Just What the ‘Dog-tor’ Ordered

Just What the ‘Dog-tor’ Ordered

Michele Griffin, our Assistant Director and Adoption Coordinator, is exactly what we needed at HHAS. Anyone working with dogs would be lucky to have her on staff because this lady is truly amazing!
First, she is a CPDT-KA which means she is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed. Achieving this certification is no easy feat. It requires a minimum of 300 hours of experience in dog training and passing a rigorous national exam that demonstrates knowledge and proficiency in the current scientific evidence of canine behavior, development, training, and much, much more.

Recently, Michele also became a licensed Family Paws Educator! This means she has the knowledge to share with families with dogs who are expecting a baby or who have a toddler. Michele can give them advice and real-life strategies on how to prepare families with dogs for life with a baby and how to safely navigate the changes that will occur as the baby grows to a toddler.

Hallie Hill has many special needs dogs that are at the sanctuary because their previous owner did not understand their behaviors and needs. As our adoption counselor, Michele counsels adopters prior to, during, and after each adoption to increase the rate of success for the placement of the dog. She strives to reduce stress for both the family and the dog so everyone feels good about the new family dynamics. We are fortunate and so proud to have Michele as a part of the Hallie Hill team!

Quilt Raffle Winners

Quilt Raffle Winners

Drumroll, please…

Lisa Dapolito – Summer Breeze Quilt
Michelle Peterson – Vintage Bouquet Quilt

Many thanks to everyone who purchased raffle tickets this year. Your donations of over $5,000 will do SO much good as we change the lives of the animals in our care. YOU ARE OUR HEROES!

A huge thank you to Donna for making these beautiful quilts.

Jena Jones

Jena Jones

Jena Jones is an animal advocate, Army Veteran, business owner, and want-to-be farmer! Jena has a longstanding history with animal service organizations. She has both volunteered and served in formal roles within 501c3s since 2007. She served as the Director of Development for a therapeutic riding facility and has been a board member of an Arizona rescue and sanctuary for over 10 years. In her time supporting these organizations, she has managed operations, led growth/fundraising efforts, and provided animal care and fostering. She is proud to say that the number of fostered friends is over 60!

Jena still spends every day actively engaged in animal care and animal welfare. It is her single greatest passion and priority. She owns a small farm caring for sanctuary animals, including horses, cows, goats, dogs, and cats. She hopes one day, she can grow up to be a full-time Farmer. Jena splits time between Columbus, NC, and Meggett, South Carolina, just around the corner from Hallie Hill.

Jena founded and serves as CEO of PGT Solutions, a healthcare-focused IT and professional services consulting firm. PGT focuses on support to Veterans and Service Members through improving healthcare and other critical support to them and their families. She first got involved with Hallie Hill when looking for an animal service organization to bring PGT employees to volunteer. Time spent volunteering resulted in a desire to help further the Hallie Hill mission and, naturally, in bringing home a new family member. Nora, the dramatically friendly Anatolian Shepherd, is a Hallie Hill alum and now spends her time exactly how she wishes: watching over her goat babies… in between naps on the couch, of course!

Rachel Milstein

Rachel Milstein lives on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina. Originally from Northern New Jersey, she went to Indiana University for undergrad and studied Business Operations & Telecommunications at Kelley School of Business. Rachel currently works in Human Resources at a software company in Charleston.

On a personal level: she loves to read, travel, run, do yoga, and is a total foodie and animal lover. Her passion for dogs has been with her since childhood when her family introduced her to the beautiful world of animal rescue at a young age.