Who we are

Meet the Founders

FOUNDERS
The McPhails

Teddy & Friends was inspired by Teddy, the McPhail’s beloved pet.  Raised in Hendersonville and now retired here, Fritz McPhail wanted to find a way to give back to the local community of Hendersonville.  

Driven by the innocence and unconditional love that animals offer us, it is only right that we offer them the same in return.  Pets touch our hearts and change us forever.

 Help us change a pet’s life, and change yours in the process!

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Eva Cruz-Schultz

I fell in love with the Western North Carolina mountains during a visit to Biltmore Estate more than 20 years ago, never dreaming that one day I would call this beautiful region home. My husband, David, and I relocated from Michigan in the Fall of 2006 and have never looked back.

I have been an animal lover my entire life. I grew up taking care of everything from birds to squirrels! My first official rescue was a feral cat I named Garfield when I was 15 years old. I have been rescuing ever since.

I currently share my home with David, our beautiful daughter Bailey, three dogs, three cats, and a mouse. We are never without a foster and, as a family, we love nurturing and preparing these fur babies for their forever homes. It’s common to find Bailey pushing one of our rescue dogs around town in a stroller. Our family is all in and we love serving our Henderson County community.

While I am passionate about all animals, I have a special place in my heart for the seniors who have been abandoned and just need love during the final years of their lives.

Working for an animal rescue that provides real change is a lifelong dream. I am honored to be a part of Teddy & Friends Animal Rescue. Together we can make a difference!