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.


Shannon Stewart

Director of Operations

Shannon has been working with animals all her life, grew up on a ranch in the San Pasqual Valley, has a background in Animal Search & Rescue with SD Humane Society, Technical and Swift-Water Search & Rescue with CODE 3 & Associates, and is a Rescue Animal Field Investigator with the ASPCA.

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