Woof Pack Team

Meet the dedicated team of animal lovers that make up Woof Pack Pet Services of Boone, NC!

Melissa Helms- Founder and Trainer

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My name is Melissa Helms, but feel free to call me Mel, most people do! I am the owner of Woof Pack Dog Hotel and Lucybelle’s Lodge. I am also the head trainer for Woof Pack. I am originally from Winston- Salem, North Carolina and I moved to the High Country several years ago. I graduated from Appalachian State University and loved Boone and the High Country so much I never left! I really love being around all types of animals and I currently have 7 dogs and a cat, each with a very unique personality. You can check them out on the Full Time Woof Packer’s Page!

Animal Behavior College – ABCTD Dog Trainer
Animal Behavior College – Mentor Trainer
AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
Therapy Pets Unlimited Evaluator
Therapy Pets Unlimited – Regional Director for North Carolina
Association of Pet Dog Trainers Professional Member
C.L.A.S.S Canine Life and Social Skills Instructor
C.L.A.S.S Canine Life and Social Skills Evaluator
The Family Dog Private Trainer



Hi, my name is Hannah, I moved to Boone in 2016 from Waxhaw, NC to pursue a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Appalachian State University.  I am passionate about the care, training, husbandry, and enrichment for all animals; fur, feathers, or scales.  I have received training and earned certifications in reptile first aid and handling, with a focus on venomous and crocodilians. I am the proud parent of an adolescent Shiba-Inu mix named Daisy, who is filled with spunk and energy; and Goose, a talkative goof of a Siberian Husky. I am thrilled and honored to be a member of Woof Pack.

Gillian Bridges – Guest Relations

My name is Gillian and I am originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina but I moved to Boone in 2015 to attend Appalachian State University. During my time at App I studied Exercise Science and Spanish. I
hope to one day combine my love for animals with my passion for helping people by working with
therapy and or service animals. I found my passion for dog training when I enrolled my puppy, Bowie, in
one of Melissa’s puppy kindergarten classes. I have been working with Melissa since 2018 and am
excited to continue to learn from her.

Annette Waters


Hi! My name is Annette Waters and I am going into my senior year at Appalachian State University with a degree in History Education and a minor in Holocaust studies. I have a 14 year old kitty, Baby, who has shown me how intelligent and loving cats can be. I have also been fostering a sweet staffordshire terrier, Thor, who has shown me how to love animals on a completely new level than I did before. I plan to adopt Thor fully once I graduate. My love for animals expands to all creatures, and I hope to one day open a wildlife rehabilitation center from my home to help enter animals back into the wild after injuries or destructed habitats.