The Oxford Eagle
Rachel Hall, a senior at the University of Mississippi, wants to start her own animal rescue organization after graduation. Hall, who is studying marketing and business, will graduate in May.
“I have been fostering animals my whole life and continued doing that when I came to school here,” she said. “I realized after my freshman year that starting my own organization for animals is what I wanted to do.”
Hall grew up in Texas, and her family has fostered animals for as long as she can remember.
“It is such a good feeling giving these animals a loving place to stay and putting them in a loving environment,” she said. “When a family is found for them and you know they are going to a permanent home that they deserve, there is no better feeling in the world.”
Hall was not able to foster animals when she was a freshman because she lived in a dorm that does not allow pets. She said it was hard because she was used to having animals in her house.
“Once I finished my freshman year of college, I found an apartment that allowed pets because I knew I had to start fostering animals myself,” she said.
Meredith Barnes, Hall’s roommate, is a UM junior, who met Hall when she was a freshman.
“When I met Rachel, I knew that we would become best friends through the love of animals that we both have,” she said. “She told me that she wanted to foster animals, and I said when I get out of the dorm room, I would love to live with her and have animals around.”
Barnes is a business major, who wants to continue fostering animals after graduation.
“I would love to be able to work with Rachel someday,” she said. “She told me about her plans to start her own animal rescue organization, and I just loved that idea.
“Being able to give back is one of the best feelings I have ever had, and I want to continue that for as long as I can.”
Hall and Barnes are researching and creating plans to start their organization after graduation.
“My family in Texas does as much as they can there, and I would love to go to a place where animals need the most help,” Hall said. “I am still doing my research, but I know I will find a place that I think will be best for me to start this organization.”
Hall’s family continues to foster animals as much as they can.
Hall’s mother, Andrea Hall, said she loves that her daughter’s passion for animals has continued through college.
“I am so proud of her for having the courage to do something that can be so big,” she said. “This shows me how big her heart is, and that is so wonderful.”