Animals have been a part of my life since I was an infant. Growing up, I was incredibly fortunate to come from a family of animal lovers. My extended family included our dogs, Jake and Max, and our cats, Rags, Theo, and Kasey. The love and happiness I felt from their companionship was immeasurable.
Leaving home and going off to college was a challenging experience for me, because it was the first time I was without a pet of my own. I missed my animals so much that, for the first year, I had to come home at least once a month. It was at this point that I realized just how essential animals are in my life. To fill the void, I began pet sitting, fostering dogs and cats, and volunteering at shelters, zoos, and animal reserves. My work today still revolves around caring for animals, only now I have my 4-year old dog Bella—my pride and joy.
No matter what struggles I have faced, interacting with animals has been the one thing that never failed to lift my spirits. I believe animals are the best medicine, and I am excited to share that cure by way of Paws-To-Share.