Vanessa Kearney, a product research specialist in the buying services department at Replacements, Ltd. is an animal lover extraordinaire who has a veritable menagerie of pets! Besides being the proud owners of four dogs and two cats, Vanessa and her fiance use their spare time to promote animal rescue and responsible pet ownership, and raise awareness about the importance of having pets spayed or neutered. They both also volunteer with a local pit bull rescue.
“Cynthia Elizabeth Williams-Sonoma” or “Lizzie” is the newest pit bull in their pack, and was adopted from Carolina Care Bullies. Having a full house already, they were not looking for another dog, but Vanessa fell in love with Lizzie as soon as she saw her and adopted her that day! “Although she came from a neglectful home, she is the most caring, loving, and attentive dog,” Vanessa said. Lizzie comes to work with Vanessa a couple of days a week, and her trademark “bully” smile has quickly become popular among coworkers. “During trips through the building, she often stops to be petted and promote the positive attributes of the breed,” Vanessa said.
The other dogs in Vanessa’s family include “ Valentino,” “ Danky,” and “Baxter.” Valentino, or “Tino,” is a three-year-old pit bull who was also rescued by Carolina Care Bullies. He was found abandoned in a vacant lot, taken in by animal control and put into the adoptable program. Although they originally took him in only as a foster dog, Vanessa and her fiance eventually couldn’t bear the thought of Tino with another family. “Weighing in at 80 pounds, he is a big dog, but he is terrified of the vacuum cleaner!” Vanessa said. Danky, a fourteen-year-old pit bull, has been Vanessa’s fiance’s “wing man” since he was a puppy. According to Vanessa, Danky spends most of his time sleeping and trying to coax sausage biscuits from unsuspecting humans. Baxter, a ten-year-old jack russell terrier, is the smallest, most vocal dog, and the boss of the pack. “Due to the bad rap that pit bulls have received in the media, people are often leery of the big dogs when visiting our home,” Vanessa said. “But I’m always quick to warn houseguests that little Baxter is the real threat!”
Rounding out their family are their two cats, “ NotFotsKitty” and “Catherine Zeta Purr-Biscuit” or “Zeta.” NotFotsKitty acquired her distinctive name from Vanessa’s daughter, who was three at the time. “My daughter loved the neighbor’s cat, ‘Spot,’ and when a similarly colored kitten appeared, she kept bringing the kitten inside. I told her repeatedly that this new kitty was ‘not Spot.’ Three-year-olds often mispronounce ‘f’s and ‘s’s so ‘Spot’ became ‘Fot’.” After much begging from Vanessa’s daughter, NotFotsKitty was officially adopted. NotFotsKitty, now eight-years-old, enjoys sleeping and terrorizing Danky. Zeta, a four-month-old polydactyl (six-toed) cat, was adopted from a local animal shelter. Vanessa has always been a cat lover, so when her fiance gave her the green light for a kitten, she took measures into her own hands. “Zeta" is still learning the ropes around the house, but purrs happily whenever she hears my fiance’s voice,” Vanessa said.
When asked what she most likes about the Replacements, Ltd. pet-friendly policy, Vanessa said, “I feel blessed to work for a company that values the relationship between humans and animals. It is such a stress reliever to look under my desk and see Lizzie sleeping away on her bed.” When asked about working at Replacements in general, Vanessa said, “ I love working for a company that cares about the whole person. Replacements offers so many unique benefits. They promote family well-being and encourage employees to give back to the community.”