Who We Are

Our Founder

We dedicate our refreshed website to our founder, Marjorie (Margie) Simon.

Margie was the founder and president of the National Brussels Griffon Club, and she served as vice president of the AKC parent club, the American Brussels Griffon Association, for many years.

A life-long rescuer, Margie founded National Brussels Griffon Rescue in the mid-1990s. Her vision and timing were spot on.

Following the introduction of the delightful little Griff, Verdell, in the movie As Good as It Gets, which was released in late 1997, there was a very significant increase in the number of people thinking they wanted to own a Brussels Griffon. There was a flood of irresponsible breeders looking to make a fast buck and a good number of new owners who did not know anything about the breed other than it was ‘cute’.

Margie’s rescue efforts focused on keeping Brussels Griffons away from puppy mills, pet shops, commercial breeders -- and eventually shelters -- by educating buyers and bringing the problem to the attention of fanciers.

When National Brussels Griffon Rescue, Inc., became a separate entity and charitable organization in 2003, Margie served as its first president.

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National Brussels Griffon Rescue, Inc.

Volunteer Coordinators

Vicki O'Neill

For general assistance and for help in any area not listed above


(203) 219-4380

Volunteer Board Members

The following individuals are NBGR Board Members as of January 1, 2020:

Connie Lawrence


Vicki O’Neill

Vice President, Animal Services

(Responsible for Accounts Receivable)

Jaen Lawrence

Vice President, Operations

Kathy Robbins

(Responsible for Accounts Payable)

Neeve Kelly

Social Media Director

Jill Simon