Shelter Chic: A Foster-Based Rescue Group Run by Volunteers

Shelter Chic’s primary mission is to find forever homes for homeless dogs and cats in need. By promoting adoption in a fun, positive, and whimsical way, we reshape the despondent stigma surrounding animal rescue and homeless pets. Shelter Chic brings light to the fact that there are a wide variety of animals that end up in shelters – puppies, kittens, purebreds – at no fault of their own.

Shelter Chic focuses on commonly passed over animals, the traditional underdogs, including seniors, those with special needs, and the bully breeds, showing that they are in fact the top dogs.

Our adoptable animals are often seen strutting the streets of NYC in flowery collars, snazzy bowties, and sparkly tu-tus with heads held high and tails wagging. We aim to give our animals the best chance of finding their forever homes by educating the public about the importance of adoption and other issues relating to animal welfare in a warm, upbeat, and enjoyable way.

Shelter Chic is an equal opportunity rescue, welcoming all, promoting love, and encouraging spoiling our furry friends because, in the end, they’re the ones who rescue us.


Brittany Feldman

Executive Director,  Co-Founder

Brittany Feldman was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2007, she became a special education elementary school teacher in the NYC public school system. She received a dual Master’s Degree in General and Special Elementary Education in 2009.

Amanda Folk

Amanda Folk

Finance & Accounting Director,  Co-Founder

Amanda Folk was born and raised in a suburb of Detroit. She graduated from the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business in 2007 where she earned a Bachelors in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Accounting.

Nicola Dugdale

Nicola Dugdale

Administrative Director

Born and raised in England to a family of animal lovers, Nicola has never lived in a home without a pet, most of whom were adopted. Nicola always had cats growing up, along with rabbits, gerbils and goldfish, but was never allowed to have a dog.

Board of Directors

Evan Einstein, Brittany Feldman, Amanda Folk, Stephanie Liff, Catherine Riley, Gina Safdar, Erica Silver, & Adam Widener.