Our Founders - Mark and Linda Greenberg


Mark and Linda Greenberg started their animal rescue efforts in typical fashion, picking up stray dogs and cats from the street. There was Triboro, a German Shepherd found running along the Triboro Bridge, Yankee the cat found outside Yankee Stadium, and Eggy, rescued from a garbage can outside the back door of a Chinese restaurant. And the pack continued to grow...


As the years passed, the Greenberg house became more and more crowded with rescued animals. After rescuing Simon, a German Shepard in desperate need of love and care, Mark and Linda decided to take their animal rescue endeavors to the next level. They purchased a larger house with a bigger yard, to accommodate their animals, and founded The Simon Foundation, Inc. It was a bare-bones operation in the early days. Mark and Linda posted photos and bios of the animals on Petfinder and then personally delivered every dog to their new forever home. 

The foundation continued to grow as their home reached capacity, so they began searching for a piece of land that could accommodate the world-class rescue facility they had been dreaming of. After a two year search and months of planning,and hard work their dreams were finally realized with the opening of the Bloomfield facility. Animals who would have otherwise been abandoned, neglected, abused, or euthanized through no fault of their own, could now find new, loving, forever homes, or live out their lives in the comfort and care of The Simon Foundation, Inc.


Mark and Linda continue to be the driving force behind The Simon Foundation, Inc. Animal Rescue and Adoption Center.

Our Staff 

Lisa Agresti - Executive Director /



























Lisa Agresti graduated from the University of Hartford with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts.  Lisa has over 30 years of combined start up, retail and business management, human resources, project management and animal husbandry.  All of her endeavors have been focused on living creatively and promoting animal welfare through compassion and public awareness.  Lisa has been with The Simon Foundation since the first day the moved into the new Bloomfield facility in several different roles.  She is committed to ensuring that The Simon Foundation is ever growing and continues to provide the homeless pet with a safe and loving place to have that second chance.


Lisa spends her down time, usually with camera in hand, taking hikes in the woods, or on the beach, enjoying quiet time with her dogs Penelope the Frenchie and Georgia a 70 pound Pitbull, her horse Slick, and of course her family.

Jane Zuckerman- Receptionist/ Feline Adoption Coordinator


Jane began her work with animals as a volunteer foster parent for the Friends of Berlin Animal Control in 2008.  She then began to foster kittens with the Connecticut Humane Society in Newington, CT from 2010-2015 and received the Foster Parent of the Year Award in 2014.  Since 2008, Jane has fostered hundreds of kittens, often taking the ones most in need of human acclimation and continues to do so through The Simon Foundation.  Jane spends her days at processing adoption applications, coordinating meet and greets with animals and their potential human families, and maintaining the feline facilities.

Jane enjoys traveling and spending time at the family beach house in Maine.

120 Rescue Lane, Bloomfield, CT  06002 / Phone: (860) 519-1516 / Fax: (860) 216-5637 /

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