Nancy Hopwood

Nancy Hopwood, Adoption Facilitator

Nancy began volunteering with Agape almost from its inception by fostering one dog at a time. Initially she started fostering as a way to save a few dogs that might not otherwise have a chance to live. However, it soon became apparent to her that each dog came with a different personality, different problems and certainly a wide range of coping skills. Through her early months as a foster parent Nancy’s passion for learning more about dog behavior grew as she witnessed that dogs who have been abandoned, neglected, or physically hurt needed much more than love and good food if they were going to make good family companions.

In 2005 a young Australian Shepherd mix that she named Topaz came into her life. Having spent most of her life on the streets and terrified of everything, Topaz seemed unreachable, no matter how hard Nancy and her husband tried. It was Topaz’ deep emotional fears and Nancy’s desire to do everything she could for her emotionally scarred foster dogs that got Nancy looking for answers anywhere she could find them. She started out reading everything she could get her hands on, going to workshops, and seminars and asking lots of questions. Nancy started learning about dog behavior and also learning how to think like a dog. In fact, the more she learned the more she wanted to know, and the more she wanted to share what she was learning with others.

So it was a natural fit that in May of 2008 Nancy began sharing the knowledge she had gained with others and started writing DogSpeak for the Agape newsletter, a column dedicated to helping people better understand their dogs and form a better relationship with them. In July of 2008 Nancy became an Agape board member and served until 2014. She continues to support the Agape dogs through her extensive rehabilitation and training skills and is an Adoption Facilitator.

Nancy live with her husband Frank, her dogs Sandy, Molly and Topaz and Emmy the cat. They have two grandchildren, Gracie and Matty, who visit often and enjoy helping with the dogs.

Nancy dreams of the day when all dogs are wanted and none are thrown away.