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Jo: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.