Tracy Gilmore worked at a life insurance company for 15 years. Now, she’s working to ensure that animals have a good life and home.
The new Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter director says her main goal at the Colbert-Danielsville Road facility is to reduce the number of animals that must be euthanized at the shelter.
“The biggest long-term goal for me is to turn the euthanasia rate around to where we are not running so full all the time and having to euthanize as many animals,” she said.
The self proclaimed “Marine brat,” who was born in California, lives in Jefferson with two mini schnauzers she rescued and a hound dog she had on a foster basis before adopting for good.
After Gilmore was laid off from her life insurance job, she decided to follow her passion — animal rescue.
She went back to school to become a veterinarian’s assistant and she volunteered with the Gwinnett and Jackson County Humane Societies, before finally applying and receiving the Madison Oglethorpe Shelter position, which she took in late March. She said she has fostered 50 to 60 animals over the years.