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Meet Our Team

Meet our incredible and passionate team members who help

Cavalier Rescue of Florida make a difference in the world of people and dogs.

"Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much"

- Helen Keller

Tracy Baker
Executive Director / President of the Board

Starting as a volunteer, fostering dozens of cavaliers over the past eight years. Tracy is now Executive Director/President, working hand-in-hand with our all-volunteer team covering Florida, all of whom jump in at a moment’s notice to rescue cavies, transport them to medical care, provide foster rehabilitation and most of all, ushering them to safety and love.  “Nothing is perfect, but we lovingly treat all the pups as if they are our own, safety is key,” says Baker.


CRF has thrived under Tracy’s watchful eye. There are more thorough background checks; greater medical care and rehabilitation; more effective communication through social media, website, email campaigns; and, very earnest fundraising efforts. 

Her greatest reward is seeing the transformation of the Cavies from intake to their fur-ever homes. Safe from previous precarious situations and welcomed with love and medical attention, the rescued pups are transformed into happier and healthier dogs.


Contact  Tracy at

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Charlene Gibson
Adoptions Placement C
oordinator/ Vice President

Charlene and her husband, Jim, rescued their first Cavalier-mix, “Fergus Finn” from a high-kill shelter in Tampa, and her second Cavie, Clancy O’Doul was adopted from Cavalier Rescue of Florida. With CRF since 2015, Charlene started as a dedicated volunteer performing home visits, and ultimately Charlene was tasked as the Adoption Placement Coordinator (aka “dream maker”) overseeing all the pups finding their forever homes.


In 2018, Charlene was named Vice President of Cavalier Rescue of Florida, also retaining her role as Adoption Placement Coordinator.


She and her husband are paw-rents to Stella Annie, Fergus Finn, Sophia Loren and she is pictured here with Hannah Love Gibson, a CRF alumni and former puppy mill momma. 

Linda Blumenhagen
Intake Coordinator / Secretary

Linda has been part of Cavalier Rescue of Florida for almost 15 years, beginning as a foster parent and now as the Intake Coordinator. Linda organizes the logistics for all pups arriving to  Rescue from rehomed situations, breeders, hoarding, or otherwise; she is the first step in setting them on their way to happier and healthier futures. Linda has lovingly welcomed more than 30 rescue pups into her home and finds that her foster care is the most rewarding and fulfilling volunteer work. 


Presently, Linda has a senior Tri-color, Black and Tan /English Toy Spaniel and newly adopted Black and Tan, Reba as part of her family. She also serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for CRF.


To surrender a Cavalier, contact our Intake Coordinator at


please call or text 1-386-237-8440 for more details.

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Eileen Campbell
Foster Coordinator / Treasurer

For over 25 years, Eileen has been volunteering as a foster to non-breed specific rescues pups for the local shelter. In 2007, she and her husband fell in love with the Cavalier breed and adopted their first Blenheim, beautiful Bella.


They discovered Cavalier Rescue of Florida in 2017 and jumped right in to help cavaliers in need and now volunteer as  fosters, caring for and rehabilitating newly rescued cavaliers. 


As Eileen's commitment grew over time, she was elevated to Foster Coordinator overseeing all foster families and programming, a very rewarding and heartfelt endeavor. In 2022, Eileen accepted the duties of handling CRF’s finances as Treasurer and became a Board Member. 


She is pictured here with her First and Forever Cavalier Love, Bella.

Shelley Renaud
Placement Team / Board Member

Shelley fell in love with Cavaliers after the adoption of her first pup, Melody in 2009. Melody was an 11-year old puppy mill momma who had multiple litters of puppies before she was relinquished to Lucky Star Cavalier Rescue; that fateful surrender saved this pup’s life.


In 2013, Shelly learned about CRF and volunteered to foster newly rescued pups. Hailey was her first foster, a terrified puppy mill survivor, who thrived under Shelley’s care--Hailey was a foster failure! Now age ten, Hailey never leaves Shelley's side. 


Shelley volunteers in a variety of roles for CRF: a dedicated foster and is part of the passionate Placement Team securing fur-ever homes for these sweet pups. She lives in Central Florida with her partner, Ann, and her rescue pups Hailey, Jagger, Kasey and Benji. 


Christine DiRocco
Newsletter Editor / Communications

Christine’s passion is sharing the personalities, progress and pup-dates of these sweet cavaliers and their adventures. Since 2020, she has volunteered as the enthusiastic newsletter editor sharing all the stories and cavalier love in our entertaining quarterly newsletter. In addition, Christine handles our communication efforts and creative projects: email campaigns, social media, website redesign and the 2023 annual calendar.

In 2018, Christine adopted her sweet Ivy, a former puppy mill momma and CRF alumna, saved with the My Ticket Home fund. Together with her Blenheim-sibling Mia, they make regular guest appearances in the newsletter and more!

For newsletter ideas, social media posts and photo submissions, please email  CRF will try to include your ideas and suggestions in our communications about your cutie-pie cavaliers. To receive the newsletter, please subscribe below.

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