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Gainesville woman rescues and fosters a range of animals
TC Reynolds cares for dogs, cats at her home and office
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TC Reynolds rescues all dogs, even those who need more attention than others. The Gainesville woman said it is hard to find homes for some. - photo by AMANDA HEAD

Evelyn’s Place
For more information about the pet rescue, Evelyn’s Place, visit its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/evelyns.place.1

Smelling chlorine and cleaning supplies is not uncommon for customers who walk into Gainesville Janitor Supply off of M.L.K. Jr. Boulevard. But if they ventured into one of the offices in the back, they may be greeted by the sight of wagging tails and sound of barking.

The local business is a foster home to six of the 26 dogs TC Reynolds has rescued. But she has yet to find the large and small canines a home.

Reynolds started her rescue five years ago, devoting her five acres to her mission. The Gainesville woman always rescued animals, but decided to increase the scale of her operation in 2010.

She used her mother’s name for the business — Evelyn’s Place — since her mother’s care led to Reynolds’ love of animals.

“I grew up seeing my mother rescue pets,” the mother of two and grandmother of four said.

Starting with eight adoptable pets, Reynolds originally built the shelter for 12. Now, she has 20 at home and six at the janitor supply store, which is owned by her husband, Hy.

Therefore, when Reynolds interviews new hires for the supply company, she asks if the person is allergic to animals and if they like animals.

All the employees think highly of Reynolds and her passion.

“She really devotes a lot of her time to help animals,” employee Alan Hamilton said.

Reynolds is not the only one. It is not uncommon for an employee to take home a dog. About nine years ago, employee Chad Browning adopted an Australian shepherd named Blue. 

But rescuing dogs and other animals isn’t as easy as Reynolds would like.

“It’s like having two full-time jobs,” she said.

Her schedule attests to that statement. Reynolds wakes up hours before heading to work to care for the rescued dogs. She takes them outside to use the bathroom, feeds them and cleans up their messes. Then her routine begins again for the eight cats and 20 kittens. And then she does the same chores again when she gets home from her full-time job.

“It’s a load,” said Hy Reynolds, who watches his wife do the same for the dogs housed at Gainesville Janitor Supply.

Not knowing he would get into this when he married her, Hy supports his wife’s passion. 

“It’s tough,” he said. “Don’t ever think it is all peaches and cream, but it’s what drives her.”

TC Reynolds said the stressful part of the rescue is it occupies all of her time.

“We haven’t been on vacation in about three years,” she said.

With all the hard work TC Reynolds puts into her rescues, she just hopes to find homes for the animals she fosters. The businesswoman explained it takes about six months to rehome a pet.

And Reynolds does not want to find just any home. She said she wants to ensure the adopted animal will be part of a family.

When a new home is found, Reynolds delivers the pet to see the home’s condition and meet the new owner. She also has the new owner sign a contract to ensure the animal is cared for and in a safe place and animal-friendly environment.

While her rescue is about finding new homes for pets, it is also about saving as many animals as possible. Reynolds is saddened by the fact that the Hall County Animal Shelter must euthanize animals because not enough people volunteer to foster or care for the animals.

To stop this, Reynolds believes more volunteers would help.

“Even if someone doesn’t have much time and went and took pictures of the animals and placed them on social media, they might be able to find them a home,” Reynolds said.

She added the shelter needs volunteers to walk and feed the dogs, as well as blankets, food and collars.

“Blankets can have holes and stains in it,” Reynolds said. “Dogs don’t care. To them it is a better place to lay than on concrete.”

Just going to the Hall County Animal Shelter and playing with or walking a dog could help it get adopted.

“It may not be much, but to this one dog, you’ve saved their life,” she said.

For more information on Evelyn’s Place, visit www.facebook.com/evelyns.place.1.

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