Karen Valenstein Ford retired from Wall Street investment banking and moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1989 to indulge her love of skiing. After skiing at least 75 days a year for 23 years, she and her husband Glenn retired (again) to Scottsdale, Arizona.
Having grown up in a dog-less family in NYC, she purchased her first dog, a Jack Russell Terrier. There followed another Jack Russell and finally Turbo who came from Jack Russell Rescue. Rescue was an unknown concept to this dog-neophyte. What followed was a procession of rescue dogs, dogs of friends, family and neighbors hanging out at her Fish Creek Road home in Wilson, WY. Neighbors’ dogs would avail themselves of two always open dog doors for a snack or just to hang out with the 3 residents.
In Scottsdale, her home is still a haven for visiting dogs of friends and family to keep Jasper, a Jack Russell mix, company. She lives in a golf community which has a large dog park, populated by mostly rescued dogs. Her friends and family feel equally as strongly in the concept of rescue.
In her previous New York life she was involved in non profit fundraising for such diverse charities as Big Brothers and Big Sisters, The Big Apple Circus and The U.S. Ski Team, to name a few. She hopes to use her talent for separating people from their money to benefit DIMC’s rescue operations.