My passion for animal welfare has been lifelong, but I took a more active role improving the lives of homeless animals by volunteering at a small municipal animal shelter in January of 2011. Once I started, I got to know all the animals and became passionate about finding them homes. Without hesitation, I jumped feet first into working with mobile adoptions, the spay and neuter clinic, and even formed and led a committee to help organize the volunteers. It was a whirlwind of activity, and if I was not at my full-time paying job, I was at the shelter. That same summer, I took home my first litter of foster kittens, and it turned out they had some complicated medical issues. The medical staff at the shelter taught me how to take care of the kittens, and when they were all adopted out a few months later healthy and happy, I knew this is what I wanted to do. I took on more and more of the vulnerable cases and consequently learned a great deal about kitten and cat care. I eventually helped organize the foster program and focused my fostering to caring for neonate kittens that needed round-the-clock specialized care. Because of these babies, another major shift in my animal welfare story took place.
Candy, the former President of Petaluma Pet Pals, and I worked together A LOT at the shelter. When she saw me strike out on my own, she saw her opportunity to invite me to Petaluma Pet Pals. Candy and the Board of Petaluma Pet Pals was looking to energize the organization, and I had energy to spare! If I agreed to take on the directorship, I could also resurrect the rescue program. AND WE DID! From Fall of 2014, we recruited foster parents and volunteers and started pulling at-risk neonate kittens, cats and dogs from shelters all over California and as well as community assistance animals locally. We also continue to promote and improve the spay and neuter assistance program. I couldn't be more proud or more content than working with this wonderful group of volunteers and helping lead Petaluma Pet Pals into the future.
I live in Petaluma with my four extra special, totally spoiled cats, Peetie, Bently, Trouble and Sutey. I took another giant leap into Petaluma Pet Pals, leaving my 9-5 job in the fall of 2017 to setup and manage our new GREAT STUFF THRIFT STORE! And in, 2021 we opened Morti's Used Book Nook & Cat Adoption Lounge! We continually expand, and I couldn't be more excited. I am having tons of fun, and as usual, I am able to bring my bottle baby kittens to the Store so I can care for them and feed them every two hours. There is not a person in my life or anyone I meet, who I haven't tried to recruit to foster, volunteer or adopt, so beware!