What is Nelrose? Where does it come from? Well, it comes from two little dogs named Nellie (Nell for short) and Rose who live in the suburbs of Chicago with Gina’s parents. They spent the first 8 years of the lives having puppies. Those babies were all adopted, Gina’s baby Edith included. After years of research on the breeding culture in our society, educating herself on the importance of rescue and spending years volunteering with a breed specific rescue, Gina reached out to the breeder, who released Nell and Rose, and thus birthed Nelrose Rescue.
Our mission at Nelrose Rescue is to rescue and provide a safe haven for small dogs in need. We are dedicated to promoting responsible pet ownership, educating the community on the importance of spaying/neutering, and finding permanent loving homes for the dogs in our care. We provide expert care, rehabilitation, and socialization to help each of our dogs and their forever families reach their full potential and live happy and fulfilled lives. Nelrose Rescue is a 501c3 charitable, non-profit organization. 100% of the donations we receive go towards the vetting and rehabilitation of our dogs.
Meet Gina, co-founder. Gina has spent her career in a sales role. Prior to being a dog owner, she lived in various states supporting Fortune 500 clients and traveling 100K miles a year for those accounts. She now prefers the company of her dogs and her rescue cat Lucia to the rat race of corporate travel. Having ventured into the rescue world as a volunteer, it was pure chance re-meeting with a former client that has made one of her bucket list items come to fruition. It is her hope that she and her rescue partner will find hundreds of dogs loving and happy homes.
Meet Emily, co-founder. Emily has spent her career as a marketing specialist in various industries. When she's not working, Emily enjoys spending time with her two sweet pups, Pippin and Noël. Emily grew up with dogs, all of which came from breeders. It wasn't until later in her life that she was introduced to the world of rescuing when her family rescued a 7 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Guinness. Emily knows first hand that "senior" dogs have a lot of life left to give and looks forward to helping as many pups as possible find their perfect family.
Jennifer; Board Member
Dubbed the “dog whisperer” by friends, Jennifer spent nearly four years volunteering as a dog handler and adoption counselor at a local animal shelter. During this time Jennifer met and brought home her best friend, Elphie. Jennifer knows how much having a rescue dog can change a person for the better, and is looking forward to helping as many pups as possible find their second chance with Nelrose Rescue.