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
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 Madison Gruca. Madison graduated from Porter Ridge High School in 2017. She is currently attending UNC Charlotte and majoring in communications. Madison has lived in Union County her entire life, a rarity these days in this area. Madison has three dogs Duke, Winston and Nelly, which are all rescued mutts. Her hobbies include hanging out with friends and family, swimming and most importantly playing with dogs! Madison enjoys working at Charlotte Kennels because she gets to do what she loves and considers to be a hobby ….which is interacting with all animals but especially dogs.
Meet Jacob Atkins, he has been working with us for a year now. Jacob is originally from Mecklenburg County but has lived in Union County since a very young age. He was homeschooled and graduated in 2017. Currently he is taking online courses to become a certified computer technician. In addition to working part time at Charlotte Kennels, he helps his dad with his heating and air conditioning business. Jacob says he is absolutely an animal lover and currently owns a shih tzu named Murphy. He enjoys reading, gaming and exercising in his spare time. We are very excited to have Jacob on our team… he is a very big hearted, helpful & friendly person.
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!!
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!
Leah is a rare thing these days in Union County, she was born and raised here. She married her high school sweetheart, and together they have two grown sons.
She also believes in trying to rescue when possible, she has two rescued cats. Pepper is a grey tabby and Chloe is a calico, they are living their best life in her home. She enjoys delivering the detailed and individualized care all the animals at Charlotte Kennels receive. “Animals show us unconditional love” When Leah says love animals she is all in!!
Big WELCOME to Taylor!! She was born and raised in Charlotte. Taylor loves giving great care to animals and humans alike, she is studying health care management at UNCC.
Away from school, she enjoys her part time job with us. Just like everyone who works at Charlotte Kennels she has grown up with dogs & cats. Her plan is to always have furbabies in her home. Currently she has two miniature dachshunds, Murphy and Charlie, and a kitty cat named Lou. She is thankful to have the opportunity to be able to work with animals and get paid! “There is no better feeling than seeing happy pets when they are visiting with us at the kennel”
Julianne is originally from Anderson SC. At Charlotte Kennels we call her “JC”
JC went to Piedmont High School, and haslived in Unionville for 5 years.
Julianne worked at Gander Outdoors and Tractor Supply in Monroe prior joining us at Charlotte Kennels. She has 2 sisters, both older. Her family has had dogs her entire life.
She has 3 dogs, a Golden Retriever (Chevy), a Standard Poodle (Capers) and a Shih-tzu (Pipsy), she really has a heart for cats too, she has 2 cats Sassy and Little Man.
Her family does lots of rescue and re-homing.
She states her dream is to have her own animal care facility, in her hometown one day. JC’s love for animals has grown so much working for Charlotte Kennels.
She is super hardworking, interested in all things animals and love seeing the fur babies everyday!!
She is a graduate from Weddington High School. Hannah is currently attending CPCC, where she plans on applying to the Cardiovascular Sonography program, March 2020. She has looked at many different fields in healthcare and decided this would be her passion. She enjoys interacting with people and helping them make life a little easier. It is safe to say this is also why she chose to work with animals at Charlotte Kennels!! She has a big heart and really enjoys the balance between patient care and working closely with all of the animals. Currently, she has one rescued cat, “Cedric”, he had a rough start to life but now lives high on the hog with Hannah. She hopes in the very near future she can add to her animal family. In her spare time she studies, volunteers and enjoys lots of outside activities. Say Hi…to Hannah next time you are at the kennel.
Dylan grew up in a family with dogs here in Union County. He is VERY VERY passionate about animals. He loves working with and developing relationships with all of our daycare dogs. On any given day you can hear Dylan out in one of our playards having a conversation with each dog. He has a great sense when it comes to dog behavior. He knew working with animals made him happiest and he wanted to join our team. He has fit in perfect and has become an essential part of Charlotte Kennels.
“I’ve been working with dogs for 6 years now and don’t expect to stop any time soon”. I have two dogs of my own, a pit named Callie and a mutt named Ark. I find joy in making others happy.
Dylan has also devoted lots of time and energy in helping animals through the Humane Society of Union County. He works at all
capacities, he does transport, pet care and helps with adoptions. Again, his love for animals is very apparent in all that he does.
When not getting lots of pup play time in, you will find Dylan enjoying tinkering with computers. He is a whiz at taking them apart
and putting things back together to make a newer, faster computer. He also loves to play video games!
Dylan loves coming to work everyday and loves being around people that share the same passion as him.
Maison is a student at Weddington High School, many of you may know her from her sister Reagan. Reagan has worked for Charlotte Kennels for many years. We are excited to get a chance to work with Maison before she heads off to college. She is hoping to attend University of Georgia or Chapel Hill. Her desired major is Sports Medicine.
With her spare time Maison enjoys dance, lacrosse and spending time with her friends and family. Currently she has one pet in her family. Hershel is a maltese mix and has been coming to Charlotte Kennels for his entire life. He is a handful to groom but has done well with Audrey grooming him through the years.
Maison will be learning the ropes with help from the other staff, in hopes of being a shift leader in the coming year. She enjoys the one on one activities with each pet. She goes out of her way to make sure each pet and owner has their needs addressed.
Sarah is in school at South Piedmont Community College and set to graduate at the end of the year. She is planning on transferring to UNC Charlotte to pursue a degree in communications. She has 2 dogs at home (Sammi and Lucy) and has loved animals her whole life! She just recently took a lead position in the kennel and will be working in out front office as well.
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.
Meet Tasha Rhone, she is originally from Melbourne, Florida and move to the Charlotte area when she was 4 years old. She graduated from Sun Valley High School, currently she goes to SPCC and is majoring in Criminal Justice. Tasha ….says she loves working at Charlotte Kennels, because of all of the animals and how inviting all the staff members are at the kennel. She also volunteers frequently with her criminal justice program. Tasha has 4 cats two of which she found roaming the streets, her most recent acquisition is BooBoo, which came from the Humane Society of Union County and was fostered at Charlotte Kennels. She has two dogs as well, Cupcake a Great Dane and Winston an English Bulldog. Tasha has a heart of gold, and all the animals love her. She is a very kind and gentle soul.
Meet Crystal Carico, she has worked at Charlotte Kennels for almost 1 year now. She is a super thoughtful and extremely dedicated animal lover. She is originally from Mecklenburg County but moved to Union County 12 years ago. Crystal graduated from Sun Valley High School in 2014. At home she has a Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix named Riley and a cat named Tiger. Crystal really enjoys working at Charlotte Kennels …..being able to interact with animals on a daily basis is a dream come true for her.🐾❤️🐾
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.
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!
Welcome to Savannah!
She was born in Charlotte NC. Currently she lives in Indian Trail, very close to Charlotte Kennels. Savannah is studying to become a dental assistant at North Carolina Dental Assistant Training School.
Of course she loves to be around animals, ever since she was a little girl she has wanted to work with them. Her dreams became a reality and now she has fun every day with all the animals at the kennel, including our bearded dragon “Papaya”. It is also important to see happy customers everyday knowing their baby is in great hands with us.