Who We Are
The Malinois Rescue League was founded in 2019 by a group of individuals from around the globe dedicated to the breed who have a fierce passion for protecting all animals from abuse, harm and neglect.
Inspired by the amazing story of Angel, a Belgian Malinois rescued in China from a dog meat truck with horrific facial injuries, who was adopted by Hollie Cornes, the MRL began as a goal to save one Mal named Junzi. Hollie posted the rescue of Junzi on social media wherein this poor Mal was being hoisted by his neck into a weighing crate by the dog butcher. Plush Bear’s Shelter was at the slaughter house that day and had agreed to save Junzi as well as many other pups.
The rescue of Junzi was viewed by 1000s of people, including Aloha McBride, who had recently contacted Hollie to understand more about the Angel’s history and the dog meat trade in China.
Having Mals herself for many years, Aloha was compelled to reach out to Plush Bear’s to sponsor Junzi’s care and eventual placement in a new home in the USA. That was on Oct 7, 2018. Fast forward 13 going on soon to be hundreds of Mals later the MRL focuses on rehabilitating and rehoming Mals in harm’s way throughout many countries.
Committed to the Cause
Since our founding in 2019, Malinois Rescue League has developed and grown in a positive direction. We’re very proud of the diversity of our team, and their abilities to contribute their own unique experience and skills to our rescue mission.
Founder of Malinois Rescue League, Aloha first stumbled across Junzi; a meat trade survivor through social media. With a strong passion for the breed and having owned malinois for over 20 years herself, Aloha made it her business to see that Junzi was rescued, and has since made numerous trips to China in order to see the safe rescue and placement of the malinois we save. Aloha has two malinois of her own to keep her sane (or crazy) in her household. Kala, one of our meat trade survivors, and Enzo keep her on her toes!
Co-founder of the rescue, Natasha fell in love with the malinois breed when her friend/ex-military dog trainer convinced her that she needed a malinois, and crushed her life long dream of having a German Shepherd. She found out about the Dog Meat Trade in China after being contacted by a young boy in China asking her if she could help. Before she knew it she was on a plane to China with a stranger (Aloha), and returned with several malinois. Natasha and Lemmy (her mali) studied at Michael Ellis School for Dog trainers and take an active role in rehabilitating our dogs and supporting our head trainer Kim.
Heading up the social media for the rescue, Vee and her malinois Mishka fostered a great bond together and her love for Mishka grew into a love for the breed. Through reading more about the breed and certain social media accounts (@wonkynosedwonderdog @helpbanyulin & @chimay_chouchou), Vee came across the horrific truth about their involvement in the meat trade. And after speaking with Aloha, knew she wanted to be involved with Malinois Rescue League as much as possible including eventually adopting. Vee lives with her tribe of pups; Makana, Mishka and recently adopted from Malinois Rescue League, Jenko.
Tessa's love for the malinois came from her dad who reminded her to give back as the dogs give us so much. A dog trainer at The Canine Coach, Tessa is also a St Paul Dog Training Board Member, and holds weekly classes for aggression rehabilitation for dogs dangerous within her city. Tessa has two malinois of her own, a daughter who has self-trained her border collie and excels in agility, and still manages to find time fostering pups for us, coaching our foster and adopting families, and takes an active role in helping MRL continue to improve in how we operate. In her free time you can find Tessa hiking or relaxing with friends.
Audra McBride assists in Cali-based Logistics & International travel. She became involved in our first few trips to China through her sister Aloha. Being an animal lover, Audra was shocked to learn of the horrors happening to these dogs and was the first person to put her hand up and volunteer for more. When Audra isn’t busy helping MRL you can find her at the beach, playing board games with her kids, or being kept busy by her golden, Tucker, who works hard to create uber cute videos of himself to share with the world!
Allie joined the MRL team in 2022. She got her first Malinois, Maiko, in 2019 and immediately fell in love with the Malinois lifestyle. She then adopted Cairo, formerly known as Frankie, from MRL in 2021 and quickly learned that two Mals are better than one! Maiko and Cairo are now inseparable and live with a senior terrier named Ruffian, who is the matriarch of the pack. When she’s not volunteering with MRL, Allie and her husband enjoy traveling with the dogs and keeping the Mals active in various dog sports.
I’m Shelby. I’ve been a dog lover since day one. I was raised with boxers and for the last 5 years my family has been involved in rescue. My family’s boxer is what started my love of training. She loved to do fun tricks and was eager to please. When my sister fostered German shepherds, I also loved to work with them before they found their forever homes. And now, I’ve found my passion for training Malinois as they are so fun to train and so eager to work. I also enjoy helping fosters and others learn about the dog they’re living with so that these dogs can go on to live big lives in their forever homes.
Steph has lots of experience with Shepherds as her family used to breed purebreds and bring them to the US from Germany where they are from, but she didn’t know much about Mals until the last few years. Wanting to give back to her local Police and first responders, she painted portraits of her area Police K9’s to donate to their handlers. In presenting the K9 portraits, she was introduced to multiple Malinois and fell in love with the breed. In looking more into Mals, she found MRL and has become a part of the social media team where she loves promoting and helping the dogs at MRL. She’s house hunting and will be able to adopt her first Mal as soon as she has a house and yard!