OCDRT Board of Directors

President – JT Thompson
Vice President – Diane Thompson
Secretary – Diane Thompson
Treasurer – Corene Kandel
Chairman of the Board – Corene Kandel


Corene Kandel

Ohio Cattle Dog Rescue Team founder, Corene Kandel, has been active in Australian Cattle Dog rescue since 2003.   She and her family have rescued and rehabilitated many ACDs, including several who are deaf, at the primary foster home of OCDRT, located in Creston, Ohio.  Corene grew up working on horse farms and her professional background includes Quarter horse training.  She is the current City of Rittman Animal Control Officer and is also a small business owner in Rittman, Ohio.  Corene’s achievements include successful completion of the Humane Agent Training Course.  She received the Jack Russell Memorial for Outstanding Rescuer of the Year award in October of 2012 and the “Put Your Best Foot Forward” customer service grant awarded by maggiesfund.org and the Petfinder.com Foundation.

Corene’s first ACD rescue was Blink, a beautiful red girl.  Sadly, at the age of 13, Blink succumbed to lymphoma and passed over the Rainbow Bridge in April of 2014.  Blink’s love and devotion to Corene and her family is what drives her to give so much of her time and energy towards rescuing and rehabilitating ACDs in need.  Corene’s current ACD Mason, who is deaf, is the official greeter, observer and interaction resource when new rescues arrive at the “Creston Corral” as her home is fondly referred to.  The Corral is a dog’s dream, with over an acre of fenced in grassy play area, complete with indoor/outdoor kennels, dog pool and numerous toys as well as her daughter Alexis’s pool and trampoline.   Alexis plays a very integral role in the training and behavior modification that goes on at the Corral.  She maintains a very active lifestyle as a state-ranked tumbler and her activities and teenage lifestyle provide Corene with a built-in resource when training dogs on movement behavior modification.

JT and Diane Thompson

JT and Diane Thompson live in Columbus, Ohio and they are honored to be affiliated with the Ohio Cattle Dog Rescue Team! Together they bring over 30 years of experience in the pet industry. JT worked his way up to a National Sales Manager for one of the then largest distributors, and Diane was a District Manager for an internationally known dog & cat food manufacturing company. Both were involved with various rescue organizations, and still are! They currently own their own business, JT Services Lawn Care, LLC, and have been in business since 2003. JT’s background and degree is in Business from UNC Charlotte, and Diane is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has been in sales for, well, let’s just say a lot of years! They currently have 2 ACD’s, Taz and Rio, plus a third rescue Shepherd mix, and a very large cat that rules the roost. Their love and understanding of the Australian Cattle Dog breed lured them into doing transports and assisting with new dog and puppy foster group introductions. Diane is currently serving as Vice President of the Ohio Cattle Dog Rescue Team and Event Coordinator with six area team members and their local volunteers.