An Augusta University alumnus started a non-profit animal rescue during the initial lockdown stages of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
Anthony Fadeley, a 2016 graduate of the Hull College of Business, created Where The Wild Things Are Rescue as a “passion project during the pamedmic.”
Where The Wild Things Are takes in abandoned dogs and rehabilitates them through a foster home process prior to finding adoptive owners.
Fadeley is the Quality Program Manager – Comprehensive Services for Automatic Data Processing (ADP), where he went to work prior to graduating from the Hull College. He was an analyst intern at ADP’s Augusta facility and then was hired full-time once he obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration and cyber security certification. He has been promoted four times since joining the company.
Fadeley’s mother is a retired dog groomer, so his love of animals has been lifelong. The 37-year-old and his wife, Angela, adoptive parents of cats and dogs themselves, have always been involved in rescuing animals.
It took three months to get the non-profit organization up and running, going online in June.
Where The Wild Things Are specializes in rescuing and rehabilitation of Pit-Bull and Guardian dog breeds, such as Rottweilers, Mastiffs, and Dobermans.
The organization rescues five to ten dogs a month, sometimes out of high-kill shelters.
The foster home system lets the dogs “understand that humans are safe,” a necessary healing process if they have been abused. Dogs find new homes as far away as Rochester, New York.