The Team

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  • Jo
    Jo: Founder
  • Tammy: rescuer
  • Trish: rescuer


I have always loved animals and luckily my parents let me have numerous pets growing up. Also, as a young child I dreamed of someday becoming a veterinarian. I didn’t end up becoming a veterinarian but have nevertheless found my true calling in life with rescue.

When I moved to America from England, I was shocked to learn of so many high kill shelters and so much animal abuse. I began volunteering for several rescue groups/shelters and of course saved several dogs myself from various situations. I had a strong desire to learn more about dogs in general and dog behavioral issues so I interned for a year with Dave Frensley at K9 Psychology Center. This experience was invaluable as I learned so much about dog/human interactions. This knowledge helps me a great deal in assessing our rescues and finding the right homes for them.

I also began helping at our vet’s office and learned so much more about animal health from Dr. Harmon and Dee Earnhardt. I even assisted in some surgeries, which was very educational for me in animal biology. I can now assess some health issues and know what needs to be done.

My dream is to one day open a kennel that will help with my rescue efforts and also to offer boarding and training. I have finally found something I love to do and the rewards I get from the dogs are priceless.


I first got involved with rescues as a foster and loved it. Eventually I wanted more hands-on rescue experience so I joined forces with Jo. Over the last three years I have fostered over 200 dogs, meaning that over 200 lives were saved through my volunteer work. But really if you ask me I believe that the dogs actually rescue the people more often than not.


Growing up my family always took in homeless dogs, so I've always loved dogs. When I retired, I learned of the need for volunteers at Mount Juliet Animal Shelter. I met Jo through volunteering there. She shared her desire to start a rescue and I wanted to be a part of it, so upon formation of Dogingham Palace Rescue Jo appointed me as secretary. I also foster some of our rescues and aid in rescue transport. My passion is to find forever homes for senior dogs, and educate people about spaying and neutering their dogs.