advisor. In her spare time, she enjoys jogging, going to concerts, baking and hanging out with her dogs.
Jordyn has had a special love for dogs ever since she can remember. She spent her birthdays as a young child asking for collars, leashes, bowls, and food as gifts all for a dog that did not exist, just so she could be prepared for whenever that day did come. In 2005, Jordyn met her dog and current BFF, Tucker. In the summer of 2018, Jordyn felt it was time to open their home to other dogs in need. After a long chat with Tucker, she was able to get him on-board, and Jordyn and her family became members of the Redemption Paws community as fosters. Three months later, Jordyn joined the RP management team as the Vetting Manager, while continuing to foster.
Jordyn lives in Toronto, and is a Human Resources Professional at NexJ Systems. Outside of HR and RP, Jordyn loves cheering on the Toronto Maple Leafs and going to concerts. Oh, and Tucker wanted to add that he loves every RP pup (almost) as much as we do!
Heidi grew up in an animal loving environment, having lived with dogs and cats since she was little. In middle school she would volunteer with her mom at a senior rescue in her area, which lead to convincing her family to foster cats and dogs while she was in high school. Through college she was unable to have a pet, so she often spent weekends helping out at local shelters.
Originally from the United States, she moved to Toronto in September 2018, to live with her partner whom she met at grad school in Canada. They quickly adopted 2 senior cats, and started looking for foster organizations to help out with. She joined Redemption Paws as a foster in November 2018, and joined the team as our Supplies Manager in December 2018.
Outside of Redemption Paws, Heidi spends her time exploring the food scene in Toronto, traveling, and cuddling with her cats.
Robin Levinson King
Robin used to beg her parents for a dog growing up, but it wasn’t until she was 27 that she finally got to have one of her own. Loving Mia taught her a lot about the challenges that many rescues face, and when Mia died in October 2018 of cancer, Robin decided she wanted to do more to improve the lives of animals.
She joined Redemption Paws in January 2019 as a Foster Coordinator, and took in her first foster that same month.
Robin has been a journalist in Toronto for several years, and her work has been published by the BBC, the Toronto Star and Flare Magazine. She always loves a good animal story, so long as there is a happy ending.
Having always been a lover of animals big and small, Lindsay began volunteering with Redemption Paws in June 2018. After a successful first foster, she foster failed her second dog. Wanting to continue to volunteer while her new family member settle in, Lindsay joined the foster team. In the past, she has worked with a variety of animals, from horses to goats and almost everything in between.
By day, Lindsay works as a French Immersion teacher at the TDSB. She is also an avid horseback rider, passionate Toronto sports fan and an amateur baker. Lindsay lives in Toronto with her partner and RP alum Huey. Huey is looking forward to being a foster brother in the future as well!
Adoptions Team Lead
Growing up Liane spent majority of her weekends on her family farm in Pickering taking care of a variety of different animals, however she has always had a love for dogs! In the summer of 2018 Liane started volunteering for Redemption Paws and attended the August intake, this made her want to get more involved and shortly after she joined the adoptions team.
Liane lives in Richmond Hill with her dog, Bailey and works full time as an event planner and certified wedding planner. When she is not planning events Liane enjoying doing friends and families names as a certified nail technician as well as watching any Toronto sport!
She can not wait to add an RP dog to her home one day in the near future!
Whether it is working as a photographer, being a mom and dog owner, or volunteering, Jing is usually surrounded by either dogs or kids. Jing has volunteered with Redemption Paws since it was founded in 2017, when just taking a few photos for adoption profiles grew into producing the first RP fundraising calendar. She has stepped in to coordinate anything from the arrival days, fundraising events, producing the volunteer manual or helping with data management.
Jing has volunteered with many non-profit organizations including the University of Toronto T-Holders’ Association (for Varsity Blues alum), YMCA, Girl Guides of Canada, COBA Collective of Black Artists, and her daughters’ co-op nursery school.
Jing lives in Toronto with her husband, two daughters, two cats (Mia and Darius), and two dogs (Six and Kash). All the pets, including their first dog Kafrey (RIP), were adopted from a shelter or rescue, and happen to be black and white in colouring.