What is your position with The Pet Project?
I became an at-large board member with The Pet Project in June of 2015, after Dr. Christa Williams stepped down from the board. So far, my duties have involved providing veterinary insight, brainstorming with the board, helping with fundraising, researching, and helping with anything else that needs some work.
How did you learn about The Pet Project?
From 2011-2012 I was the president of VeTouch (Veterinary Treatment Outreach for Urban Community Health). VeTouch a non-profit organization that provides free basic veterinary care for low or no-income families. The demographics of people that we were able to help overlapped some and that is when I first became aware of The Pet Project.
Tell us about your personal animals.
My wife and I love animals—especially dogs and cats. We always adopt from rescues/shelters. Our dog breed mix of choice has a blocky head, short coat, and is excellent at cuddling (pit bull type dogs). Our cat mix of choice is vocal, sassy, and food motivated (almost every cat in the world??).
What do you do when you’re not helping The Pet Project?
I have been a member of Citizens for Minneapolis Animal Care (CMAC) for several years. That group focuses on working with the Minneapolis City Council and Minneapolis Animal Care and Control (MACC) to change policies to make Minneapolis as animal friendly as possible. I was heavily involved in changing MACC’s adoption policies so that pit bull type dogs (as well as other frequently banned breeds like Rottweilers, Mastiffs, etc.) would not be discriminated against because of their appearance and could be adopted to the public based on the merits of their personality. My other interests include veterinary medicine, dog behavior, knitting, playing board games, reading and spending time with my friends and family.