Terri’s Dog Styling School Has A Heart For Helping Animals
As a pet boarding and grooming school, Terri’s Dog Styling School clearly has a heart for animals. But the staff’s love of animals stretches beyond the school’s walls -- and into the greater Quad Cities community. Founded in 1978 by Terri Gleize, Terri’s Dog Styling School has grown from a simple pet boarding and grooming facility to a fully fledged school, teaching students as far as Burlington how to run their own grooming business. When Terri retired in 2006, then-pet stylist Melissa Stalkfleet took over the business. But Terri remained highly involved in the Quad Cities community.
As the director of the homeless shelter King’s Harvest Ministries, Terri has helped establish many charitable programs -- many of which (to nobody’s surprise) involve helping animals.
With the assistance of Terri’s Dog Styling School, Terri has been able to head up efforts such as a pet food bank, a low-cost spay and neuter program, and, most recently, the King’s Harvest Pet Rescue. “Homeless people were having to choose between freezing to death or giving up their pets in the winter,” recalls Terri. To prevent them from making that difficult choice, King’s Harvest opened a temporary animal shelter that would care for people’s pets until they were ready to take them in again.
When Melissa and her staff aren’t busy boarding, grooming, or teaching at Terri’s Dog Styling School, they assist with these other animal-friendly efforts. It seems they just can’t get enough!
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