FOR many years one woman has gone above and beyond to care for homeless dogs in the Tamworth region. Jean Medlock has made it her life's mission to care for unwanted pooches and help find them a forever home. Now the animal welfare warrior has set up shop in a far bigger location after purchasing the Glen Ayr Boarding Kennels in Tintinhull. "Basically I was running out of room and wanted to expand my dog rescue operation," Ms Medlock told the Leader. "My friend Heather, who previously owned the business, was looking to sell and was struggling to find a buyer. "I threw my hat into the ring and surprisingly was able to buy it. "Honestly, I'm still pinching myself that it is all real." Read Also: The property on Porcupine Lane will act as not only a rescue shelter, but also a boarding facility for dogs of all sizes. "I opened everything up in late November and it has been going really well so far," Ms Medlock said. "So far, we have had all sorts of breeds come to stay here and we have been able to find a home for a few dogs as well. "What is really special is when a dog that I have helped find a home for comes back to stay in the boarding kennels. "I've seen a lot of dogs in my day, but you never forget them and the bond you form with them is always there." Support the local news that keeps you informed - subscribe today. Ms Medlock said she placed a lot of emphasis on every dog's long-term wellbeing after they left her care. "To me, it is very important you find the right home for the right dog," she said. "There's a bit of a misconception that every dog older than six months isn't worth adopting. "It couldn't be further from the truth, because older dogs often have outgrown their poor behaviour traits and become great companions." Have your say, send a letter to the editor. Every dog Ms Medlock rehomes is desexed, microchipped and registered before it leaves her care. "Those are three things I feel quite strongly about," she said. "By doing those things, you ensure the animal has the best quality of life possible after it leaves you. "Personally, I won't let an animal go until those things are done. "There is unfortunately a large number of stray dogs brought to me off the streets over the years - and I have a quite a few coming in this week. "Like all the others, I will be working hard to find them a home." For more information about adoption, call Glen Ayr on 6760 3394. Sign up to receive The Leader's breaking news and top stories straight to your inbox.