Growing up on a small farm, with about every animal imaginable, I learned a lot about respecting animals. The first time I bottle fed a kitten I was 11, and my mother found some feral babies that she believed the mom had left behind. Shortly thereafter, a bunny came in our yard (giving birth to 9 babies on St. Patrick’s day) and died a few weeks later. So we had to bottle feed 9 adorable baby bunnies. So I had a good understanding of raising animals (of all kinds) from a young age. I grew up with dogs and cats as well (of course) and, although we did not have a lot of money, our animals were well cared for. I appreciate that my parents taught me about what a huge responsibility (and at times financial burden) pets can be.
For years, I have been bringing home strays and helping them to find homes; however, I have only been actually working in rescue since Sept of 2009, when I was asked to help a national rescue group with a local animal (I have a friend who is a rep in the south), and so the path was laid out. Unhappy with the restrictions placed on me by the group, I opted to start my own. I didn’t like that they only allowed me to rescue chained dogs, as there are all sorts of dogs in need and deserving of a second chance- so Recycled Pets NorCal was born.
Of course, it is not all roses and butterflies, I spend almost all the time I am not at work doing rescue in some way or another. I take in a lot of sick or special needs animals meaning I often miss sleep caring for them, and spend a lot of my paycheck as well. Sometimes dealing with people can be the most stressful and frustrating part; however, seeing animals transform from broken shells, or sick puppies into healthy dogs, makes it all worth while.
My own family consists of my husband and I, plus 4 dogs (Pit Bull / Rottweiler mix, chihuahua rat terrier, and 2 cleft palate frenchies) and a plethora of chickens . We have had everything from ferrets to water dogs, and I have even fostered Opossums, so I have an eclectic knowledge of animal husbandry.