Our team is second to none in every sense of the meaning. We couldn't have a group with more heart, dedication, passion and enthusiasm for what we do - SAVING DOGS!! Every one of them has jobs, families, lives, hobbies, etc and still manage to make time to volunteer with Releash Atlanta and work with our affiliated rescues, to help make adoption EASIER for you! We want NO excuses to not adopt, that is why we are here!
I think I have had every different animal you can find, ride, adopt or catch since I was a kid. I have an extra soft spot for dogs, they're innocent and voiceless and often end up in the wrong hands so once I learned of this "rescue world" I never looked back. I have 8, yes 8 of my own dogs and there isn't a lot of times we don't have a foster thrown in the mix, too. I am happy to have found an amazing number of people that share my passion, and have a common goal of helping people adopt! I have a career in medical sales, I enjoy boating, attempting to cook, spending time with family/friends, hiking, biking and of course, getting dogs out of the shelter!
I am a mother of three and a pediatric nurse of many many years. I have a huge passion for animals and for rescue. I started fostering about two years ago and now I am a board member for Releash Atlanta! I enjoy coordinating our vetting, events and matching needs!
Growing up my family was always rescuing something- birds, opossums, squirrels, dogs, cats, you name it! My own personal love for rescue came about when I found a stray dog left for dead on a highway my senior year of college. That same dog is now my very own love bug, along with three other dogs, a husband, son and step daughter. I am a critical care nurse of almost 7 years, but my true passion is (and always has been) helping dogs!
Ever since I was a child I had an obsession with animals- despite my allergies. We were always a rescue household, and I grew up with an array of different species, but always had an affinity for dogs. I started out working kennel at an animal hospital and never looked back, working my way up to a technician at an Emergency and Specialty Animal Practice. For a few years I worked at a high intake shelter in Atlanta where I discovered the world of rescue and the huge impact they had on the homeless dog population. I knew I wanted to be a part of the movement, and quickly found my place at Releash Atlanta. I have a whole family of Releash Alumni's that I get to stay in touch with, as well as my own two rescue pups and one big 'ol rescue horse. I firmly believe that "until one loves an animal, a part of oneself remains unawakened."
Melissa has been involved in rescue since 2010, when she got her first foster dog. Since then she's fostered hundreds of dogs and has been called the "small dog whisperer" on more than one occasion. When Melissa first started fostering, she had one dog. Now she has four dogs, a cat and a [human] baby!
I have loved animals my entire life. I've worked with animal shelters and rescues in some capacity since I was 15 years old. In addition to being a dog groomer for 11 years. There is nothing in the world like making over a dirty, matted dog. Watching them go from dejected to bouncing around happy is just the best thing. I can't imagine my life without dogs in it. In addition to my 3 dogs and 1 cat, I have 2 beautiful human kids aged 3 and 7 mos.
I started volunteering with Releash Atlanta this year after noticing a friend followed them on Facebook. I read story after story about their hard work and loving hearts and , of course, was crazy for those sweet doggie faces! It’s been the best experience and biggest honor to be a stopping point for such amazing dogs on their way to a forever home. I’m a nurse with two grown sons, one goofball dog-son and a fellow dog-loving husband.
Merritt is a lot younger than her siblings, so she spent much of her early childhood with Simeon, the family's 90 pound collie. Simeon taught her many important skills: how to beg for food, how to steal bagels off family member's plates, how to sit and stare at her teenaged sister when she had a boy over. Simeon's mentorship left Merritt with a lasting affinity for animals, particularly dogs (as well as the impression that any dog under 60 pounds is small). In her daily life, Merritt is a physical therapist and fitness instructor. She lives with her long-suffering husband and two rescue dogs. Merritt is thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of an organization that gives other dogs the opportunity to teach deserving families about the important things in life.
Alex is a wealth consultant at Atlanta Capital Group but has a soft spot for helping animals as well! He is not only our CFO, but helps with events and fundraising too! We are so happy to have Alex as part of our team!