~About ReLove's Board of Directors~
ReLove Animals, Inc. is an all volunteer 501(c) 3 tax exempt charity recognized by the IRS.
The vision for ReLove Animals Inc. came from a life changing experience for founder Julianne Brown ~ she and her family adopted Jericho, a pit bull that had been set on fire. The experience of adopting, getting to know and love him was unexpectedly eye opening. Jericho not only had bias against him in the general public, but he was discarded and abused like trash...and he was everything but. It became immediately clear that ideas and perceptions about pit bulls and the treatment of all animals in today's society are all wrong. The major goal that arose was one of educating the public...starting with the children. ReLove Animals Inc. was born out of this goal, with the motto 'Education for Responsibility'. The main pillars of this movement, "Rescue, Retrain and Rehome" are modeled after Juli's recycling company ~ ReCore Supply Company (est. 2007) with the motto " Recycle, ReBuild and ReUse". The same concept of recycling can be applied and used to amend the animal overpopulation and abuse problem. Juli, a very successful business owner, was born and raised in Maryland and shares her home with her 2 wonderful, animal loving kids and several rescue pets. Aside from Jericho she has a mixed breed Terrier that was saved from being euthanized as a puppy, a puppymill Pomeranian, a kitty pulled from death row, a kitten found nearly dead on the streets and one adopted from a TNR project in West Baltimore.
Holly joined forces with Juli and ReLove at its inception, believing that 'education for responsibility' is key for informing people about animal issues in Maryland, without the need for confrontation and hostility. By providing tools and resources, people become informed and empowered. She is heavily involved with the TNR program run by Community Cats of Maryland to help curb the expanding population of feral cats in the city. She is also a volunteer with Howard County Cat Club, which focuses on rescuing adult cats off death row at local shelters and providing them with safe refuge until adopted. She is periodically involved with dog and cat transports as well. Since 2009, Holly and her boyfriend have personally fostered and found homes for 25 cats. They currently have four rescued cats, as well as two fosters, one of which is a diabetic that was dropped at a local kill shelter ~ Holly got a crash course in diabetic cats and got kitty off insulin! Since moving to Maryland in 1996, Holly has been working on research projects that affect the Chesapeake Bay. With a Bachelor's in biology (Salisbury Univ), Master's in environmental science (John's Hopkins Univ) and a PhD in Aquatic Ecology (Univ of Kalmar, Sweden), she continues her quest for knowledge in issues that affect today's society and finds time to get involved!
Denise has always loved helping animals, but it wasn't until she started looking to add another dachshund to her home that she truly saw the magnitude of the animal overpopulation problem and how many discarded animals there were, including pure bred dogs. She decided that instead of adopting and saving one she would foster and save many. To date, Denise has fostered 23 dachshunds for Dachshund Rescue of North America. Her passion is fostering the senior dogs, one of the hardest groups to find homes for. She is also active with Greyhound Rescue, Inc., attending meet and greets with her greyhound, Smitty, and spreading the word of what wonderful pets retired racers make. In addition, she also volunteers at her local no-kill, cageless cat shelter, Howard County Cat Club, as a cat caretaker. She is proud to be a member of ReLove Animals and hopes to be able to help educate the public on the many important issues regarding animal welfare.
When she's not out and about with her volunteer work, Denise works at home as a medical transcriptionist and in her free time enjoys spending time with her family, Jazzercising, and reading.
Throughout the years Rachael made contributions to rescues and supported animal welfare causes but she always felt like she could do more. After relocating to Maryland a few years ago, Rachael began volunteering at the SPCA of Anne Arundel County. She is now a senior volunteer involved in several activities at the shelter. She walks, socializes and trains dogs, creates adoption videos, shows dogs to potential adopters, attends adoption events, photographs dogs available for adoption for their website, and the list goes on. Thinking this wasn't enough to keep her busy, Rachael started volunteering for dog rescue transports. A dog rescue transport consists of driving dogs from high kill shelters (mostly from the South) to approved rescue groups. The largest transport she was involved with had 35 dogs (mostly puppies) where Rachael drove 12 of those puppies to their next destination. Frustrated by another pet store opening in the area, Rachael joined forces with the wonderful team at ReLove Animals to help combat the endless cycle of misery for pet store breeding dogs. She is honored and proud to be part of this great group of accomplished and like minded souls. She's looking forward to making a difference in all aspects of animal welfare.
Rachael lives with her husband, Scott, and their two dogs, Avery and Kano. In 1998 Avery, a Shepherd/Chow Mix, was adopted from a shelter in Gainesville, FL. Friends of theirs purchased Kano, a purebred Doberman, from a reputable breeder by visiting him as a puppy and meeting his parents on site. After a couple of years, Kano's parents were looking to rehome him and knew Rachael and Scott were thinking about adopting another canine companion - it was fate!