Your favorite memory as a WRC is…

Military tours. I have been on 7 tours, to 15 countries, visiting the men and women who fight for our country, and it has changed my life. It’s a life experience that could never be bought, and I am forever grateful that WRC has given me those opportunities.



Tenure: 5th Year

Hometown: Annapolis, MD

College: Salisbury University

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Why I Give Back

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Couldn’t have said it better myself, Gandhi! One of my biggest passions in life, and something that I feel so strongly about, is the rescuing of shelter animals.

I started volunteering at my local shelter when I was in high school, and it changed my life. I quickly learned that it meant so much more than just cleaning up messes. The majority of animals that end up in shelters are strays or were given up. Volunteers are crucial in making sure that these animals are socialized, helping to improve their lives and chances of getting adopted. As you begin to work with an animal, whether it’s taking them for a walk, giving them a bath, or just showing them some love, you can see a change in their personality almost instantly. It’s the most rewarding feeling in the world!

I started volunteering for myself, but over time it transformed into something much bigger. What I put in; I get back ten-fold. When I volunteer, I know I’m helping make a difference. Not just to the homeless animals, but to the people who visit the shelter. Whether they’re looking for a new furry family member, turning in a stray animal, or surrendering a beloved pet, I do my best to make sure people and animals alike know the shelter is a safe place. I myself have always rescued, and I will continue to encourage people to adopt a pet instead of buying from a pet store or breeder.

I’m so grateful that I’m able to do something about this passion that I have for shelter animals. In a strange way, it completes me. If we all
started small by giving a little time in our communities, think about what kind of positive impact we could have all over the world.
If you can’t adopt, foster. If you can’t foster, volunteer. If you can’t volunteer, donate. If you can’t donate, educate and share. You can help save a life too!