By Katie Jansen
Then, Murphy brought a puppy into a veterinary clinic where Cox worked. Twenty years later, the pair is launching the nonprofit Faithful Companion Canine Rescue to save more of the dogs they both love.
Neither is new to caring for animals. Cox, of Midland, has been rescuing wildlife, including birds and turtles, since she was young.
“There just isn’t any animal that I don’t love,” said Cox, who still works part-time at a veterinary clinic. She now has 20 years of official rescue experience along with 15 years of foster experience. She owns six rescue dogs and a plethora of other rescued animals, including five water turtles, 11 indoor cats, a rabbit and a parrot.
Murphy, a Matthews resident who works for Wells Fargo, has eight years of foster experience and owns three rescue dogs.
Because both women have been involved in foster and rescue for so long, they are thrilled to be founding their own nonprofit.
“It’s always been kind of a dream of ours to open a rescue group of our own,” Murphy said.
Through Faithful Companion Canine Rescue, Murphy and Cox hope to build a network of foster homes for dogs across the region. They want to give individualized attention, ensuring that the dogs they rescue receive the training and human interaction they need to become adoptable. Through their organization, the women hope to alleviate pressure from overcrowded shelters.
“The more rescue groups there are that are able to do this, the more lives we’re able to save,” Cox said.
Murphy and Cox hope to begin pulling dogs off the street Aug. 1. They plan to start small, with one to two adult dogs and two to three puppies, and let the network of foster homes grow from there. The nonprofit does not have a physical location, but has a post office box in Matthews.
The nonprofit will host a yard sale in October to cover start-up costs and is accepting donations of “anything and everything” to sell in the yard sale. The group also needs donations of dog and puppy food, toys, leashes and all things dog. Tax receipts are available.
Along with providing a network of foster homes, the duo plans to set up outside local pet stores to attract potential adoptive families. A home visit will be required before an adoption is finalized to make sure the dogs are being placed in safe environments.
Their ultimate goal is to “match (dogs) with the perfect family out there,” Murphy said. They also would like to stay connected with adopted dogs and their new families through pictures and updates, and they are even considering hosting a reunion every few years.
Both women are antsy to get out on the streets and into high-kill shelters to save the animals they both love so much.
“You get (to a high-kill shelter), you cry, you regain composure and then you get to work,” Murphy said. “We speak for the ones who can’t speak for themselves.”
Want to help?
To donate items for the Faithful Companion Canine Rescue yard sale, call Jodi Murphy at 704-208-6743 or Marie Cox at 704-996-9426. The yard sale is set for Oct. 5 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1810 Thornblade Drive, in
To learn more about Faithful Companion Canine Rescue, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The group’s mailing address is P.O. Box 2097, Matthews, NC 28106.