A decade ago, the Hickory Farms Farm in South Carolina was just a trailer park and a small operation.
But now, the farm is a sanctuary and a breeding ground for hundreds of animals that were taken in by its owners in 2013.
“When the dogs left, it was like, ‘Oh my gosh, we’ve got to get those dogs back,'” said Melissa Bickett, who has spent nearly a decade working at Hickory and the South Carolina farm, where she raises hickories and produces meat from them.
“But when we found out that there was a group of young men who wanted to bring in dogs from the outside, it became a way to bring them in.”
The dogs were part of a group called the Kennel Club, and when Bicket heard about the project in an email from the Hickories Farm’s director, she was thrilled.
It would allow her to help some of the animals she has raised for more than a decade and eventually provide them with a better life.
“We are the most animal-friendly business in South Florida,” she said.
“The dogs were not dogs.
The dogs are cats.”
Bickets husband, Dave, was one of the Kennels Club’s founding members.
“It’s a great idea,” Dave Bicketts said.
The Kennels have an annual event called “Animal Week” in which they bring in dozens of animals.
During this year’s event, a group was introduced to Bickette by an acquaintance.
“I thought it was cute,” she remembered.
“He said, ‘I love dogs.
What do you want?’
And I said, I don’t know, ‘Can you help me out with a dog?’
And it was a beautiful little pup, but I think he just wanted a friend.” “
That was the first dog I brought in.
And it was a beautiful little pup, but I think he just wanted a friend.”
Bicks husband is the owner of three dogs, a Labrador retriever named J.B., a large dog named T.J., and a pit bull named L.T. He has spent the past two years raising the dogs.
He said he was not at all aware of the breeders group until he started to hear about it, and he is proud of the dogs and their work.
“When you look at the work they are doing, it’s just wonderful,” he said.
It’s also not the first time the Kennell Club has tried to bring animals into the fold.
In the 1990s, the group brought in some dogs to help with an outreach project at a pet store in North Carolina.
“One of our staff members got a call from a woman who said, you have an exotic dog that you can bring to this store,” said John DeGusto, a Kennels spokesman.
“She was absolutely thrilled when she saw that it was L.L. and he was a good-looking little dog.”
DeGuster said that Kennels clubs have also started offering animals to the public for adoption.
“Every year we do a lot of adoption for a few of our dogs, and it’s always a positive experience for our staff,” he told The Washington Times.
“A lot of these animals are wonderful pets.
They’re really happy and they love us.”
In this image provided by the Kennells Club, a dog walks on the dog run at Hickories farm.
A couple sits in a car at the end of a stretch of the trail at Hickys farm.
In this May 7, 2018, file photo, a sign hangs at Hickies farm announcing the start of the dog drive.
Dogs can be trained to be part of the program, and they are allowed to live at the Hickys and use their property, but they cannot breed, and must be given a license.
The animals are allowed in the community but not in the barn.
They are allowed outside and in the yard, but must remain at a distance of 100 feet.
(AP Photo/Hickory Farms, Robyn Beck, File) “The Kennels club was always concerned about the health of animals,” DeGusting said.
They had the idea to take them in after hearing about the dogs at a local shelter.
“They were just living with their dogs and they didn’t have any dogs,” he added.
The first of the group of dogs was born on the farm, and by the time the group was outfitted with a kennel, Bicketers husband and she were planning to keep the dogs in a barn.
The plan came to a head when they were told by the shelter to euthanize the animals.
“If they were a dog, they should have died in the wild,” she recalled.
“What would have happened to them if they were still here?
That’s the thing that I really think is important about this project: It’s not a problem that we have to solve in the future.
It was just one more step in