Britney is the Founder and Executive Director of BDAR. She brings 15 years of experience in the animal welfare industry, including work with wildlife rehabilitation and sanctuaries, high volume spay and neuter programs, and dog behavior modification and training.

Britney received a Masters of Nonprofit Management degree in 2017 and a B.S. degree in Animal Science and Zoology and Physiology from the University of Wyoming in 2004. 

Britney is an executive member of The Society of Animal Welfare Administrators and has contributed to that organization's widely-read blog. She is published in The Humane Society of the United State's Animal Sheltering magazine and  is a contributor to the HSUS's Rescue Groups Best Practices Guide.  In 2016, Britney was a featured speaker at TEDx Cheyenne. Her talk, "No-Kill: A phrase that inspired change yet continues to divide"  has been widely shared throughout the animal welfare industry and has been converted to a live presentation for animal welfare conference attendees. Britney is available as a presenter for both animal welfare and nonprofit sector conferences and workshops.

Britney is the 2017-2018 Chair of Leadership Cheyenne and serves on the Board of Directors for the Wyoming Nonprofit Network.  She was recognized by the Wyoming Business Report as the Woman of Influence in the nonprofit sector in 2017.

In her spare time, Britney enjoys spending time with her husband Johnny, son Cameron, and their four dogs and 3 cats. The organization is named for Britney's dog Kajsa, who passed away in May, 2016 and whose likeness appears in the logo. Britney credits CrossFit, bike riding, and reading for helping maintain her sanity.



Emilee is a fourth generation Cheyenne-ite and loves living in the city with her husband, dogs and cat. When weather permits she takes advantage of what Wyoming has to offer and enjoys camping, fishing and hiking. 

Emilee has been with BDAR since 2011. First as a board member, then as a heavily involved volunteer and foster parent, and finally as the Director of Operations when she was offered the position in 2014. She could not pass up the opportunity to take a job doing what she loves for an organization she believes in so much. 

Emilee has seen BDAR grow from a tiny dream to the largest private animal rescue in the state. She is proud of all the organization has accomplished in a relatively short period of time, and can't wait to see it continue to grow and help more people and their pets in her community. Her hope for BDAR is that  one day soon they will be able to build their own onsite clinic and offer low cost spay and neuter surgeries, and low cost minor medical services to the people of Cheyenne and its surrounding areas. 


Maddi Haak

Maddi is a people person who enjoys communicating and connecting with people and aims to uses her skills to coordinate the people who help BDAR run - the volunteers – as the Volunteer Coordinator. She was born and raised in Cheyenne and considers Wyoming her home. Growing up, Maddi always wanted to be a vet but did not know if she could handle the pain and suffering of the animals. Now being a part of BDAR, Maddi feels she can still give back to the animals that have taught and shown her so much love.

Maddi attended the University of Wyoming for a Bachelors and Masters in Communication. In her college years, she was interested and participated in athletics videography and volunteered for BDAR in the summers. She realized she missed being around animals and being part of the BDAR family and what BDAR strives to be. She was very happy to have the opportunity to return to BDAR as a full time employee. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with family, and spending time with her family’s dog, Joey, and her dog, Roo, both BDAR alums.

Board of Directors

Lee Dickinson
Karen Fate
Tony O’Brien
Layna Officer
Megan Smith
Serenity Moffett
Erin Benskin
Meredith Bickell
Linda Finnerty