Rachel’s mom, Jennifer, said Rachel first started volunteering at Finding Great Homes Rescue earlier this summer.
“She wants to eventually be a veterinarian,” she remarked.
Rachel explained that she volunteers at the rescue once or twice a week.
“When I am there I walk dogs, wash them, and play with them,” she said, noting that she hopes to be able to continue volunteering on the weekends after school starts.
Jennifer said they already have a dog, a six-year-old schnoodle named Olive, but their family had been thinking about getting another dog for a while.
“We thought Rachel was ready to take on that responsibility as the main caregiver of the dog,” she said, noting they weren’t looking for another schnoodle in particular, but that is the type of dog they fell in love with. “With our first dog, we had done a lot of research and found that schnoodles were good family dogs, which you want when you have young children. They don’t shed; they’re good with children; and they’re intelligent. They’re just all around good dogs.”
Jennifer has three children, including Rachel, and two sons, Nicholas, 17, and Jacob, 10.
Rachel said she actually wanted a large adult female dog because she didn’t want to have to train a puppy.
“When I saw Elvis, he was just so cute,” she stated.
Jennifer said they also wanted to make sure Olive would get along with the new dog.
“We brought our older dog to the rescue to see if they would get along and she was afraid of some of the bigger dogs, but was indifferent to Elvis because he was small and didn’t pose a threat,” she explained.
Jennifer and Rachel said Elvis was lucky having been brought to the rescue as a puppy.
“We got there about an hour after he arrived, but it took us a few days to decide if he was the right fit for our family,” Jennifer explained. “Elvis has been home for a couple of weeks with us.”
Jennifer said with Olive they had a little bit of trouble going through housetraining, so they decided to send Elvis to a trainer for housetraining, basic obedience and how to walk on a leash.
Rachel noted that he is a very well tempered dog, just like Olive.
“He’s really gentle for a puppy and doesn’t bite. He’s cute and he’s funny. He learns fast and has already learned some tricks,” she said.
“I like that he is already blending well with our family,” added Jennifer.
Jennifer and Rachel both agreed they were glad they adopted a dog from Finding Great Homes Rescue.
“I feel that they are a lot more hands on with the dogs than at a regular animal shelter,” Rachel noted from experience.
“It’s very clean and the dogs get a lot of room and playtime outside,” Jennifer added. “The owner keeps the dogs, the cages and the yard very clean and the dogs seem to be socialized very well.”
Robin Manly, owner of Finding Great Homes Rescue, said starting the rescue wasn’t intentional.
“We opened in July of 2009, but we never really decided to open one,” she said, noting that they started out by searching for homes for 40 Jack Russell Terriers, all of which she found homes for. “People still wanted dogs when we ran out, so I started looking at a shelter for Jack Russell Terriers that needed to be rescued for people to adopt.”
Eventually, Manly branched out and began rescuing all types of dogs, though she often looks for those that are easy tempered and great for families with children.
“I still rescue Jack Russell Terriers, but not everyone can take care of them, so over the years I started taking on more and more breeds and learning about them so I am knowledgeable about them.”
Manly noted that she is licensed and inspected by the state for 25 dogs, and is glad she didn’t opt to be licensed for more.
“It’s easier to take care of 25, but it gets crazy if you take on many more than that. It seems 25 is the tipping point,” she said, adding that she lives on the premises with the dogs. “Because I live at the facility, I really know the dogs and because I am an executive recruiter that hires people for Fortune 500 companies, I am good at matching people and families with a dog that fits them really well.”
Since she opened in 2009, Manly said she has rescued 4,200 dogs.
For more information about Finding Great Homes Rescue, call 336-414-1373, send an email to Robin@insightrecruiters.com or visit www.petfinder.com/shelters/NC660.html