Cats are an important part of my life and I am passionate about helping all cats live their best life. I have been around cats from the time I was born and have always made time to take care of them. They have taught me so much throughout the years and I want to give back by helping cat parents understand their feline companions better and support them in creating the ideal environment for them.
College was the first time I didn’t live with pets so I started volunteering with a no-kill animal shelter to get some time with animals. This helped with the stress of college life and also taught me so much about animal welfare. I started with just cleaning, laundry, and walking dogs. After 50 hours of volunteer service I was trained on walking difficult dogs, socializing cats, and monitoring the feral cat colony next door. This is when I realized that I want to work in animal welfare.
I graduated with a B.S. in Biology and moved to Durham, NC where I have been living, working, and volunteering for the last four years. This time I volunteer as a foster mom for cats and kittens. I started with mostly adult cats or semi-feral kittens. These cats came from the community, either abandoned cats or cats found outside. I learned more about the overburdened shelter system and the role euthanasia plays in keeping these shelters running smoothly. I moved to a rescue that takes cats from shelters instead of the community so that I could save cats from that unnecessary end. I have fostered over 35 cats and kittens in the past four years and I will continue to save cats from an unnecessary end for the foreseeable future. Fostering brings me so much joy and satisfaction.
I was inspired to take a course on cat behavior to help make my home calmer and more comfortable for my fosters who were often very stressed and scared. I had done a lot of things intuitively up until then and I wanted to learn about the science behind the old-wives tales I had followed. I have completed over 36 continuing education hours in cat and companion animal behavior with the help of IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants). I have obtained this experience and knowledge to increase my ability to help animals survive in the shelter system and I would like to share this knowledge with cats already in their forever homes. I do this in the hope of keeping cats out of the shelter system. There have been clients that put re-homing or surrendering as an option if the behavior did not stop and I am proud to say that I have never had a client that chose that option! I understand that there may be a case at some point where that will happen and I am open to working with the owner to rehome them in the most ethical way possible.
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I look forward to hearing from you,