When Kevin and Meaghan Henry were searching for business opportunities this summer, JDog Junk Removal & Hauling ticked off all their boxes.
Aside from an appealing business model, it was the company’s devotion to veterans that struck a chord with the couple.
JDog requires that local operators be veterans and family members of veterans. Kevin Henry served five years active duty as an AV-8B Harrier Avionics technician in the Marines at Cherry Point, and he liked the idea of being able to help his fellow veterans.
“After I got out of the Marine Corps, we went to New York for 10 years,” Kevin Henry said. “I was working for the Department of Defense making artillery that was being utilized by the military. … I didn’t really help the war effort as much as I could when I was in Cherry Point, but when I went to New York, I was putting things in a box with the paint still wet that was going to Kuwait.”
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Though it’s not required, the Henrys have a policy that they only hire veterans. Meaghan Henry worked with homeless veterans when living in New York.
“There are far too many homeless veterans,” Kevin Henry said. “We can do our part to help out a veteran down on his luck.”
JDog opened Oct. 30 in Willow Spring. It is a full-service junk removal company that takes pride in being on time and showing respect to its customers.
“We clean up after ourselves, and it looks better when we leave than when we came out,” he said. “If the customer is elderly or disabled, we will ask if we can do anything else for them. We will rearrange things to help them.”
The bulk of the business is removing large items that the owner no longer wants. After removal, JDog determines whether the item is no longer usable. Goods with some life left are donated to an organization that benefits veterans.
“We try to keep as much as possible out of the landfill,” Henry said. “We just did a clean-out of a house in Oxford and got two beds out of it. We knew of a couple in need of beds so we gave the beds to them.”
They also do light hauling.
“We move furniture, appliances … anyone who wants to donate something large but has no means to take it, we will move it and bring them back a donation receipt,” Henry said.
JDog continues the military theme with a camouflage-wrapped truck and trailer.
“Customers should know that we’re different,” Henry said. “We’re not the run-of-the-mill operation you don’t know. Both of our profiles are on the JDog website. We’re not going to just come in there and track mud through their house and take grandma’s rocking chair to the dump.
“There’s sentimentality even when they throw things out.”