“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”—Gandhi
Nicole grew up with a family that had many dogs. Her dad trained and sold duck-hunting Lab’s. As a child, she grew up at field trials, watching dogs hunt and live. Dogs come naturally to her. “I feel like I know what they think.” She currently has 4 in her home, all rescues: Jill – Jack Russell, Lily – Poodle mix, Texas – German Shepherd, Tahoe – German Shepherd. Nicole is orginally from Eastern NC, attended East Carolina University and is formally trained as a BS Registered Nurse. She worked, previously, in Trauma ICU and Dialysis. She has two sons that attend ECU. The kennel is a dream come true for her. You will find her there most days, either working in the kennel or doing office work.
Board member of the Union County Humane Society
Lyndsey is originally from Dayton, Ohio. She is a graduate of Butler High School. She has had the unique, rewarding experience of volunteering for Tri-County Animal Rescue for 2 years. This facility is a No-Kill shelter, that houses up to 200 dogs at a time. In her spare time, she also pet-sits for friends and family. Lyndsey always has a smile. All animals quickly realize they are gently cared for in her presence, but also find comfort in her animal knowledge. We hope Lyndsey continues with her dreams to become a Veterinarian. She, currently, has 3 dogs at home. Each one was rescued from a bad situation. Please ask Lyndsey about any current rescues she is working with. She is always willing to help an animal in need.
Charlotte Kennels is extremely proud to have Groomer/Kennel Manager Audrey Randazzo. Audrey is an integral part of our team. She has been grooming since 1996 and received her formal training in Florida, under Pampered Poodle’s master groomer. Audrey’s “gentle hands for cold noses” approach combines with her artistry to assure each dog has the best grooming experience possible and that owners are thrilled with the tail-wagging, fresh-smelling results!
Luann’s love of animals started at an early age, bringing home orphaned cats, dogs, a pony and even a rooster! For the last 15 years, Luann has been engaged in animal care in various ways: veterinary technician, grooming, boarding and dog training. For the last 10 years, Luann has focused on puppy classes and dog training. Luann’s love is, positively, training pups of all ages. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, volunteers with rescue dogs and is always willing to help anyone in need of assistance with there problem pups. Luann is available for board & train for anyone who needs basic obedience while your pet boards with us. She also gives private lessons in the comfort of your own home… where many of the issues begin. Feel free to email Luann with questions at Lvanleer@windstream.net. Remember, a tired and well-mannered dog is a happy dog. 🙂
We love Martha! She is a perfectionist…she loves animals and loves to clean..clean…clean… She keeps the kennel smelling great! She has 2 older boys and 2 Miniature Dachshunds at home. She started with us in 2005. She treats each guest as her own, with lots of TLC and compassion. You will often find her walking around holding a little one who is timid, to get them adjusted. Martha is one of the most caring animal lovers you will find!
Nikki Randazzo literally has been working with dogs at Charlotte Kennels since she was 5 years old! She has been home schooled since first grade. She will graduate 2015. Audrey who works with us, is her mother. She loves spending time with her friends and family. She has four dogs, Shadow (Chow/Lab), Butch (Husky/Lab), Rosie (red nose Doberman) and Lonnie (red/nose Pitt Bull Terrier). Nikki says her favorite part of working at the kennel is caring for and playing with all the animals that come in. Her hobbies include shopping, going on retreats with her church and lots of pool time in the summer. Nikki knows Charlotte Kennels up one side and down the other, for sure. She has a deep love for animals and is very in tune to any and all issues that may arise. We feel very luck to have such an exceptionally smart, friendly and knowledgeable leader in our establishment
Welcome Reagan Walters!! Reagan currently attends Weddington High School, she plans to go to UNC Wilmington or NC State University. At this point she is unsure of her major, but she will figure it out quickly. Reagan is very organized, friendly and has a great love for animals. Her hobbies include lacrosse, dance and going to the beach. She currently has one dog at home “Herschel”, he is a Maltese mix. We are very excited to have Reagan and look forward to having her expand her wings with us over the next few years.
Meet Mackenzie Griffin! She currently attends Porter Ridge High School. Her hobbies are fishing, shopping, and spending time with her family. She currently owns 3 dogs, a Boxer named Candy, a Sheltie named Missy, and a Maltipoo named Bella. In the future she would like to become a veterinarian assistant or a dental hygienist. Mackenzie has a natural feel for animals. She has grown up around them and appreciates the knowledge she has gained to this point, regarding ALL animals. We feel very excited to have found such an exceptional young lady to join the team!!
Jennifer is a senior at Porter Ridge High School and is going to UNC Charlotte in the fall. She is majoring in pre-health, but doesn’t quite know what career she wants to pursue after college. In her spare time Jennifer enjoys shopping, hanging out with her friends, and relaxing at the lake in the summer time! Jennifer has a dog named Cooper, four cats named Star, Gizmo, Angel, and Frankie, a bird named Tiki, and a horse named Aspen. Jennifer has always had a big heart for animals and is excited to be working with them every day at Charlotte Kennels.
Emily attends Piedmont High School and plays for their women’s soccer team. After high school, she plans to attend either NC State or UNCW to study veterinary medicine or marine biology. She has loved animals ever since she was a little girl, which drove her towards her study choices in college and working at the Charlotte Kennels. Emily comes from a family of six, they own two dogs, Baxter, a toy poodle, and Ginger, a lab mix. Hobbies include going to the beach, spending time with family, and playing soccer. Currently Emily works weekends due to her very busy school schedule.
Originally from Dayton, Ohio… but has lived in Charlotte for 16 years, and loves it. She is a graduate of Butler High School, CPCC and currently deciding what to major in. Allison has had many rewarding experiences volunteering for animal shelters over the years. Her entire life has been growing up with cats, dogs and a few reptiles, bunnies, guinea pigs, etc. Currently she has 4 dogs, 3 cats and a bunny that are all rescues. In addition to working at Charlotte Kennels, she pet-sits part time for multiple families and loves what she does. We are happy to have her as a part of Charlotte Kennels to help care for our many guests. You will see and hear Allison at our front desk… she is excited to meet you and your furry best friend!
Meet Kayla! She is a recent graduate from Porter Ridge High School and plans to attend the Aveda Institute of Charlotte in the near future. In her free time she enjoys shopping, listening to music, spending time with friends & family, and of course being surrounded by animals. Kayla has her own horse, Roxie, a beagle named Luna, and three cats. She is very hard working with a huge heart and we are very lucky to have her. Kayla loves every pet that comes into Charlotte Kennels like they are her own!
I graduated from Sun Valley High School in 2014, then went to ECU for 2 years studying communications before coming home to pursue my dream of becoming a tattoo artist. I love to spend time with my friends and family, playing games and sports of all kinds. My favorite part of working at the kennel has to be being able to spend time with the dogs, getting to know them, interact with them and play with them!