RMG was started after two women came together in November of 2012 with the same passion and dedication; to help the forgotten dogs of Jasper County that up to that point were without voices. Shelia and Marybeth joined forces and decided to concentrate their efforts on a small rural animal control in Jasper County specifically located in Monticello, Georgia.. Jasper County is about 90 miles southeast of Atlanta and although most of our foster homes are in the Atlanta area - we go back and forth getting them to safety, a task that often time consumes us 24/7. In the past 5 years, RMG has grown and saved the lives of more than 3500 animals. We are an ALL VOLUNTEER 501c3 non profit rescue group licensed in the state of Georgia.
RMG depends solely on donations and adoption fees to cover our vetting expenses. Donations and NEW FOSTER HOMES enable us to do what we do - and every dog we adopt OUT - allows us to save another. Over the years we have collaborated with various rescues in the Northeast and we continue on a case by case basis to adopt some dogs north - and in other areas of the United States. We are grateful you have found us and appreciate you spreading the word about what we do. Many employers do match donations made to non profits -- please keep us in mind during any time of the year that you might be able to donate towards our mission.
THE RMG TEAM
Co-Founder Shelia, is a Jasper County resident who has spent more than the last 30 years working to help animals in her area. Shelia now retired has such a heart for these animals in her hometown and it isn't unusual for her to pick up a dog all hours of the day. She's the first person in Monticello that people call when there is an animal related emergency. Shelia is married and the proud mom of a grown daughter. Shelia's husband Larry is always on standby to help, typically assisting in transportation. Because of her experience in animal rescue, she's formed several relationships that have allowed for us to collaborate with other organizations to assist these dogs. Shelia serves as a liason for JCAC officials, coordinates vetting with Southside Animal Hospital, fosters, writes grants, manages the database, and reports to the Dept of Agriculture. Her wisdom and experience are of huge benefit of RMG as we consider what it is we aspire to be.
Co-Founder Marybeth, moved to Georgia 22 years ago when her husband took a job in Atlanta. She worked as a radio broadcaster for many years before becoming a full time mom. Marybeth has a recent college grad who is now getting ready to apply to vet school and one in high school who have all grown up in the world of rescue. She's also has a very patient husband who is her number one fan. RMG is family affair as they are all truly invested. Marybeth works on intake, behavior assessment, compatibility, fostering, rehabilitating, coordinating vetting with Alpharetta Animal Hospital, and supporting other volunteer's efforts. Marybeth is famously quoted as coining the phrase "we'll figure it out" and if anyone can "figure it out" its Marybeth. She is tireless and so passionate about serving RMG!
Jill became involved in RMG after adopting several of our rescues. She's the stay at home mom of two boys under 6 and has an 11 year old step daughter, all of whom she hopes to instill the idea of responsible pet ownership and compassion towards animals. Prior to joining us, Jill worked in the area of Sports Medicine and volunteered with a Cleveland Ohio based animal rescue called Love-A-Stray. What you will often hear her say is that she has been greatly humbled by the work associated with southern animal rescues because the spay and neuter laws in the north have greatly reduced dog and cat overpopulation. Jill contributes to RMG by being the process expert,; she works to streamline the adoption process administratively, maintains the database, updates the website, support fosters, and review applications. Jill aspires to cultivate a community of enthusiastic RMG supporters.
Lauren is the first line of response on behalf of our group when adopter send an inquiry. She volunteers tirelessly to return emails and balances her time with RMG among her full time job and more importantly her active family. She is the mom to 3 girls, 10, 7, and 5 and the dog mom to 2 chis and one former RMG dog named Colt. Since starting with the group Lauren and her husband Mike have tirelessly fostered several dogs including mom and pup litters all while renovating their home.. Lauren and Mike are the first of our volunteers to offer up help in any circumstance and firmly embrace the idea that many hands make light work. And did we tell you she makes her own bread too?! She is a modern day wonder woman!!!!
Julie is one of our liasons between Jasper County Animal Control and RMG. She volunteers directly at AC weekly and is able to help communicate the needs of the dogs there. She spends her time assessing, interacting, transporting, taking pictures, and coordinating meet and greets with the dogs at Animal Control that have yet to be placed in foster homes. Julie also fosters for the group and has adopted one of our very own RMG dogs (Do you see a trend? Adopt from RMG and be recruited to help!) Julie is a huge animal lover having previously volunteered in the areas of wildlife rehabilitation. She and her husband are among the most patient of fosters and dog parents as they have had to kindly work with both their adopted dog as well as fosters so they can assimilate into the life of an indoor dog.. Julie has provided a lot of momentum in terms of placing AC dogs and we are so lucky she has the heart for this type of service.
Sonda is our Petfinder specialist. If we can brag just a little about Sonda, our Petfinder listings have never gotten so much attention, she's blowing away our past visitation stats because she is adding more content to our posts, requesting updated pictures on foster dogs, and maintaining the site more vigilantly than we've ever previously been able to do. The moment Sonda took over that area we had more inquiries on our dogs. When Sonda isn't helping us with posting on Petfinder, she is the mom of 2 children ages 7 and 9, an active member of her church community, and involved in PTA and Girl Scouts as well as being a dance and soccer mom. Did I mention Sonda also fosters for us? She is among the most low key of fosters, nothing phases Sonda and shes quick to offer a whitty comment when one is desperately needed. We are so thankful for her help!
Karen is a long time volunteer of RMG having fostered for us since conception of the organization. She is never without less than 3 fosters and has a background in chiropractic care so our dogs get a very holistic approach to their health and well being. At the moment she has a special needs dog that needs to be fed upright. He has a specified chair for this and requires his dog food to be a certain consistency so that he can safely digest it. Karen not only attends to his special condition, but is also a bottle feeding pro having constructed a mechanism to simulate a mother's nipple to feed multiple pups at once! Karen balances all of this in addition to her embroidery business. For those of you with RMG apparel Karen has been a part of that for us. We are charging her with developing a prototype RMG hat and visor so we can keep getting the word out. If you need help with a dog or embroidery Karen would be your go to person!
Lynn joined the RMG team after fostering then falling in forever love with a couple of RMG DOGS.. Lynn has taken on the huge task of being our foster coordinator and she's the go to for new fosters and those who are currently in our system. Lynn has been involved in rescue for many years and we are thrilled she's on the team. Lynn has a daughter who recently graduated from UGA and is as much a dog person as her mom. Lynn's fur kids are Oakley and Martha and she's fostering a sweet pea named Willow and some RMG babies... So grateful for her help in handling those just starting out with our rescue in the foster / volunteering !
Stay tuned for more volunteer information. We are so exited to introduce everyone who is part of the team that make RMG so special.