#005 – Tanya Willis: Dog Rescuer & Matchmaker

Tanya and I talk about a mutually favorite subject…DOGS! Beyond their puppy dog eyes and waggly tails, she shares how Agape Animal Rescue came to be, what it’s like to raid a dog fighting operation, and how inspiring it is when she’s able to find forever homes for rescues who simply want to be someone’s everything. What happened to dogs affected by Hurricane Harvey? What about Michael Vick? Did Gypsy find a home? All that and more.



  • 0:01:32 Roadside epiphany
  • 0:07:01 Self-education and growth of Agape
  • 0:09:38 A family affair
  • 0:11:06 How a rescue agency works
  • 0:16:02 Growth rate
  • 0:19:00 Current adoptables
  • 21:33 How it works
  • 30:09 Rescue fatigue
  • 34:23 Hurricane Harvey dogs
  • 47:18 What is it about dogs?
  • 1:03:11 Non-Profit Spotlight
  • 1:04:00 Michael Vick
  • 1:08:30 Meet Your Next Running Buddy event


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Learn more about Agape Animal Rescue at these links and social media profiles
List of current adoptables | Official Website | Facebook | TwitterInstagram | YouTube


For a look at Agape Animal Rescue’s currently adoptable dogs, visit this adoptables page.

Meet Your Next Running Buddy with Nolensville Running Club

We mentioned several photographs in this episode. See below.

Tanya Willis, founder of Agape Animal Rescue, with Mack…the golden lab who inspired it all

Tanya Willis, founder of Agape Animal Rescue, with her three dogs…(L) Mack, the Golden Lab who started it all, (C) William Wallace, and (R) Robert The Bruce

Tanya Willis cutting chains off pit bull during an Animal Rescue Corp (ARC) raid of an illegal dog fighting operation.

Our first family photo with Sundae in front of Nashville Humane Association sign in 2001.

Portrait of Sundae Delaney, O.S.P., our first rescue dog.

The day I met our second rescue dog…Dar Lynn Clementine

Clementine relaxing in repose like the darlin’ that she is.

Agape rescue Gypsy with her new family Elizabeth & Bart at puppy school graduation.

How Clementine passed the time during my conversation with Tanya



This episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight is, naturally, Agape Animal Rescue. You’ve heard Tanya tell about stories about the organization in this episode, and here’s some further info about their mission.


Here’s a list of products mentioned in our conversation plus a few additional favorites Tanya and I highly recommend for fellow dog lovers. These are affiliate links from which Collected Clan receives a small commission at no additional cost to you that offsets costs of producing these episodes.

A Dog’s Purpose [Movie]
Finally Free: An Autobiography by Michael Vick [Book]

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale [Movie]
The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel [Book]
One Good Dog: A Novel [Book]
The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs [Book]
The Dog Who Saved Me: A Novel [Book]
Where the Red Fern Grows [Book]
White Fang: 100th Anniversary Collection [Book]
The Last Will and Testament of an Extremely Distinguished Dog [Book]


#001 – Amber Williams: Model, Scientist, Dog Lover

Amber Williams talks about her experience as a model and wardrobe stylist, her professional career as a laboratory scientist, stem cell transplants, what it’s like to be single again in today’s modern world, plus our mutually favorite creatures…dogs.

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DNA Stylix: Decoding the DNA of Fashion

Amber and I met in 2007 during our first of several photo shoots together. Here are a few favorites from those shoots.



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