Mike McCarthy

President & Founder
Rescue Express is an initiative of MGM Animal Foundation, a 501(c)3. Founder, Mike McCarthy, a retired software entrepreneur who has been working with rescue groups to save the lives of homeless animals for over 20 years, established his rescue transport nonprofit February 14, 2015. Rescue Express has transported and saved over 13,000 lives since then. Mr. McCarthy recently relocated headquarters of Rescue Express to Rancho Santa Fe, California from Eugene, Oregon, where buses leave every weekend, transporting up to 200 animals per trip, from overpopulated high-kill shelters, along the I-5 corridor as far north as Canada, in collaboration with 300 rescue groups who find the pets forever homes.

Madeleine Gere

Development Director

A native from Rancho Santa Fe, Madeleine is a business professional with expertise in non-profit fundraising, administration, capital campaigns, major gifts, annual funds, alumni, project management, volunteer management, marketing, sales, public relations, public speaking, grants, event coordination, planned gifts and budgets. More than twenty years in the service/sales industries focused on nurturing loyalty through comprehensive relationship building programs that positively contribute to the bottom-line.

Danielle J. Soto


Danielle began her business career managing Lou's Records of Encinitas, and then moving to Chicago to start up a renowned national music distribution and record label company. 25+ years in the music business skilled her with project planning/budgeting, production, marketing, sales, logistics and bookkeeping. As a native Southern Californian, she loves the outdoors, but most of all, she loves Dogs...compassionate and loving to all animals, but crazy about Dogs! Danielle volunteered her time fostering and rehabilitating rottweilers from Dawg Squad, a Los Angeles rescue group. She also completed a nationally certified course in Small Animal/Canine Acupressure from Ojai School of Massage in 2008. Sorry, no people acupressure, only Dogs.

Rescue Express
P.O. Box 7309
Rancho Santa Fe
CA 92067