About and Contact

Neshama Animal Rescue is an all volunteer independent, 501 (c)(3) animal welfare and education organization. Our mission is to promote the rescue and adoption of companion animals, with a focus on senior and special needs pets. We believe every soul has intrinsic value and we seek to help communities see that value to create a kinder world. Our goals are to rescue animals from shelters, place them in loving foster homes, and adopt them out to forever homes, as well as strengthen our communities’ education, laws and regulations regarding animal overpopulation and care.

“Neshama” means “soul” in Hebrew - our goal is to do soulful work and save as many souls as possible.

Please consider making a donation to support our work

Neshama Animal Rescue is a tax-exempt North Carolina Non-Profit organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 84-3962686

Who We Are

Anne Teicher
Co-Founder and President

Anne's first word was "doggie" and she hasn't stopped obsessing over dogs ever since. Anne has been volunteering for animal rescues as a foster home and transporter for over 15 years, starting during her time at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Seeking to blend her love of animals and theology, she and her husband decided to form Neshama after the death of her beloved rescue companion Cairn Terrier, Ari. After years of seeing human owners surrender their senior or special needs animals, Anne and Zach decided to make this the focus of Neshama's rescue efforts.

Zach Teicher
Co-Founder and Secretary/Treasurer

Zach has been volunteering in the rescue community for over 10 years including fostering over 150 animals over the years with his wife Anne. When he isn't scooping litter or buying cat/dog food, Zach enjoys chilling out with their rescue menagerie. A Project Manager by trade, Zach is excited to help co-found Neshama and help rescue more animals in need.

Melody Ai Alexander
Board Member

Melody has been an animal lover for as long as she can remember, even writing her 5th grade English paper on the importance of animal adoption. She has also fostered 15+ cats/kittens, with her passion being kitten care. However, it wasn’t always this way- growing up she was a sworn dog person, with her usernames as “4everdoglover”. Melody is also an ER nurse who relates her nursing background to animal care. Her role with Neshama is overseeing foster home relationships and she handles supply and animal transport.

Contact Us


7800 Falls of Neuse Road, #98463

Raleigh, North Carolina 27615