About Us

Our Story

Friends of Oconee County Animal Shelter, Inc. is an all volunteer nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting Oconee County Georgia’s open-admission animal shelter in a mutual effort to continually improve the welfare of the County’s homeless pets. Our goal is to provide material and financial support for critical care and medical needs along with animal enrichment for the dogs and cats in care of the shelter.

Meet the Team

Trina Rhyne, Secretary

Trina is married, has one perfect son and four dogs. She is a life long animal lover, but realized animal rescue was her calling after working with victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She has worked for and volunteered with municipal shelters and rescues in Charlotte, Asheville and now Oconee County, GA. When she isn’t saving something with four legs, you can find her drinking coffee with friends or doing CrossFit at the gym.

Nina Wingrove, President/Treasurer

Nina is a life long animal lover. Growing up in Texas she always had a variety of animals from dogs, cats, goats, ducks, rabbits and more. This fostered her love for animals and ensuring that they find safe and loving homes. She has been a volunteer with the Oconee County Animal Shelter since 2015 and works as the Office Manager for a small eCommerce business. Nina is happily married with two sons and two dogs. During her free time she enjoys cooking, watching football, spending time with her family and of course volunteering at her favorite animal shelter.

Kelly Sandefur, Board Member

Kelly is married, has two sons, two grandchildren, a dog and three cats. She and her husband, Bill, moved to Watkinsville five years ago to be closer to family who live in Athens. She is retired from the State of Georgia where she was a Business Processes Manager for the Department of Corrections. Her hobbies include golf, photography, and gardening. Her passion for both photography and animals led her to shelter photography where she hopes she can make a difference.

Ali Anderson, Board Member

Ali loves her job teaching math, engineering and technology to high school students, but her real passion is dog training. She has a special knack for connecting with and rehabbing fearful dogs. For the past 10 years she has worked with other dog behaviorists training shelter dogs to become service animals. When it comes to animal rescue, Ali does not discriminate. She and her husband bought a huge house in the country, so that they could accommodate all of their animals including dogs, cats, pigs, rabbits, rats, mice, ferrets, birds, snakes, geckos and a sugar glider.

Patricia Hall, Board Member

Patricia has always been an animal lover even before she could talk. Being born in to a family with two huge St. Bernard’s, she always believed dogs are family. Patricia originally studied Marine Biology in college for two years but ultimately ended up attending Animal Behavior College to become a dog trainer. She has furthered her experience and studies to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. Because Patricia has a soft spot for dogs in shelters, she has been a volunteer trainer at Operation Second Chance-Jail Dogs (Gwinnett County Jail) since 2011. She has made numerous TV appearances including Pit Bulls & Parolees on Animal Planet, CNN, NBC, CBS and monthly appearances on Good Day Atlanta on FOX5. Patricia lives with her eight rescued dogs and two cats. Her hobbies include dogs, dogs, dogs and travel.