"I spent my childhood learning respect and compassion for animals while growing up on a cattle ranch.
I was fascinated by animal behavior and training as a child and began training and showing dogs at 13 through the 4-H program.
During High School I discovered my passion for animal shelter work while volunteering at a shelter. After rescuing my heart dog, Chance, off of death row, I knew that I wanted to work everyday to save unwanted and abused animals.
I studied Animal Science at Kansas State University and animal training and behavior at Karen Pryor Academy. After college, I worked at Best Friends Animal Society where my passion and love for the no-kill philosophy was born. From there I became the Director of the Junction City/Geary County Animal Shelter in Kansas.
My biggest accomplishment while there was leading the shelter to no-kill status and fostering community support for the shelter and animals in need in the community.
My vision for Stray Hearts is to provide every animal that enters our facility the chance to become someone's loving companion.
I would love to see a day where there are no longer unwanted/abandoned animals but until then I will work every day to give them the life that they deserve.
I spend my spare time exploring and competing in agility with my four rescued dogs. I love any outdoor activity as long as my dogs can tag along!"