If you have ever known the love of a dog, then you understand why I created Rescue Dog Home. These are the stories of the dogs that I know and love and lessons learned at my local municipal animal services, Alachua County Animal Services and rescues like the Humane Society of North Central Florida. Some stories are happy, some are sad, but all paint a picture of homeless dogs and the volunteers trying to save them.

Dog day outs are one of my favorite ways to volunteer

I created this site as a resource for anyone who wants to get involved with shelter dogs. Whether you want to volunteer from home by creating enrichment toys or marketing material, play with dogs at the shelter, work with at-risk dogs, foster, or adopt, these pages can help.

I’ve been deeply passionate about dogs for over a decade. My fiance and I fostered dogs in college and whenever we were able throughout our adult lives. I spent a year managing a dog daycare, where I learned about how dogs play and relate to one another socially, as well as how to manage dogs in a group. 

For three years I was the client liaison of the Integrative, Neurology, and Zoology services with the University of Florida Small Animal Hospital. During this time I rescued a paralyzed King Charles Cavalier, an experience that changed my life and inspired a book

For the past three years, I have been writing and creating art and photography full time while getting deeper and deeper into rescue. I often work with the dogs most in need: those with serious behavioral or medical concerns. 

Wade was at risk of euthanasia because of his fearful growling behavior. He soon showed his true colors and was adopted.

It is from this experience that I write. No matter what I’m working on, there is usually a rescue dog at my feet. If you read about a training technique here, know that I’ve practiced it myself. My reviews are based on products that I research, choose, and use with dozens of shelter dogs. 

I wish I could save each and every one of these dogs. If you get to know them, I know that you’ll feel the same way.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’re thinking about volunteering. I’d love to help you get started or answer any questions that you might have.

More About Me

My fiance, Justin, and I live with our Maltese, Sofie, three chickens, and a series of rescue dogs in Gainesville, Florida. Justin and I are homebodies who occasionally enjoy a good adventure.

I love living in Gainesville, and I love Florida. I can’t imagine anywhere more beautiful or strange than this hot, marshy place where people are guaranteed to be nothing other than themselves.

Justin is always reminding me to relax. Relaxing doesn’t come naturally to me. I’m always busy. Making art or editing photos, digging in the yard or trying to grow some new moss or plant.

There never seems to be enough time to do everything that I want to do. Life is so, so full and I want to plunge into every second of it.

Please contact me if you have any questions at all.