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Posted July 12, 2017 at 11:16 AM Under "Everything else!"
Welcome to Maddie's Pet Forum!

Please take a moment to introduce yourself by answering these three questions:

  • Where are you from? (city, state, organization, etc.)
  • What do you do? (your job, volunteer position, life's calling, etc.)
  • If you could be ANY animal, what would you be and why?

And feel free to be creative!

  • December 09, 2019 at 08:17 AM

    Hi Everyone! Alittle late but atleast i made it! Im Carmen and i am the Marketing Coordinator for Fearless Kitty Rescue in Fountain Hills Arizona. As for what animal i would be...thats easy a house cat that is spoiled rotten and loved beyond measure.

  • November 25, 2019 at 03:55 PM

    Hey, guys! I'm bit late to the forum... currently wrapping up a semester for a grad certificate and finals prep hasn't left me a lot of spare time.

    I'm Tracy, currently living in Palm Beach County, FL but working as a vet tech at Broward County Animal Care in sunny Fort Lauderdale! My calling has always been in the animal welfare industry. I started out in wildlife rehabilitation and transitioned to domestics about 10 years ago for financial reasons. Hustling to complete my current enrollment in UF's Veterinary Forensic Science certificate program so I can nudge my shelter towards starting our own animal cruelty task force (fingers crossed I can turn that dream into a reality with the next couple of years)! If you could be ANY animal... I'd love to be a wild mustang, I suppose. Living the good life surrounded by friends and trampling through open fields, mountains, valleys or wherever else I wanted on my own schedule. Yeah, that sounds nice.

  • November 05, 2019 at 05:59 PM

    I just joined the forum, though I’ve been on ‘the app ‘ for a couple months. I volunteer at the Willamette Humane Society in Salem, Oregon. I started here a year ago, helping in the Spay and Neuter Clinic. Then someone asked if I could foster kittens!

    I’m fostering my second litter. I like the olde kittens, those already on solid food. I love helping these fluff-balls develop loving personalities well-suited to forever homes.

    If I could be any animal, I’d be a unicorn, but they don’t exist, so I’ll have to go for a sea lion, because who wouldn’t want a life of sunny rocks?

    • November 06, 2019 at 09:07 AM

      Welcome to the forum, Beth. Thank you for volunteering and fostering kittens and helping those little fluff balls get ready for their homes!

      I love sea lions but I don't know -- are you sure unicorns don't exist? thinking face unicorn face winking face

  • October 21, 2019 at 12:27 PM

    I have just jointed the forum - and although I was born in FL & lived 29 years overseas I now reside in a very small, rural town in upstate South Carolina as a retiree. To make friends with like interests I began volunteering for a private rescue group when I moved here 10 years ago. Because this small but effective rescue can only serve its county & there is a dire need for TNR in surrounding counties with the same problem of stray cat overpopulation I founded Stray Cat Outreach.

    As a 3 woman show we TNR (556 since March 2018) & provide emergency medical for strays. We also pull young kittens for our adoption program & are foster based, non-profit, no-kill.

    Of course I'd be a cat if I could be any animal, what a silly question :) Why? Who wouldn't want 9 lives!

    • October 25, 2019 at 10:51 AM

      Welcome to the forum! Thank you for seeing the need in your community and creating Stray Cat Outreach to address it. Congratulations to your small but mighty team!

      Your answer to what animal would you be if you could be any animal is spot on! I can't believe no one else has mentioned the added benefit of having 8 additional lives. smiling cat-face-with-heart-shaped-eyes

  • September 13, 2019 at 08:58 PM

    Hey all! My name is Mike, I am Executive Director of Resilient Hearts Animal Sanctuary in Seattle, WA. We are a newly established rescue (May, 2019) that have officially rescued 2 pups from TX. We are a team of three people with years of rescue experience between us, but we've barely gotten our feet wet with our own rescue. For fun, I'm a dog walker with my own business, which allows me to pay rent while hanging out with my 2 personal dos :) I have always wanted to be a red tailed hawk. Something about them is so majestic!

    • September 16, 2019 at 10:18 AM

      Great to have you in the forum, Mike. Thanks for joining!

      Congrats on establishing your new rescue. If you have questions or need help, our forum members are a great resource. Wishing you great success!

  • September 12, 2019 at 06:24 PM

    Hi everyone, I'm Rachelle I'm currently an Animal care Specialist at the county shelter in Fort Lauderdale Florida. I Have strong love for animals even tarantulas which I own. My major goal over the next few years is to build a strong bond with our local rescues so we can become a large circle organization of releasing animals from the shelter environment, into homes and fosters as quickly as possible. When this becomes a success I plan on becoming a national trainer and speaker. Maddie's fund is assisting me by granting me the opportunity to make my first small step. If I could be any animal id be an eagle or a falcon either way still pretty FLY. eagle

    • September 16, 2019 at 10:15 AM

      Welcome to the forum, Rachelle. Glad to have you here. I love your goal and that you said "when" this becomes a success, not "if"! With that attitude, I see you doing great things!

  • September 04, 2019 at 08:20 PM

    Hello, I live in Florida and am a caregiver to a loved one. So right now I'm not working outside of the home.

    I love all animals, and nature. I'm a big dog lover and will always have a special place in my heart for German Shepherds. Right now we don't have any pets but that is because of our circumstances, not because we don't want one (or two.)

    At one time, I was a volunteer at an animal shelter and loved the work I did there. I spent time with the dogs. It was a no kill shelter so most of the dogs there were older dogs, many with health issues and they were the breeds that people don't want or aren't allowed to have where they live (Pitt Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, etc.) I fell in love with all of them.

    I was a caregiver to a loved one once before and during that time did volunteer work for the Alzheimer's Association. I did a lot of fundraising for them, and helped raise awareness in the community about all the different programs available for caregivers and their families. I enjoyed the work, the creative process, the challenge and meeting so many people.

    Today was the first time I've ever heard about Maddie's. I'm looking forward to learning more about everything Maddie's does.

    • September 09, 2019 at 12:09 PM

      Welcome to the forum, Kate's Mom! So glad you found out about us and Maddie's Fund. Have fun exploring!

  • August 10, 2019 at 06:31 AM

    I'm from a small town on the coast of Georgia named Darien. Humaine Animal Resource Team (HART) mission here is low-cost spay-neuter assistance. We have a business buying & selling antiques, collectibles and historical memorabilia and donate to their thrift store and take care of a feral cat colony (30 cats). HART has been instrumental for capture and release of the colony. I'm hoping this forum will be a resource for ideas for proven techniques for making dogs & cats lives better in our community. Fundraising for access to food & medical care and the occasional hurricane threats are the most challenging needs.

    I'm an avid swimmer, so I'd like to be a wild bottlenose dolphin is some idyllic tropical location.

    The dog in my photo is Nanny. She's the most wonderful dog I've ever encountered. She is to me what Maddie was to Dave & Cheryl Duffield.

    • August 12, 2019 at 10:55 AM

      Welcome to the forum, JSLittlefield! Thank you for being the lifeline for so many feral cats and supporting HART's efforts. Nanny is beautiful and obviously loved dearly by you. Maddie would be proud. heavy black-heart

  • July 26, 2019 at 07:14 PM

    Hello. I am from northern Michigan and currently live in Tucson, Arizona. I retired from a long career working with individuals with disabilities. I volunteer at the Pima Animal Care Center with a primary focus on working with under socialized dogs in our “Decompression Program.” I currently have two dogs that graduated from our decompression program.

    • August 12, 2019 at 10:48 AM

      A belated welcome to the forum, Quickig! I love that your focus is on undersocialized dogs. It's so rewarding to help these sweet dogs learn how to become comfortable in their world. Thank you for all you do!

  • July 24, 2019 at 04:56 PM

    Hello all. My name is Hannah, and I'm from Portland, OR. I work in Development for the Oregon Humane Society. My job title is Annual Giving Coordinator, and my primary task is creating and coordinating the four direct mail appeals that we send out every year. I also write acknowledgment letters, email appeals, postcards, and lots of other things. As far as I can tell, this is really my life's calling because I love my job.

    If I could be any animal, I would be a capybara because they are friends to all other animals!

    • July 24, 2019 at 05:21 PM

      Welcome, Hannah! I love OHS -- your team does such a fantastic job! I can see why you love your job.

      About 13 or 14 years ago in my corporate career, before I started in the animal welfare field, I spent one day a week working in Portland. I was fortunate enough to get a private tour of your shelter. I remember being amazed at how quiet and clean it was. The staff, volunteers and animals all seemed happy. I think that experience made me realize how far shelters had come. It was the first time in my life that I enjoyed visiting animals in a shelter setting. In hindsight, I think my visit to OHS inspired me to make the career change five years later. I still receive OHS's emails and love your team's creativity.

      Thanks for all you do! Keep up the outstanding work!

      • July 25, 2019 at 09:52 AM

        Thank you so much for the kind words, Kim! We're very lucky to have a city that's passionate about animals, and we're well-resourced and have great leadership that is always looking to innovate. I'm so glad we had such a positive impression! Please come by and visit the next time you're in town.

  • July 23, 2019 at 08:26 AM

    Hi Everyone, I'm from Los Angeles CA, and I volunteer in the LA City Animal Shelter cat room, helping with adoptions and cat/kitten care. I've also fostered & socialized feral/semi-feral kittens to get them ready for adoption. I also am a Facebook admin for a site that tries to save cats and kittens in danger of euthanasia--either because their time is up at the shelter, or they're feral and getting taken to the shelter, or underage, etc through networking for Rescue placement. We raise pledges, network & look for fosters and adopters on the Facebook page (Southern California Cat & Kitten Rescue Network). I'm still working full time, but hope to soon have more time to spend doing more to help, and also to learn more about cat behavior. If I could be any animal I'd probably be a polydactly cat (ideally in a great home that gave me treats!) :)--because hey, I'd have thumbs!

    • July 24, 2019 at 10:16 AM

      Lisa, your reason for being a polydactyl kitty made me laugh. grinning face-with-smiling-eyes So true!

      Welcome to the forum and thanks for everything you do for the kitties in Southern California!

  • July 14, 2019 at 12:06 PM

    Hello! I am from Rosenberg, Texas (west of Houston) and I am the Community Involvement Coordinator for Fort Bend County Animal Services). We are an open admission municipal shelter that takes in about 4000 per year.

    I manage the programs for adoption, rescue, foster, volunteer, transport, social media, print media, fundraising, community outreach and engagement and am the co-founder of 2 501c3 organizations for the shelter and sit on the board of a 3rd.

    I would like to be one of my own dogs - totally spoiled, completely waited on hand and paw!

    • July 16, 2019 at 03:50 PM

      Thanks for joining the forum, Barbara. I'm not sure how you even found time to register -- your second paragraph says it all! Wow, you are a busy woman. Thank you for everything you do to help the animals in your community!

      So sweet that you'd be one of your own dogs. Must mean they have it reeeaally good (as they should!) grinning face

  • July 01, 2019 at 09:57 AM

    Hello. I am from Springfield, Tennessee and work at Beesley Animal Foundation (Beesley Animal Clinic) as Foundation Administrator. We are a low cost spay/neuter clinic that also provides wellness services. We do community outreach to help assist those underserved in our neighboring counties.

    I also rescue, rehab and rehome animals and am anadvocate to help strengthen animal welfare laws.

    As far as what animal i would be...i think it would be a wolf. They are intelligent and resourceful and also are loyal to their pack and care for everyone in their pack including the aged and youngsters.

    • July 16, 2019 at 03:46 PM

      Welcome to the forum, Dawn! We're glad to have you here!

      Thank you for all you're doing to help the animals in your direct care and advocate on behalf of animals by working to strengthen animal welfare laws. You're a hero!

  • June 28, 2019 at 01:35 PM

    I am from Tucson Arizona and volunteer at Pima Animal Care Center. I am a retired physician. I am the caretaker of two rescue dogs whom I love dearly.

    If I could be any animal it would be an elephant. They are so intelligent, adaptable, extremely social and nurturing of their herd. I have has the privelege of doing some research on elephants in the wild and have observed them in the wild on safari. The youngsters are so playful and curious. It is heartbreaking what has been done to decimate the population of this extraordinary animal.

    • July 16, 2019 at 03:42 PM

      Thanks for joining the forum, Fabia and volunteering at PACC!

      How fortunate you are to have been able to research elephants in the wild and observe them on safari. They're so darn lovable! And I'm with you -- completely heartbroken about what's happening to the elephant population. broken heart

  • June 28, 2019 at 01:03 PM

    I am from Tucson Arizona. I am retired. I am a Pima Animal Care center volunteer.

    • July 16, 2019 at 03:38 PM

      Welcome to the forum, Shirlyn! Glad to have you here.

  • May 29, 2019 at 10:35 AM

    Hi! I am from Oro Valley, AZ. I am still working full time, but I will retire at a soon-to-be time. I have two kitties right now, Nola is 9 and Mimi is 15. I have never formerly fostered, although I have given many animal companions a home. For some reason if you adore animals people think you can take care of theirs when they can't or no longer want to. When I lived on acreage it was like that! Now there's an imposed limit because I'm renting or it would still be a thing. I love animals and appreciate them so much!

    If I could be any animal... I might be a raven. The ravens I see glide through the air and stay in their pair or continue to fly alone if they have to. I've always thought of ravens as the "watchers", they notice anything unusual and let the other animals know. Where I am in Arizona the legend is ravens are the ancestors, the carry the spirits to watch over the land and keep it safe. It's funny in a way, because while other people are talking and always paying attention that I'm the one who points out the wildlife or the clouds...

    • May 30, 2019 at 01:42 PM

      Welcome to the forum, Kissamew and congrats on your looming retirement! I know exactly where Oro Valley is. I went to high school at CDO. Small world, right?

      Those ravens are incredible beings. So intelligent. I see what you mean about them being watchers. Love that you're a watcher, too!

  • May 24, 2019 at 11:46 AM

    I'm from Cambridge, MA. I'm a writer. I'd be a Congo Potto (a breathing ball of fur in the daytime, but who can imagine what it does at night?).

    • May 30, 2019 at 01:52 PM

      Welcome to the forum, Zdenek! Thank you for teaching me about an animal I didn't even know existed. I had to look up the African Potto -- very cool creatures.

  • May 23, 2019 at 10:00 PM

    Hello, I'm Fantashia. I currently live in florence, south Carolina. Im from Boston, Mass. I sometimes volunteer at the MARION animal shelter when I have time. Currently I'm fostering 3 6week old kittens from the humane society in Florence. I currently have a 4 year old pomeranian named Queen Nefertiti and a 3 year old mini rex bunny named Anubis.

    • May 30, 2019 at 01:45 PM

      Welcome, Fantashiah! Your foster kittens, bunny and Pom are adorable! Thanks for sharing their pictures and thanks for fostering those little munchkins. Glad to have you in the forum!

  • May 23, 2019 at 04:20 PM

    Hello, I'm Jennifer and I work full-time for a shelter and veterinary clinic in Massachusetts, kennel worker/adoption counselor and receptionist, started November 2018. Finally doing what I've wanted to do my whole life 😊

    • May 30, 2019 at 01:43 PM

      Welcome, Jennifer! Glad to have you join us in the forum. So happy for you that you've landed in a position that speaks to your heart!

  • May 15, 2019 at 01:22 PM

    My name is Tom Daley. I'm originally from the Los Angeles area, but my family moved to Texas when I was 12. Therefore, when I talk to anyone from California they think I'm from Texas and anyone I talk to from Texas thinks I'm from California. I foster both dogs and cats for an organization in the Dallas area called Passport4Paws. We rescue code-red animals from local shelters.

    I am the Lead Senior Technician for Network Security at T-Mobile. I am currently on medical leave of absence from my job. Fostering helps save their lives and they have helped save mine as well. It's really sad to think of all the animals that lose their lives and I hope we can bring more attention to this issue and find more fosters and rescues as well as get the word out to the public about this disgraceful killing of wonderful companions that plague our communities.

    If I could be any animal I'd be...a human. Being any other animal my life would mostly be eat, sleep, avoid predators, and walk around naked all the time. Hmmm. Maybe that wouldn't be so bad.

    • May 16, 2019 at 12:04 PM

      Tom, your response to what kind of animal you'd be made me laugh. I'm pretty sure you're the only one who said human but your reasons are pretty legitimate. LOL!

      Welcome to the forum and thank you for being a foster caregiver for dogs and cats. We think Foster is the Future so you're a superstar to us!

  • May 06, 2019 at 02:51 PM

    Hello my name is Michelle and i am the founder of Little Black Cat Rescue in Cairns, Far North Queensland, Australia. I started my little foster group to help with the kittens, teens and cats left behind in the pound. The blacks and tabbies are often left, with the pretty ones finding placement in other groups much easier.

    My little group also specilises in neo care, with 5 highly trained carers, which includes 3 vet nurses.

    We are self funded. My group is also supported by my stockfeed and pet supply business (which is great for my foster carers to have support in the way of litter and food).

    • May 09, 2019 at 12:55 PM

      Thanks for joining the forum, Michelle. So nice to see a friend from Down Under!

      Love that your group focuses on the left behind kitties! smiling cat-face-with-heart-shaped-eyes

  • May 06, 2019 at 12:59 PM

    I'm Mary From Yakima humane Society in Yakima, WA. I am the Volunteer Programs Coordinator.

    I would be a Hummingbird.

    • May 20, 2019 at 06:57 AM

      Volunteer programs coordinator. That’s awesome. We need one at our shelter. I would have to do it myself. Can you tell me more about your position? What all you do and how you do it? That would be so helpful. Thank you. Vicky in Kansas

    • May 09, 2019 at 12:52 PM

      Welcome to the forum, Mary! Those hummingbirds are amazing creatures. Every time I read about them, I'm astounded at what those tiny little bodies can do!

  • May 06, 2019 at 12:14 PM

    Im Kevin from Save One Soul Animal Rescue League out of Rhode Island. Im their IT person, an adopter, foster, transporter and event volunteer.

    • May 09, 2019 at 12:51 PM

      Hi Kevin! Thanks for joining the forum. You're a jack of all trades! Thanks for everything you do for Save One Soul Animal Rescue League. person raising-both-hands-in-celebration

  • May 05, 2019 at 11:42 AM

    Hello, I'm Jennifer Angelucci, President and CEO of Paws Crossed Animal Rescue Inc. in Elmsford, NY (about an hour from the city)! Excited for the opportunity to be here!

    • May 06, 2019 at 11:09 AM

      Welcome to the forum, Jennifer! Glad to have you here!

  • May 03, 2019 at 06:06 PM

    Hi I am Patty, I live in SE Wisconsin. I do not belong to a group, but have done TNR and have taken many kittens off the streets in my community with the help of a wonderful vet tech. I had two former indoor ferals, but had to say goodbye to one March 25th because of an illness. Two and a half weeks later a tame kitty shows up here skin and bones. I am in the process of trying to save her.

    • May 06, 2019 at 10:56 AM

      Hi Patty -- Welcome to the forum! Thanks for taking care of the kittens in your community and being an advocate for them. I'm sorry for your recent loss, it's never easy. disappointed but-relieved-face I think your new kitty showed up on the right doorstep. Best of luck to you in nursing her back to health!

  • May 03, 2019 at 12:50 AM

    Hi! I’m Christie Rogero, Program Manager of The Jackson Galaxy Project at My primary work at JGP is running the Cat Pawsitive program.

    • May 06, 2019 at 10:52 AM

      Welcome, Christie!

      Love your current Cat Pawsitive National High Five Day Contest. Can't wait to see the winners. You've got so many good entries already. I just love it when kitties give high fives!

      If anyone's interested in submitting their best high five kitty video, the contest is open until 5/16!

  • April 30, 2019 at 10:44 AM

    Hi! I am Debbie. I founded SRL Inc (All Breed Dog Rescue 20#'s and under) in Minneapolis KS 11 yrs ago.

    • May 01, 2019 at 08:46 AM

      Thanks for joining the forum, Debbie!

  • April 28, 2019 at 09:23 PM

    My name is Juli and I'm a shelter veterinarian in Chula Vista. I've worked for San Diego County Department of Animal Services, and now the City of Chula Vista since 2004. I'd be a pegasus.

    • April 29, 2019 at 10:27 AM

      Welcome, Juli! Thanks for all of the countless number of animals who you've helped over the years in San Diego and Chula Vista!

  • April 27, 2019 at 09:33 AM

    Hi All,

    I'm Libby and I currently live in Encinitas, CA and have been here for 13yrs but I will always be a Chicago girl. Currently I am a KPA-CTP and the Behavioral & Training Specialist at Rancho Coastal Humane Society and do a little of everything from pulling dogs from other shelters, creating behavior and enrichment plans to adoption counseling and volunteer training. I have been at Rancho Coastal for almost 13 years. Internally we call ourselves the Disneyland of shelters since we are blessed with great property, volunteers and staff.

    If I could be any animal I would be a Grizzly Bear because they are fierce, live in the woods, have no predators (other than man) and take loooong naps. Sounds like a good life. :) Thank you Maddie's Fund for being here for us!

    • April 29, 2019 at 10:24 AM

      Thanks for joining the forum, Libby! I love that you call your shelter the Disneyland of shelters -- sounds like a wonderful place to be! And ahh yes.... long grizzly bear naps do sound pretty good!

  • April 27, 2019 at 07:36 AM

    I'm Jessie, I'm a volunteer with Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan (RPSM). I started volunteering with them in 2012. RPSM has a prison dog training program where inmates train 14 dogs every 10 weeks. I do a lot of the stuff on the computer..listing dogs, postings on our Facebook page, process adoptions online, etc. If I were to be any animal, I'm not sure what I would want to be, so many choices.

    • April 29, 2019 at 10:23 AM

      Welcome, Jessie! Thanks for joining the forum and for all of your volunteer work with RPSM!

  • April 26, 2019 at 12:28 PM

    Hi everyone, my name is Patty and I'm a volunteer at DAWS (Danbury Animal Welfare Society) in Connecticut. I'm a dog walker/socializer who's been loving my volunteer time with some amazing dogs and fellow volunteers for the past 6+ years now. If I could be any animal I would be an elephant. I fell in love with elephants when I was a child and my big bucket list item is to volunteer in Thailand at an elephant sanctuary, I just have to find the time to get there.

    • April 29, 2019 at 10:21 AM

      Welcome to the forum, Patty! I hope you get to check that off your bucket list. Sounds amazing!

  • April 26, 2019 at 12:24 AM

    Hi!! My name is Joy, but I am also known as Dadaw (sounds like Mamaw, but with a “D”). I live in Jacksonville, FL & I just adopted a young Brindle Pitt mix. His records stated he is 2years old, but the worker at JHS & I feel he is just a little over 1 year, by the way he acts. He’s very sweet & extremely smart, yet determined & somewhat stubborn. He has certainly won me over, like no other canine has been able to do, since the passing of my previous pet more than 5 years ago. He brings me a lot of joy!! ❤️

    • April 29, 2019 at 10:17 AM

      Hi Joy/Dadaw! Welcome to the forum and congrats on your new family member!

  • April 24, 2019 at 07:53 PM

    Hi, I'm Alexis!

    • I'm originally from Howell NJ, but now I live and work in Pittsburgh PA at Humane Animal Rescue.
    • I'm the Foster Program Manager at HAR :) I also volunteer at a small animal rescue on the side - Mainely Rat Rescue.
    • I would be a Pangolin. They are just bad-??? real life Pokemon, and I'm here for that.
    • April 25, 2019 at 10:08 AM

      Welcome, Alexis! I had to look up a Pangolin. They're so cool!!! Like a cross between a sloth and a roly poly bug. Thanks for opening my eyes to the world of Pangolins.

      P.S. Here's a really cool website about Pangolins:

      • April 26, 2019 at 07:45 AM

        That is a great website for facts about them! I really like their reference article at that bottom that refers to Pangolins as "sentient artichokes", haha.

  • April 24, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    San Jose, CA

    I have 3 dogs, a bunny & a horse

    • April 25, 2019 at 10:05 AM

      Welcome to the forum, neighbor! You're in our neck of the woods (Maddie's Fund is in Pleasanton). Love that you have all sizes of furry friends in your family!

  • April 20, 2019 at 12:28 AM


    I'm Rick, I'm at Orphans of the storm in illinois.

    I am the shelter manager

    If I could be an animal....hmm, does a teddy bear count? Big growly bear but totally cuddly and loving!

    • April 23, 2019 at 09:46 AM

      Thanks for joining the forum, Rick! Of course a teddy bear counts, especially if it's cuddly and loving!!

  • April 18, 2019 at 01:06 PM

    Hi! I'm Raya Greenbaum with Best Friends Animal Society. I'm originally from around Wichita, Kansas, but roam happily nowadays and work as the network digital resource specialist for Best Friends. I've always loved communicating and connecting with others, and find my job of sharing lifesaving resources with animal welfare advocates to be a dream.

    As for what animal I would love to be... I have to say a Manta Ray. They are pure magic to me, and words fail to describe the bliss of being near them.

    Excited to meet and collaborate with even more compassionate people here!

    • April 23, 2019 at 09:45 AM

      Welcome to the forum, Raya! So happy to have you here. Thanks for the support you provide to animal welfare advocates to increase lifesaving!

      I think you're the first person to say Manta Ray -- you're right, they are pretty magical. Watching them glide through water is pretty mesmerizing!

  • April 11, 2019 at 07:35 PM


    My name is Krista

    From Arlington, VA

    Foster for the "Kitten College" at Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA)

    I would definitely want to be a 🐈 cat! Plus my sign is ♌ Leo!

    • April 12, 2019 at 11:11 AM

      Welcome to the forum, Krista! And thank you for being a foster to the itty bitty kitties!

  • April 11, 2019 at 06:46 AM

    Happy Thursday!

    My name is Sandra, I live and work in Oklahoma City with the Oklahoma Humane Society (formerly Central, we are rebranding). But I don't live at work, although it would be super easy to do. I'm the Director of Clinical Operations, therefore, if it's a medical program within OK Humane, it's my responsibility.

    If I could be any animal, I would be any one of my dogs (a Boston, Cattledog, and a mixed breed). They are well loved and I think that's what everyone wants in life anyway.

    Thank you Maddie's for providing this platform and so many forums. I can't wait to dive in!

    • April 12, 2019 at 11:09 AM

      Thanks so much for joining the forum, Sandra! We can't wait for you to dive in either!

  • April 10, 2019 at 08:26 AM


    My name is Madeline and I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! I am the Pet Helpline Coordinator at Humane Animal Rescue. This is a brand new position at our organization and I am really excited to hit the ground running. I was previously an admissions counselor.

    If I could be any animal I would be a Bernese Mountain Dog like my own personal dog, Daphne. She is majestic and loving in every way. If I could be just like her I would be a pretty happy camper!

    • April 12, 2019 at 12:35 PM

      If you need staff training for pet retention, Maddie's University has a free online apprenticeship. It's five classes long, but the first class also works well as a standalone. It's called Shelter Staff as Crisis Counselors. Students can listen to audio samples of conversations between shelter staff and owners. It helps staff respond in a non-judgmental way to owners who are considering surrendering their pets and offer owners hope. The apprenticeship also has a strong behavioral component, for talking with owners about how to deal with specific behaviors. You can find it in the Maddie's Apprenticeship section of

      • April 13, 2019 at 10:50 AM

        This is amazing! Thank you for bringing it to my attention. We will also be working to get volunteers to help us out so all information is super helpful!

    • April 10, 2019 at 11:45 AM

      Awww, I love those Berners, too. Welcome to the forum, Madeline!

      I love that your organization has dedicated resources to a Pet Helpline Coordinator. Keeping pets in homes and out of the shelter/rescue in the first place is a game-changer! All the best to you in your new position!

  • April 04, 2019 at 10:44 PM

    Hi, I’m Amanda, I’m 25, and I’m from Scranton, Pennsylvania. I’m a stay at home cat mom to Pumpkin (4 years in June) and Freddie (8 weeks 4 days - I just adopted him). My family also has a sweet Yellow Lab, Jack (just turned 12 years old).

    I graduated from Penn State in December 2016, and I really wanted to go to grad school to become a research librarian. Unfortunately, life had other plans; I’m unable to work or go back to school due to chronic illness. My pets give my life so much meaning, and I’m happy to be a cat mom.

    I used to want to be a hummingbird, owning the freedom of sprite-like flight and sucking sweet nectar from beautiful flowers. Now, I know I would love to be a cat. Cats are beautiful little aliens. They don’t always trust easily, but when they do you get an amazing companion. They are so graceful, even when they’re not, and their speed and stealth is amazing. They also sleep most of the day, and I wish for their peaceful slumber. So, definitely cat, or Flerken for any Captain Marvel fans out there. 😁

    • April 05, 2019 at 10:41 AM

      Welcome, Amanda! I'm sorry to hear about your illness but glad that you have Pumpkin, Freddie and Jack to surround you with love. Congrats on your new addition, Freddie!

      Thank you for teaching me what a flerken is. I googled it and now I understand why you said cats are beautiful little aliens. So cool that a flerken looks like an ordinary cat to us but are SO MUCH MORE! I think I need to see Captain Marvel now. ;)

  • March 27, 2019 at 08:56 AM

    From Long Island, NY originally, but now at Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission in Milwaukee, WI.

    I am the Executive Director and Humane Officer.

    I would be an Orca. I love wearing black, love the ocean, love to hang with my family and I am totally a type A(for Apex) personality!

    • March 27, 2019 at 10:27 AM

      Welcome, KSpar! Orcas rock...and your reasons for wanting to be one are spot on! LOL

  • March 27, 2019 at 05:16 AM

    Tiffani Hill from Glynn County Animal Control in Brunswick, GA aka "The Golden Isles". I'm the manager - in 30 years in animal welfare, this is my first municipal and my first animal control shelter. Native southern Californian who married a southern veterinarian :) Trying to figure out how to bring SE GA out of the dark ages from a responsible pet ownership perspective. I'm also the Bunny Lady - started the first rabbit rescue between Atlanta and Gainesville, FL (an 8-hour gap). Would I want to be a bunny? Only if I could be a house rabbit :)

    • March 27, 2019 at 10:25 AM

      Welcome to the forum, Tiffani! Thank you for looking out for the bunnies!

  • March 26, 2019 at 03:48 PM

    Hi Everyone!

    My name is Amanda!

    • Where are you from? Walnut Creek, California - Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) with the Pets and Vets Program
    • What do you do? Pets and Vets Program Coordinator. I do a little bit of everything, intake dogs specifically for the program, work with fosters, help with the adoptions and a lot of random little things.
    • If you could be ANY animal, what would you be and why? If I could be any animal I would to be a bird so I would no longer have to deal with traffic :)
    • March 27, 2019 at 10:20 AM

      Welcome to the forum, Amanda! I'm laughing right now after reading your animal choice. I lived in the SF Bay area for 15 years so I completely understand the desire to be anything that keeps you out of traffic! smiling face-with-open-mouth-and-tightly-closed-eyes

  • March 26, 2019 at 07:42 AM
    • Denise Liske - Willseyville, Tioga County, NY
    • Candor/Berkshire/Richford/Newark Valley Dog Control Officer
    • Nichols Deputy Dog Control Officer
    • AngelEyes Animal Rescue & Wildlife Rehabililation Administrator
    • NYSDEC Wildlife Rehabilitator
    • Tioga County Animal Response Team (TCART) Coordinator
    • Wolf - Excellent Intelligent & Amazing Intuition / Instinctual Need For Freedom Yet Dedicated To Their Pack
    • March 27, 2019 at 10:19 AM

      Welcome, Denise! Wow, you've got a lot of experience. Love that you worked with both domestic animals and wildlife. Thanks for all you do!

  • March 24, 2019 at 09:59 AM

    Hi my name is Lyndsey!

    • Where are you from? SPCA of Tompkins County (Ithaca, NY)
    • What do you do? A little bit of everything - Primarily veterinary assistant, but also sometimes adoption counselor and on-call emergency animal control. I would like to improve our dog foster program as right now it is geared towards puppies and not adult dogs... So possibly Dog Foster Coordinator in the future!
    • If you could be ANY animal, what would you be and why? I would like to say dog, but honestly probably a free fed house cat. That way I could sleep, play, eat, etc. whenever I wanted!
    • March 27, 2019 at 10:17 AM

      Welcome to the forum! I hope the resources already shared in the forum help you on your path to improve your dog foster program. Search "foster care", "foster", "foster manual" to find previous discussions and resources. Good luck!

  • March 14, 2019 at 10:44 AM
    • Where are you from? Paws Humane Society - Columbus, GA
    • What do you do? Manager of Volunteer Services
    • If you could be ANY animal, what would you be and why? I would be one of MY dogs b/c they have the BEST life and are loved and spoiled beyond belief!
    • March 15, 2019 at 11:52 AM

      Anitra, your pups are adorable!! two hearts

      Welcome to the forum!

      • March 16, 2019 at 05:53 AM

        Thank you, Kim! I agree! hugging face

  • February 19, 2019 at 04:14 AM

    I’m Colleen with the nonprofit Friends of Oakland Animal Services (FOAS), and a dog volunteer at Oakland Animal Services (OAS). I socialize hard to place dogs, train volunteers, fundraise, and help at our free spay/neuter clinics in Oakland, CA. My life’s calling is saving the underdogs and spay/neuter. If I could be an animal I’d be an otter and play play play all day.

  • February 17, 2019 at 07:21 PM

    Hello, my name is Sarah and I am originally from California, but currently live just southeast of Omaha, Ne. I am the volunteer coordinator for Town and Country Humane Society, but I really enjoy hanging out with the animals. I always say my own dog Dixie is my "spirit animal" as she has the same personality as me but in dog form!

  • February 10, 2019 at 08:56 AM

    Hi! My name is Sandi Petee and I am the Outreach Coordinator at the Humane Society of Hobart in Hobart, Indiana. My position is a catch-all position: Volunteers, Social Media, Events, Fostering, Fundraising and whatever else comes up! I have been involved in animal welfare as both an employee and volunteer for over 25 years. I have two human teenagers, 3 dogs (Shepherd mix, Schnauzer mix and black pug), two cats and a revolving door of foster cats and kittens. Animal Welfare is my passion as well as my job and has been my whole life. If I could be any animal I think I would be a whale or a dolphin because I am a scuba diver and love the water!

  • February 04, 2019 at 12:37 PM

    Hi! I am Amanda Rice with Asheville Humane Society in Asheville, NC. I am the Relocation Coordinator. Outside of work I have 3 human kiddos, 3 fur kiddos and one reptile.

    If I could be any animal I think I would be a Panda Bear. panda face

  • January 12, 2019 at 12:47 PM


    My name is Shanna and I am the Foster, Spay & Neuter Coordinater with the Friends of Madera Animal Shelter in Madera Ca. All 3 positions are fairly new but I have high hopes to implement a new and improved foster program to our small community and shelter with the help of this wonderful program.

    As to what animal I would like to be I guess it would have to be either a bird or a sea turtle.

  • December 07, 2018 at 01:02 PM

    Good Afternoon! My name is Lisa, I am an Administrative Assistant at Pitt County Animal Services in Greenville, NC. If I could be any animal I would be a Sea Turtle, because I love the beach and the ocean.

  • November 27, 2018 at 01:11 AM

    Hi, I'm Walt from Miami. I like small animals very much and I am a volunteer.

    • November 27, 2018 at 01:24 PM

      Hi Walt! Welcome to the forum! waving hand-sign Where do you volunteer at?

  • September 19, 2018 at 04:57 PM

    Hey y'all!I'm Amy Owen, from Marshall, TX. I am the Vice President of our non profit, Friends of Marshall Animals. Currently, I am also taking over the foster program, help plan all events, fundraising and anything else that needs done. I teach 3rd grade, and if I was an animals, I would either be a dog or a dolphin.

  • September 19, 2018 at 11:11 AM

    HI everyone. My name is Candyce. I am originally from Seattle, Washington. I have been in the Orlando, Florida area for roughly ten years. During this time I realized what I truly am passionate about, and that is animal welfare. I worked at Disney the first 7 years I was here, doing everything on the spectrum of ESPN Wide World of Sports and runDisney, so I have a great background in Customer Care and Event management. I was lucky enough to land a job at Pet Alliance a little over 3 years ago, and I have been on cloud 9 ever since. I have had a few different roles at Pet Alliance, but my current title is Customer Care. That being said I do several things at Pet Alliance including playgroups, transport trips, community outreach, employee appreciation committee, safety committee, and training committee.

    If you could sum up my life it would be Family (including my dogs), beach, beers, playing games, and football. I spend almost every Sunday during the season watching football as I am an avid Fantasy football player and just love the sport. I do appreciate all sports, but football is my favorite. I love going to the beach with my dogs, and trying different different beers at breweries. Speaking of, I have three dogs. Schooner is my labradane male, Tripel is my lab hound mix from a transport trip I went on to Miami to get dogs from Puerto Rico, and Hops is the white mix of who knows what from a different transport trip I went on to get dogs coming from St. Thomas.

    If I could be any animal in the world I would be a wolf. I LOVE dogs, but I think it would be neat to be a wolf and be part of a pack and run wild in the wilderness. Their free spirits and the pack mentality are appealing to me.

  • September 14, 2018 at 11:25 PM

    Hello I am new to this room my name is Monical I'm living in Midlothian, Tx Im am a CNA loving working the elderly I just adopt my second dog/ fur baby from forth amimal shelter and I m loving them l. Me adopting them is saving my life my girls are grown so it's just me now I have them to keep me movitated and in good spirits everyday

  • August 19, 2018 at 07:29 PM

    I am from Chicago, Illinois! My name is Jo Dee Sharps Walsh but in the animal and children's world, I prefer "jojo."

    A friend of mine looped me in to do some volunteer development work for AnimalVILLAGENM which is a large, NO KILL, rescue & adoptions center. So now I'm hooked! My self-given title is " Volunteer Development Coordinator."

    If I could be any animal I think I might choose a well - loved cat.

    Thanks all!

  • August 10, 2018 at 08:18 PM

    Hi! My name is Debbie Clark and I am the Grant Administrator for Bridge to Home Animal Rescue. We are a foster based dog rescue in Eighty Four PA. If I could be any animal, I would like to be a golden retriever. I adore goldens, as well as Labs.

  • August 07, 2018 at 12:09 PM

    Hello Everyone, my name is Kathy McCloskey and I'm from Peoria Arizona but grew up in a tiny town in the Northern part of New Jersey. I currently volunteer and foster for an amazing local rescue by the name of Fearless Kitty and I am working on building my own rescue. We have the land and now we need to start building! It will be one heck of a ride I'm sure but I look forward to it as this work we do is my passion and my inner peace. I hope to be able to turn to the forums here when I need advise, info, or just a nudge in the right direction!

    Any animal, huh? That's a tough one because I always wished I had the grace and agility of the cat but the beauty, strength, and swiftness of the horse would be amazing too. Let's split it down the middle and spend 6 months a year as a cat and six months as a horse!

  • August 01, 2018 at 08:51 AM

    I'm Julie Madden, from Alabama. My husband and I co-founded Encore Enrichment Center for Shelter Dogs (Anniston, Alabama). We pull 4-6 dogs each day from local shelters and bring them to our Center. We work with the same dogs for 2 weeks so we have time to fix basic behavior issues like leash pulling and jumping. We also work with shy dogs - some of those come back a number of times. We also do nose work (I'm a certified NW instructor), socialization, baths. and pictures to share on social media. We thought we were going to have a quiet retirement but after volunteering at local shelters for several months, we were moved to try to do something more for the dogs. Shelters in rural north/central AL don't have much in the way of time or space for enrichment! If I could be any animal I guess I would be a dog - so I would finally know what they were thinking.

  • July 27, 2018 at 09:57 AM

    I volunteer at local shelter, Durham, NC. I have only been active there for about 1 year. I am a member of the "Cat leadership Team." My personal specialty is providing music played on CD in the cat rooms when I am there. I introduced it. I also am also trying to initiate a "cat retention" program and am seeking any advice how to proceed. What best practices, etc? Communicating with cats is my specialty. This is done in a way that socializes them almost immediately.

  • July 24, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    My name is Nancy and I'm the manager of the Menominee Animal Shelter. We only handle dogs and cats and are located in the very bottom of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan right on the Wisconsin boarder. We take animals from both Menominee, Michigan and Marinette, Wisconsin. We average about 1,300 animal a year.

    I have been employed here for 15 years and the manager for 13. I always wanted to be a vet, but couldn't afford to go to collage for that. But now I know why. I wasn't meant to be a vet, I was meant to be right here where I am.

    If I were to be an animal, I think it would be a Vulture. Sounds weird, i know. But really, they are beautifully created birds. And not too many people hunt them. LOL

  • July 14, 2018 at 05:44 PM

    Hi all! I'm Heather Carr living in Naples, FL. I've been a volunteer photographer for several years with my local organizations and started fostering kittens a year ago with our county shelter. I couldn't love it more! I'm always looking to expand my knowledge in all areas of fostering, promotion and shelter photography!

  • June 30, 2018 at 10:17 AM

    Hi my name is Christy Bear from Rebel Rescue in Victoria, TX. I am the President of Rebel Rescue and we are all volunteer.

  • June 26, 2018 at 06:04 AM

    My name is Kym Cyr. I live on Martha's Vineyard in MA. I work full time as a secretary for Special Ed in the school system. I'm the founder, Director of a non profit, no kill, cage free animal rescue, Second Chance Animal Rescue since Dec 2005. The rescue is based out of my home. I lived in South Carolina for 15 yrs and saw the tremendous need for the animals. When I moved back to the Northeast, I felt a tremendous urge to continue to help the South. We pull from high kill shelters and are working with other agencies to help the animals. We do the cats, kittens, pups and dogs. We have everything spayed and vaccinated before transport. We are a small group but we are devoted to finding the best family for each of our animals. We've met many people due to social media and have become friends even thou we've never met. To know other people have the same heart is incredible.

  • June 26, 2018 at 05:26 AM

    My name is Lisa Pearce and while I'm originally from Southern California, after living in many states and raising my three children, I am happy to call Charleston, SC home now. Having been in the non-profit world over the years, I am feeling blessed to be working with Charleston Animal Society as grants administrator. Although animal welfare is new to me, I bring all I have to the table when lifesaving and cruelty prevention is in the mix! I truly believe that a more humane society begins with caring for our most vulnerable, no matter two legs or four.

    If I could be any animal is a tough one to answer. A bird of some sort. To fly would be amazing, soaring freely and enjoying beautiful trees, scenery, and sunshine. Can you tell that I spend most days indoors at a laptop? Ha Ha!

    Happy to be a part of this generous and dedicated community. You all amaze me with your kind stewardship of animals.


  • June 25, 2018 at 11:54 AM

    I'm a freelance medical copyeditor and live in Albuquerque, NM. I volunteer for a local rescue, NMDOG (;, that serves the chained, abused, and forgotten dogs of New Mexico. I'll have to get back to you on what animal I'd be. Probably a big cat of some kind—although I volunteer for a dog rescue, I'm basically a cat person. :-)

  • June 25, 2018 at 01:36 AM


    I am a Registered Nurse, but I am currently taking time off to raise my two adopted kids. I volunteer with a local Border Collie Rescue as they Intake/Foster Coordinator. I am from Omaha, NE. If I could be any animal it would definitely be a Border Collie. They are loyal, smart, energetic and loving.

  • June 22, 2018 at 04:04 PM

    Hey there! My name is Matt, and I most recently completed an amazing Executive Leader Fellowship at Charleston Animal Society. The fellowship was provided by Maddie's Fund, and I had the incredible opportunity to learn from some of the best in animal welfare in the no kill community of Charleston (the city and the County of Charleston), South Carolina.

    One of my core values is building meaningful relationships; everything is propelled forward by them. And one of my core specialties is organizational development.

    I am a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator, and have been a leader in animal welfare since 2009. Please message me if you would like to get to know me or my skills better--I am currently searching for the next great role in animal welfare leadership!

    Thank you for everything YOU do every day to save more lives and make the world its safest, most compassionate self.


    Matt Chan, CAWA

  • June 21, 2018 at 01:10 PM

    Hi Kim!!

    Nice to 'see' you again! I'm sure we'll bump into each other again in real life, though I'm over in New York state now.

    -Amy D

  • June 17, 2018 at 09:43 AM

    I am the director small foster based rescue, West Jersey Volunteers for Animals, in South Jersey, outside of Phildelphia. We have been together for almost 20 yr. starting out volunteering at a private shelter that had contracts with about 15 towns. We got our 501c3 in 2000 officially. And we were able to support the medical needs for the dogs and cats The Euthanasia rate was terrible in the beginning and adoptions were to just about anyone. We were able to change policies and helped the dogs find better homes, that matched their needs. Euth rate went down. We also started enrichment and walking programs and doing events. We all learned so much about the shelter system, especially the negative. We were all hands on from scooping poop to cleaning kennels, to sitting with animals when they were Euth. The shelter closed in 2006, and we got 98% of the dogs and cats adopted before hand, and took a few with us, and went out on our own. It was an experience I will never forget, and will treasure, even though it was so stressful and emotional. We learned so much and were so lucky that the owner of the shelter loved us and our help.

    What animal would I be? Dog, Horse, Swan, Robin, Dolphin? Really hard to say, I want to say an animal that is safe or respected, and not hunted. Very hard question to answer depending on where the animal lives. I guess that is a weird answer. Sorry.

  • June 16, 2018 at 06:49 AM

    Hi. My name is Cindy Shotwell. I’m the founder & Exec Director of a foster based rescue called Must Luv Dogs. I live just a few miles north of Baton Rouge Louisiana. I’m a retired legal professional and long time volunteer & and animal advocate. Still Married to my high school sweetheart. Mother of 3 grown sons. Military mom (my youngest son is USAF pilot). Have 2 grandsons. Mom to 5 pups (2 rescues & 2 foster failures). 2 Rescue cats. I’m an artist & poet (when I have time). Lifelong learner (currently learning guitar & 2nd language). I travel a lot to visit 2 of my sons. One in Chicago & one in the military. As to my calling, I live in a part of the country where there is zero animal control. No animal ordinances or animal control officers. My team & I routinely rescue dogs off the street and rural highways where they’ve been dumped & discarded. I knew rescue was my calling a very long time ago l but never dreamed I’d be doing it full time at 54 & for free! Lol. I see many of you are professionals in this area. I need guidance in a lot of areas, but will try my best to keep my questions to a minimum lol. My husband says he wants to come back in his next life as one of my pups so I guess that’s what I’d choose!

    PS. I need suggestions on where I can get training to do behavioral training!