Cher Grindle McCoy

Cher McCoy

Title: Animal Behaviorist
Company: Lexington Pet Care Center
Location: Lexington, Virginia, United States

Cher Grindle McCoy, an animal behaviorist at Lexington Pet Care Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Business Owners for dedication, achievements, and leadership in animal care.

Since 1991, Ms. McCoy has owned and operated the Lexington Pet Care Center, where she works as an animal behaviorist educating pet owners and providing behavioral training for animals. Most of her work involves rehabilitating dogs with severe behavioral issues to prevent euthanasia, with the remainder coming from veterinarian referrals. She is also active as the director of training for Connection, Cooperation & Control in the state of Virginia, where she works with service dogs from shelters and persons with disabilities to ensure a strong, healthy, and lasting relationship between the dogs and their handlers.

Before entering the animal care field, Ms. McCoy worked for O-I Glass Company, becoming the first woman hired by the company. Following the death of her beloved German Shepherd, Ms. McCoy was inspired to transition to a career working with animals, and she was encouraged by her veterinarian to buy a pet store. Utilizing her bachelor’s degree in psychology, she specializes in addressing behavioral issues in dogs, cats, domestic birds and rodents.

Dubbed the “Dog Whisperer of Virginia,” Ms. McCoy has written numerous magazine articles about canine behavior and has an upcoming book about her pug, Sushi. She is active in advocating for animal welfare policy, and her work as instrumental in passing a Virginia state bill that changed the terms of felony animal cruelty to include nonfatal injuries. She is also active with Constituting America, which provides education about the U.S. Constitution; holds membership with the Virginia Federation of Republican Women and the National Federation of Republican Women; and co-hosts a political podcast for The Valley New Media Project. With no immediate plans to retire, Ms. McCoy intends to continue training, counseling and providing pet education for as long as she is able.


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