Meet our Founders!
Dr. Amber Burton
Founder, Director of Veterinary and Rescue Operations
An Oklahoma native, Dr. Burton attended Oklahoma State University, playing for OSU’s collegiate horse Polo Team. In 2006, she was accepted into OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She was an active member of the graduate fraternity of Omega Tau Sigma, and participated in community service activities centered on volunteering and remodeling local animal shelters and humane societies.
After receiving her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2010, she pursued a Shelter Medicine & Surgery Internship at OSU. During the internship, she worked as a shelter veterinarian at the City of Tulsa Animal Welfare, becoming an expert with animal husbandry, infectious disease control, population medicine, and animal cruelty & forensic investigations. She also was involved with teaching Junior Surgery Programs at both Oklahoma State University & the University of Florida.
It was during this internship that Dr. Burton recognized the severe national pet overpopulation and euthanasia crisis, and the desperate need for action. To help reduce unnecessary euthanasia and control animal overpopulation, Dr. Burton became a Shelter Medicine & Surgery Resident for Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. There, she traveled with her team of Veterinary students throughout the state of Mississippi teaching & performing high volume sterilization procedures with partnering local animal shelters.
After completion of her Residency, Dr. Burton relocated to the DC-Maryland-Virginia area to pursue opportunities in animal rescue. Now, she has partnered once again with animal shelters in Mississippi to help end the euthanasia crisis of adoptable puppies and kittens by starting a Northern Virginia based rescue transport organization, Wolf Trap Animal Rescue.
In order to facilitate transport, fostering, and other rescue efforts, Dr. Burton co-founded the Wolf Trap Animal Rescue with the help of coworker and friend, Jesse Marsh. The Wolf Trap Animal Rescue works to connect a collective, passionate team of animal rescue activists and volunteers with the mission to rescue, transport, and find homes for puppies and kittens at risk of disease and unnecessary euthanasia.
Founder, Director of Finance
A motivated and enthusiastic individual, Jesse has over two decades of professional experience, a good portion of which, he has dedicated to the animal rescue industry. In 2015, Jesse co-founded ‘Wolf Trap Animal Rescue’ where he acts as the Director of Finance, allowing him to marry his passion for helping animals together with his interest and qualifications in finance and accounting. Here, Jesse has overall responsibility for accounting and finance, including hiring and payroll, inventory such as ordering and receiving and also establishing and maintaining a non-profit status. In addition to this, Jesse assists in completing animal health checks and providing treatment, while also playing an integral role in coordinating events, such as animal transports, adoption events and special events. Dedicated to the organization he co-founded, Jesse is excited to play an instrumental role in the successful future of the non-profit, in turn providing more help to animals who need it.
Graduating magna cum laude in accounting, minoring in computer security, Jesse grasped a solid education before beginning his career. His professional experience started in Baltimore, where he worked as a kitchen manager and was responsible for employee scheduling, managing upwards of 40 employees, inventory and product orders, among other duties. He went onto secure the role of warehouse manager/ bookkeeper for a local family owned distribution company, a position he held for six years. Duties here included all accounting functions,weekly and end-of-month inventory, in addition to maintaining the inventory system. When his father was diagnosed with heart failure and placed on the heart transplant list, Jesse left his life in Baltimore to move to Southern Maryland, to assist his family. It was here that Jesse was first exposed to the animal rescue industry and it was here he discovered his passion. It was also here where he was introduced to Dr. Amber Burton. Always having been a caring person, Jesse loved animals and relished the opportunity to work as a veterinary assistant and bookkeeper. Here, with the tutelage of Dr. Burton, he was directly involved in diagnosing and treating animals, administering vaccinations and ensuring accurate health records. He also assisted Dr. Burton in surgical operations, conducting post-surgery vitals, observations and assessments. He was also responsible for performing all accounting functions including payroll, AR/AP, bi-weekly P&L’s, reconciliations and journal entries for the rescue operations, as well as, the two wellness clinics. Engaging in this role for over three years, Jesse decided to team up with Dr. Burton to take the next step and establish their own, non-profit organization, leading to the birth of ‘Wolf Trap Animal Rescue’.
So strong is his desire to care for abandoned, injured and poorly shelter animals that Jesse has taken the role of primary rescue driver to collect rescued animals from Mississippi. This involves an all-night drive, meeting in Knoxville, TN to meet shelter transport teams from Mississippi and then deliver the animals to Tysons Corner, VA. He is dedicated and passionate, moreover, he strives to succeed and has a proven track record of success to demonstrate his ability to excel. With his drive, Jesse is eager to enhance this non-profit organization in both size and capabilities, providing more care and rescue to a higher volume of animals.