Our Story


For Otis Sake was founded in honor of an amazing Chocolate Lab named Otis. In 2006, Otis was diagnosed with Mega-esophagus (aka ME).  While he survived 3.5 years post diagnosis, he still left us far too soon...  

Our mission is to rescue in his honor.

For Otis Sake Rescue Groups, Inc. rescues, rehabs and rehomes at-risk dogs that have been pulled from under-funded and overcrowded shelters and animal control facilities across the United States.  We are a foster-only organization with no facility. Donations and money raised through fundraising activities are used to cover veterinary care, medication, food, and training expenses for our rescued animals as we prepare them for their adoptive families. 

Since its inception in 2014, For Otis Sake has rescued and assisted in the adoption of almost 400 animals.  All of our dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and health issues are addressed prior to their adoption. While this may seem excessive, we do not want any animal to go to its forever home with known health issues that need to be resolved. We have funded amputations, dental extractions, spays/neuters, cancer treatments, emergency surgeries, training and much more. We do this because we believe each animal that reaches our rescue should be treated in the same loving manner that we treat our own. 

For Otis Sake Receives Helping People Award

On February 12th,  we were honored to receive the 2018 William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award. 

This award is presented by the Comptroller to the individuals and organizations in each county and Baltimore City best exemplifying William Donald Schaefer’s lifelong commitment to helping people. Winners are selected based on their demonstration of:

  • improving the community
  • swiftly solving a citizen problem through effective government intervention
  • directly aiding the most vulnerable in society or
  • creating a public/private partnership to improve the lives of Marylanders.

The Comptroller of Maryland, Peter Franchot, made the journey to Hagerstown and presented us with the award. We also received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from the office of David J. Trone.

We are so honored and humbled to be recognized for the “excellence, service and sacrifice” our amazing team has accomplished.

We would like to thank Comptroller Peter Franchot, Maureen O’Prey of the Comptroller’s office, Sarah Roth - representing David Trone and our local representatives and community leaders. Many thanks to The Washington County Chamber of Commerce for hosting the event. Special thanks to Nicole Steves Enos for her beautiful opening speech.

Read the full Herald-Mail Media article here... 

For Otis Sake Founder, Laurie Brewer, accepting the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award and speaking about Otis, her chocolate lab who lives on in the work our organization does. 

Into the Wild

 For Otis Sake Rescue has undergone many changes over the past few months to grow and expand our footprint in the rescue world. We have changed our operating model, restructured our board members to be more aligned with our vision and are offering smaller rescues seeking non-profit status to operate under the For Otis Sake Rescue umbrella. 

Our first rescue to join is a fellow volunteer and rescue advocate. Trisha Bair Horowitz and her cat rescue “Into the Wild” has become part of the For Otis Sake Family. She will maintain her own autonomy but will operate as a division of For Otis Sake. This allows her to continue to drive her passion for cat rescue while building her foster base, expanding her fundraising options while leveraging the solid rescue model we have established. 

Please welcome Trisha and “Into the Wild” cat rescue...  we wish her luck on her new adventure!

Who We Are

Laurie Brewer and dog

Laurie Brewer

Kelly Middleton

Kelly Middleton

Founder, President

Kelly Middleton and Hunter

Kelly Middleton

Kelly Middleton

Kelly Middleton

Co-Founder, Vice President

Jona French, husband and dogs

Jona French

Kelly Middleton

Jona French

Fundraising Director


Beth Martz

Kim Greenfield

Lois Richards

Adoption Coordinator

Lois Richards, surrounded by dogs

Lois Richards

Kim Greenfield

Lois Richards

Supply and Logistics Coordinator


Kim Greenfield

Kim Greenfield

Kim Greenfield

Volunteer Coordinator


Trisha Horowitz

Into the Wild Cat Rescue

The For Otis Sake Difference

  • All of our dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, health issues addressed/cleared and anything that needs to be cared for is done prior to adoption. 
  • We take the health and well-being of our rescues very seriously.  We have funded amputations, dental cleaning/extractions, spays/neuters, cancer treatments, training and much more.
  • We average between $2500 - $5000 per month in veterinary care, preventative treatments, special diets and whatever else is needed to keep our rescues happy and healthy. 
  • We have seen an marked increase in expenses due to increased rescues of senior dogs and special medical cases, 
  • Our Board of Directors and volunteers go above and beyond to assist us in our mission and donate personal funds and time while balancing full-time careers and family.