Abby & Co. was originally founded in 2020, after Abby was adopted from a rescue in Raleigh, NC. When she first came home, she was shy, nervous, didn’t want to eat or use the bathroom, and was timid around people. Over the following months she truly blossomed and came out of her shell. She came to love cuddling with her people in the mornings, visiting her grandparents, and playing with toys. In 2020, Abby got a furry brother when her parents adopted Charlie, the black and tan coonhound. Charlie was found as a stray and bounced around several foster homes before he finally landed with his family. His classic hound personality combined with a little bit of anxiety made him tricky to place with the right people, but once he was adopted by his family, he fit right in. It was so heartwarming to see how the right home can make all the difference in a dog’s life, so their parents decided to start a dog rescue nonprofit to help other dogs find their happy endings, just like Abby and Charlie did.
A couple of years later, Claire the Treeing Walker Coonhound (pictured to the right) was pulled from a local shelter. She was the most shut-down dog in the shelter, the only one that didn’t get up off the floor of her kennel to say hello to us or bark or jump. It seemed that she had never really had much vet care- she had double ear infections, a worn-down canine tooth that had to be pulled, had recovered from Lyme disease. Once Claire was in her long-term foster home and received the vet care she needed, she settled into life lounging in a comfy home, cuddling and going on adventures with her people. After adopting Charlie and getting to know Claire, Abby & Co. quickly fell in love with the hound breeds and throughout the process of trying to find a forever home for Claire, we noticed that there seemed to be a gap in hound-specific rescue in our part of the country. After much consideration, it was decided that Abby & Co. would move from being a very general rescue to one that takes in hounds exclusively.
We aim to help hounds find their forever homes by pulling them from shelters and placing them in foster homes while sharing with our community what makes these breeds of dogs such great lifelong companions. We are passionate about pairing our dogs with fosters and adopters that they will thrive with and believe that dogs are important members of their families.