Neil Coleman, Kennel Manager
Neil is an East coast native who came to Austin in 2007. His work with animals began on a volunteer basis while living in Mexico, where he ran his own restaurant in a sleepy beach town. A lifelong dog lover, he began rescuing street dogs in his spare time; nurturing them back to health, training them to adapt to domestic life and then finding them homes. Through this, he became involved with a like-minded group of animal lovers who needed assistance in organizing and funding spay/neuter clinics for the local dog and cat population. He organized and hosted several fundraisers through his restaurant, raised the necessary money and assisted in the clinics themselves once they got underway. The initial successes enabled the group to become a self-sufficient rescue operation that continues its fine work to this day.
Neil had planned to only make a quick stopover in Austin when he returned to the U.S., but has remained since. Having fallen in love with Austin’s pet-friendly vibe, he began volunteering at local shelters, and eventually discovered that his long-term goal was to train dogs for therapy. He was fortunate enough to cross paths with DogBoy’s Dog Ranch, who have welcomed him into their Training and Wellness Center and are helping him work towards his necessary certifications. He is currently serving as DogBoy’s Kennel Manager, which will further sharpen his dog behavior knowledge.
In his free time, Neil manages to balance a side career as a writer with the knowledge that he is the worst musician in Austin. His dog Linus and his cat Sid don’t seem to mind.