Our Team

Allan Frank

Allan Frank, DVM | Medical Director

Dr. Frank received his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Maryland and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Gregorio Araneta University, Philippines, in 1979. He built and started Hunt Valley Animal Hospital in 1984. Today, the Hunt Valley Animal Hospital is a modern, state of the art animal hospital catering to the needs of our prized family pets. Dr. Frank is a member of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association and the Baltimore County Kennel Club. Though Dr. Frank is a general practitioner, he has special interests in dermatology, gasteroenterology, urology, cardiology and has been performing minimally invasive surgery for several years. Dr. Frank has acquired his advanced medical and surgical skills through the completion of continuing education courses in rhinoscopy, cystoscopy, laparoscopic exploratory surgery, endoscopy, colonoscopy, transcervical insemination, transurethral collagen implantation and laparoscopic-assisted gastropexy (a life-saving procedure to prevent gastric torsion). Dr. Frank also has learned advanced techniques to surgically repair elongated soft palates in brachycephalic breeds.

Outside of work Dr. Frank enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Dr. Frank is owned by his German Shepherd, Maverick and English Bulldog, Axel. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Frank likes to cycle through northern Baltimore County and fly fish. He is an avid fan of the Baltimore Ravens and Maryland Terrapins college basketball! He is on hiatus of showing dogs right now, but it has been a big part of his life.

I’d/I/I’ll: I’d rather be in Colorado, but my heart is in Baltimore! / I Love ‘Dem Crabs Hon! / I’ll never quit Veterinary medicine

My First Pet: Laddie – a mixed Collie that was the most loyal dog. He would walk to school with me and he would be there when I got out!

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Kenny Loggins – This is it. It is the first song I heard after graduating veterinary school, “the waiting is over”.

In my spare time I can be found: Bicycling, Trying New Restaurants, Going to Ravens & O’s Games, Bleeding Ravens Purple!

Current Pets: 

  • Axel – English Bulldog
  • Maverick – German Shepherd
Meghan Johnston

Meghan Johnston, DVM

“No animal should ever jump on the dining room furniture unless absolutely certain that he can hold his own in the conversation.”- Fran Lebowitz

Dr. Johnston has been with Hunt Valley Animal Hospital since August 2003 after completing a one year small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Regional Veterinary Referral Center in Springfield, VA. Dr. Johnston graduated from Lehigh University in 1995 with a degree in Biology and from Towson State University in 2000 with a Master’s Degree in Biology. She then went on to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada in 2002. In 2005, Dr. Johnston completed two separate training courses on ultrasound procedures and diagnostics in Florida and Washington D.C. In 2006, Dr Johnston completed an intense training course for laparoscopic surgical procedures, rhinoscopy and cystoscopy at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She has also learned the advanced techniques for repair of elongated soft palates in brachycephalic breeds. Dr. Johnston has a special interest in surgery and cardiology. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, and our Medical Director.

Dr. Johnston shares her home with her husband, Reuben, daughters, Clara and Vivien, and three dogs Millie, Murphy and Asher, rescues from a Canadian Humane Society and local Defenders of Animal Rights, respectively. Murphy is a retired Pets On Wheels therapy dog. Two cats are also part of the clan, a 3-legged rescue named Gustafur and a tuxedo cat named Taz. In her free time away from the hospital, Dr. Johnston enjoys cycling, golf, rock climbing, hiking with her dogs, running, swing dancing and her monthly black tie dinners as a member of the Baltimore Dinner Club.

Dr. Johnston is also an avid sports fan and can be seen and heard all winter cheering for the Ravens! However, on her artistic side, she dreams of being on a Broadway stage someday…

I’d/I/I’ll: I’d rather be in Bermuda or Colorado / I LOVE the Baltimore Ravens / I’ll be on Broadway one day 😉

My First Pet: Bert aka Bertram Francis aka Schmerto – my first baby, my first love, my best friend – miss him everyday

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Any Broadway Tune

In my spare time I can be found: Watching my beautiful girls grow-up, enjoying time with my husband and dogs, cleaning the house…

Current Pets:

  • Mille – Rottweiler
  • Ivy – Rottweiler
  • Asher – 6 yr old Mix from Defenders of Animal Rights – Best jumper in town!
  • Taz – Cat
Brad Pondish

Brad Pondish, DVM

Dr. Pondish graduated from Cornell University in 1992, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a specialization in Animal Physiology and Anatomy. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with a VMD in 1996.

Since graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Pondish has practiced small animal medicine and surgery in NJ, PA, and NC, most recently serving as the Medical Director in a hospital in NC prior to moving to Maryland in 2012. Dr. Pondish has completed a course in endoscopic and laparoscopic surgery at the University of Georgia and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Pondish most passionate about nutrition—it’s been known for decades that nutrition can help treat and control diseases when they occur, but it is also important to remember that a good diet can also help prevent many diseases. Dr. Pondish is the diet guru; he is well versed in pairing the patient to the proper diet to meet their medical and physiological needs. Another item that continues to fuel his love for this field is how intense the bond can be between people and their pets and how that bond can improve the quality of our lives and those of our pet friends. He gives his all to preserve that bond and ensure it’s around for as long as possible.

Dr. Pondish has 2 beautiful daughters and currently shares his home with 2 Border Collies, making for a very active house at times! In his spare time, he enjoys playing flyball with his Border Collie, Kelsey, as well as reading, listening to music and cooking/eating spicy food.

I’d/I/I’ll: I’d rather be at a hockey game, cheering on my favorite team the Philadelphia Flyers/ I am a book nerd who is a big fan of Lord of the Rings. / I’ll someday be a (mostly) self-sufficient homesteader with lots of dogs, farm animals and growing my own food!

My First Pet: A rough-coated collie named Laddie who died of heartworm disease when I was 5 years old. I’ll never forget how upset my Mom was when he died, especially when she learned it was a completely preventable disease. I’m sure he also had a big impact on my wanting to be a vet as well as my love of herding dogs!

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Just about any hair metal song from the 1980’s – Especially Motley Crue or Def Leppard – because, Hey, I was a teenager in the 80’s and a lot of that stuff rocks!

In my spare time I can be found: Hanging out with my 2 daughters, 2 dogs or tending to my small homestead in Southern York County, PA.

Current Pets:

  • Kelsey – Border Collie
  • Wynnd – Border Collie
  • 10+ Chickens
Vivian Ho

Vivian Ho, DVM

Dr. Ho graduated from Texas A&M University in 1998 earning a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science and went on to attend the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary medicine, graduating with a DVM in 2003.

Having lived in Houston, Texas most of her life, the move to Maryland (still technically “southern”) was quite a surprise. There are actually four distinct separate seasons and something that falls from the sky called snow! She has practiced in a few small animal/avian/exotic veterinary hospitals with her most recent stint at Fallston Veterinary Clinic working under the late Dr. Don Zantop. Her interests are in avian and exotic medicine and she is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Association of Avian Veterinarians.

Beyond avians and exotics she is passionate about pathology and loves studying slides under a microscope. That is actually how she got her roots in veterinary medicine. She was considering medicine and pathology but gets motion sickness from too many hours looking through a microscope so she decided to combine her passions and go the route of veterinary medicine and boy are we lucky she did!

Dr. Ho shares her house with a husband, 5 lovebirds, 2 budgies, 2 canaries, 2 corn snakes, 2 beta fish, and 1 very spoiled rotten house cat named Spot (Trekkies should understand!). She enjoys reading, naps on the couch, sewing, channel surfing, and eating the delicious food cooked by her talented husband.

I’d/I/I’ll: I’d like to go to Hawaii one day / I like to read Jughead & Archie comics, fun cozy mysteries, odd news on the internet. I enjoy window shopping and eating food cooked by someone else! / I’ll continue to be a couch potato

My First Pet: A blue parakeet named, Skylark – an awesome parakeet that was really a part of the family. I also had a blood sucking evil hamster that had 6 evil babies.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Backstreet Boys – Backstreet’s Back – nice driving beat and crazy video

In my spare time I can be found: On the couch napping, Doing laundry, Sewing Something, or Stuck somewhere with my cat on my lap

Current Pets:

  • Feyd, Jessica, Shai, Leto, Rabban – Love Birds
  • Mrs. Potts & Teacup – Budgies
  • Zippy & Jippy – Canaries
  • Caramel – Corn Snake
  • Fish 7 & Fish 8 – Beta Fish
  • Spot – Cat
Timothy Cujdik

Timothy Cujdik, DVM

Some are lucky enough to find love early in life and that is the story of Dr. Timothy Cujdik and his veterinary career. Dr. Cujdik’s first job in high school was at a veterinary hospital. That first job ignited a passion that would continue to fuel him for the next 25+ years.

While attending University of Maryland Dr. Cujdik worked for NIH (National Institute of Health) studying the effects of thyroid hormones and corticosteroids on physiologic function. He also received his EMT certification while in school and developed a CE program for EMT’s in Charles County prior to graduating. During his tenure at NIH he coauthored many peer reviewed published papers that are still referenced and in circulation today. Research was fun but there was still something missing for Dr. Cujdik so he left NIH to pursue a degree in Veterinary Medicine at University of Tennessee. He graduated in 1992 and returned home to his roots in Baltimore where his veterinary career has flourished.

Dr. Cujdik spent the next 23 years practicing veterinary medicine at Main Street Animal Hospital, Vinson Animal Hospital, and most recently Old Court Animal Hospital. He has an amazing reputation in our region and it is with great honor that we now get to call him our teammate. As of September 1st, 2016, Dr. Timothy Cujdik is officially Hunt Valley Animal Hospital family.

Dr. Cujdik is passionate about his patient’s as well as their parent’s well-being. You will find him constantly going that extra mile to ensure everyone is comfortable. He loves everything about veterinary medicine, especially digging into tough skin cases. Dermatology is definitely one of his favorite areas. In addition to his veterinary degree, Dr. Cujdik has continued his education in feline medicine and dermatology.

Outside of the veterinary hospital Dr. Cujdik has had a long successful show career. He has been lucky enough to own some of the top Old English Sheepdogs in the U.S. and Europe. His own Villa’s Cruella at Dizzny even won the Pastoral Group at Crufts and is enjoying retirement in Sweden. He has had multiple Best in Show wins and knows what it takes to get there so he is a popular veterinarian of choice in the show circuit.

When Dr. Cujdik is not talking veterinary medicine he can be found gardening his 5 acre home in Greenspring Valley, cooking (another passion), tackling numerous DIY projects, taking time in Dewey Beach, and of course spending time with his four legged and human family members.

I’d/I/I’ll: I’d rather be with family / I love all aspects of gardening, enjoy my rose garden, and trying to grow difficult plants. / I’ll someday realize that I slow down a little and that I won’t die if I go into the ocean, water, or sand. I do not like ocean/lake water or sand. It can be embarrassing at times.

My First Pet: Nicholas, a rescued Bearded Collie. He lived to be 15 and is buried in my parent’s backyard. With my first paycheck as a veterinarian I bought him a granite headstone. He changed my life.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N’ Roses. It’s everyday life.

In my spare time I can be found: In my garden or outside with a new project. Most recently it was installing 5 skylights in our sunroom…oh the beauty of youtube.

Current Pets:

  • Agnus – English Bulldog
  • Bug – Long haired dachshund
  • Cody – Rescued Jack Russel
  • Ilia – 19 years old Korat cat
  • Jimmy – Beta Fish
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Rachael Gore, DVM

A native of Lancaster, Co. Pennsylvania, Dr. Gore began her studies at The University of Findlay in northwest Ohio where she to triple majored in Animal Science, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, & Biology.  Triple majors didn’t quite quench her thirst so she then pursued and completed her Master of Public Health-Veterinary Public Health from The Ohio State University in 2012.  In 2016 she graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine with a special interest in food animals and began practicing small animal medicine in Northern Baltimore County shortly thereafter.  In 2021 Dr. Gore joined Hunt Valley Animal Hospital where she has grown in minimally invasive surgeries as well as brachycephalic obstructive airway correction.  Her interests include reproduction, soft tissue surgeries, as well as helping our barnyard friends!.  She is a member of the AVMA, MDVMA, & PVMA.

Outside of work she calls a small angus cattle farm home.  She and her husband, Steve, enjoy all of the benefits of country life while keeping up with their two children, Charlotte & Cassidy.  She is an avid reader, lover of shooting sporting clays, and loves being with her family!

I’d/I/I’ll: I’d rather be at the beach, but my heart is on our farm!/ I love Great Danes the bigger the better, that I can cozy up with on the couch under a big blanket reading a good book! / I'll someday set foot on every continent...current count; 3 out of 7

My First Pet:   First pet on my own was my heart dog, a 170 # Great Dane named Ace! I still miss him dearly! He got me through vet school and life’s curve balls with the most gentle personality! He was a blood donor and saved many lives while I learned to do the same!

But as a kid my first pet was a hamster named Pockets, named so because he filled his cheeks with tissues!

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song:  Cotton Eyed Joe....always gets me out on a dance floor at weddings!

In my spare time I can be found: Reading books, hanging out with my kids, cleaning up after everyone, and on occasion enjoying a good binge worthy Netflix series or movie!

Current Pets: 

  • Sugar – Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Case - Yellow Lab
  • Barn Cats
  • Herd of Cows (not really considered pets but we love them!)
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Casey Havemann, DVM

Dr. Casey Havemann received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College in 2003.  She then received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University in 2010.  Dr. Havemann completed a one-year small animal medicine and surgery internship followed by a one-year surgical specialty internship at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center.  She continued following her passion for surgery through completion of a residency in small animal surgery at MedVet Medical and Cancer Center for Pets in Columbus, Ohio in 2016.  Dr. Havemann stayed on with MedVet for another 5 years as a full time Associate Surgeon in both Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio.  In 2021 Dr. Havemann and her family moved to Maryland to begin a new adventure.  Through the purchase of Ambulatory Veterinary Surgery from retired surgeon, Dr. Ron Fallon, Dr. Havemann is very excited to continue to offer locum surgery services to the primary care veterinary hospitals of Maryland.

Dr. Havemann feels blessed to have chosen such an exhilarating field and to have the daily support of her loving wife, Kait.  They have two hilarious twins, Edi and Arlo, as well as several furry and feathered housemates: Erma, the Imperial Shih-Tzu, Gouda, kitty extraordinaire, and the backyard chicken gang, Blanche, Thelma and Louise.  In her spare time, Dr. Havemann enjoys exploring the world through the eyes of her toddlers, kayaking, biking, baking, and trying new activities.

Dr. Gary Brooks

Gary Brooks, DVM – Housecalls

I’d/I/I’ll: After 42 years in practice, there is nothing better than that. I love what I do, the pets, the variety—It’s the best.

My First Pet: A turtle named Madison that my father bought. He/She had a plastic bowl with a little plastic palm tree, carried home from Madison Square Garden where my father took me to an event around the age of 6 or 7.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Gordon Lightfoot’s – Ballad of Big Blue. A whale that they could not catch on a harpoon.

In my spare time I can be found: Honey-Do Lists, Spoiling my Granddaughters, Golf, Walking with my Pups

Current Pets:

  • Jelly – German Shepherd
  • Willie – Standard Poodle

Management Team

Kelly

Kelly - Hospital Administrator

I’d/I/I’ll: Kelly I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hungry/ I believe every day should end (or start) with dessert/ I’ll always be first in line at the buffet.

My First Pet: Taffy – I was 5 years old, my sisters had a lot going on and my Mom & Dad asked what I wanted -not wanting me to feel left out. My response, “A dog” (it was even my first word). They took me to the animal shelter and there was a litter of black and yellow lab mixes. Taffy was hyper and shy all at the same time and totally covered in filth – I knew that would be the one for me. He was my boy for 14 years and largely responsible for the path I have traveled. I am so grateful for that head-strong mutt and the foundation he created.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Manfred Mann – Doo Wah Diddy. Makes me smile like non-other. Every time I hear it, I am instantly transported to childhood. My younger sister and I used to dance on our beds and sing it while we were supposed to be sleeping. I can still hear my parents storming up the stairs…

In my spare time I can be found: Fixing up my farm, hanging with my dogs, canoeing/kayaking, exploring the countryside American picker style, trying new restaurants or frequenting favorite ones – I love food!

Current Pets:

  • Sunshine – Quarter Horse
  • Thomas – Terrier Mix
  • Jacy – Catahoula/Beagle Mix
  • Doug – Rottie/Husky Mix
  • Petunia – Cattle Dog Mix
  • Kevin – Cream Tabby Cat
  • Wink – Dilute Calico Cat
  • 3 Goats – Annie Oakley, Daniel Boone, & the General Buford Lee
  • 2 Ducks – Barbara Allen & Fred
  • 9 Chickens
Megan

Megan - Reception Manager

I’d/I/I’ll: I’d rather be out on a boat or in the mountains camping / I have a compound bow and love archery / I’ll hopefully live in the Caribbean one day.

My First Pet: A Dalmatian named Rolly that my Grandfather bought me when I was about 8 or 9. He was named after one of the many 101 Dalmatians 🙂

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Any old school Jock Jams. I love 90’s dance music even though I can’t dance!

In my spare time I can be found: Cooking, baking, always thinking of new recipes, walking the dogs, camping, fishing, kayaking

Current Pets:

  • Camo – Belgian Malinois/Mastiff Mix
  • Diesel – American Staffordshire Terrier

 

Tobi

Tobi - Technician Manager

I’d/I/I’ll: I’d rather be at the beach / I can surf and love being outside / I’ll go to a wine fest any day!

My First Pet: A pony named Padre. He bucked me off many times but I still pursued riding.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Any Beyonce Song = “Don’t Worry. Beyonce.” And whatever the DJ plays because, “I just wanna dance!”

In my spare time I can be found: Going out to eat- Nachos & Margaritas are my favorite!, enjoying the weather outside during my favorite season: spring, shopping at Target – I can never get out of there without spending $100!, or at home on the couch watching reality TV or napping.

Current Pets:

  • Pepperoni – Blind rescued orange tabby cat
  • Pineapple – Blind rescued calico cat
  • Spaghetti – Orange Tabby
  • Meatball – Blind Brown Tabby
Vince

Vince - Kennel Manager

I’d/I/I’ll: I’d rather have my toes in a river / I am a diehard O’s fan! / I’ll never stop learning

My First Pet: Ferdinand – Our family dog. He was a shaggy pound mutt with a taste for the finer things and a thirst for adventure!

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Megan Trainor – All about that Bass. – Damn you Youtube! I just wanted to learn how to cast!

In my spare time I can be found: Hiking with Eileen, Shooting Hoops, Target Shooting, Watching or Listening to the O’s

Current Pets:

  • Eileen – Black Pitbull. Obsessed with ropes and balls.
  • Ralphie – Grey Cat

Technician Team

Chrissy

Chrissy

I’d/I/I’ll: I’d like to one day own enough land to have my own horse farm / I have interest in equine medicine. In college I took classes in equine massage, nutrition and behavior. / I’ll one day get certified in Equine Massage.

My First Pet: Shadow, a Black Labrador Retriever. He was our family dog and the sweetest dog you’d ever meet. He brought in the newspaper every morning!

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Spice Girls – Wannabe. I still remember every word! My sisters and I have a mini concert in the car whenever it comes on.

In my spare time I can be found: Spending time with my other half – Ben, my friends, and my family, Hiking with my dogs, Taking trips to different wineries, Horse Back Riding

Current Pets:

  • Bentley- Yellow Labrador Retriever
  • Hudson – Chocolate Labrador Retriever
  • Oscar – Tabby Cat
  • Albus – Long haired Cat
  • Scooter – Tabby Cat
Ellen

Ellen

I’d/I/I’ll: I’d rather be fishing or relaxing at a pool / I like cooking, gardening, and x-box gaming / I’ll probably retire at 65 as a Vet Tech.

My First Pet: Socks & Mittens – 2 kittens. They were given to me by my ex-sister in-law 25 years ago!

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Sound of Music – When Walking Outside.

In my spare time I can be found: Watching TV, XBoxing, Cooking, Shopping, Listening to Music, Walking

Current Pets:

  • Tiny – Cat
  • Tommy – Maine Coon
  • Ralphey – Cat
  • Clinton – Maine Coon
  • Jake – Manx
  • Chare – Manx
  • Baby Janey – Manx
  • Timmy – Cat
  • Sammie – Border Collie
Heather

Heather

I’d/I/I’ll: I’d have a German Shepherd if we had the space for one! For now I’m just fawning over every one that comes into the hospital / I am really passionate about learning and am currently diving into the world of veterinary rehabilitation, massage, and pain management! / I’ll talk about my dog Mango for hours if no one stops me!

My First Pet: A big fluffy orange cat named Horatio, who I loved with all my heart, a lovable Husky named Natasha, and a beta fish named Fluffy who I thought lived for 9 years but it turns out my mom just kept replacing him and not telling me.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Listen To Your Heart by Roxette (and all subsequent remixes)- my cousin and I started a weird tradition of texting the lyrics to each other whenever we hear it, no matter where we are or what time it is, and it makes me laugh every time I send it to him, or open my phone to a text from him that just says “LISTEN TO YOUR HEARTTTTT!

In my spare time I can be found: Reading, spending time with my boyfriend Luke and with our families in Rhode Island and upstate New York whenever we can, hiking, eating (a constant activity for me), and of course- hanging out with my constant companion Mango

Current Pets:

  • Mango – Terrier Mix, although to be honest I’m not always sure he’s really even a dog, maybe some kind of fox-chupacabra hybrid. His DNA test says he’s 5% German Shepherd though!
  • Kingsley – 100% Rag Doll/100% weirdo
Isabel

Isabel

I’d/I/I’ll: I’d rather be reading a good book / I am a nature enthusiast / I’ll go hiking in all the national parks one day

My First Pet: Lucy, an Australian shepherd mix. she was a spitfire with such a big personality and my entire family adored her. she really taught me the value and meaning that animals can give to our lives.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Don’t Blame Me by Taylor Swift. it’s so fun to listen to while driving at night.

In my spare time I can be found: Hiking with my dog, reading, spending time with my boyfriend and friends, camping, or tending to my very large plant collection

Current Pets:

  • Shiloh-border collie
  • Ebenezer-domestic shorthair
  • Beetle-domestic shorthair
  • Mushroom-domestic shorthair
  • Otto-domestic shorthair
  • Mobi- domestic shorthair
Jenn

Jenn

I’d/I/I’ll: I’d rather be riding my horse / I am a true crime enthusiast / I’ll be a rehab tech after graduation.

My First Pet: Peanut – Short haired, red, mini-dachshund & Patti – long-haired standard dachshund. They were the best dogs!

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Anything Hamilton! I can’t get enough. Tell me how to say no to this!

In my spare time I can be found: At the barn – either cleaning stalls or riding. Showing my horse or studying for tech school. Hanging out with my cats and watching scary movies!

Current Pets:

  • Rick – Orange Tabby
  • Morty – Orange Tabby
  • Lucille – Black Cat
  • Poe – Thoroughbred Horse ‘2011 model
Joyce

Joyce

I’d/I/I’ll: I’d like to travel to Ireland one day when my children are grown / I am passionate about overbreeding and wish everyone would spay and neuter their pets / I’ll cry tears of joy when my two kids graduate high school.

My First Pet: Hard to name my first as my family always had so many which meant lots of time in vet offices. I respected what they did for my pets so much!

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Bad to the Bone – It reminds me of my first dog that was soooo Bad! We used to change the words in the song to make it about my dog.

In my spare time I can be found: Spending time with my 2 adopted children and husband, Carl. Going to the dog park together with our 2 dogs

Current Pets:

  • Nina – Boxer
  • Streaky – Brown Tabby Cat
  • Prancer – Grey Tabby Cat
  • Buck – Boxer Mix
Paige

Paige

Bio coming soon!

 

Sarah

Sarah

I’d/I/I’ll: I used to be a dancer / I'd love to go back to London and explore more abandoned castles / I’ll probably get another cat

My First Pet: My cat Leon, adopted on 2016 from the Luzerne county SPCA when he was 3 years old

Current Pets:

  • Leon - DSH
  • Onyx - DLH (she is a blood donor and has saved 4 other cats, including Leon!)
  • Halo - DSH Orange tabby
  • Thomas - DSH
  • Beatrice - DLH (Thomas's littermate)

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Oblivion by Labrynth

In my spare time I can be found: Drawing or painting, running (but only when it's warm outside), listening to music, and taking pictures of my cats!

Summer

Summer

I’d/I/I’ll: I’d rather be at the beach in North Carolina, watching the surfers and eating a crab cake sandwich from Frisco Sandwich Co. / I love food almost as much as my dog does! / I’ll be at the hors d’oeuvres table.

My First Pet: A yellow Labrador retriever named Biggie. We grew up together from the time I was eight years old and said goodbye when I was twenty-two. He’s the reason I will probably always have a lab in my animal family!

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: The Cupid Shuffle.

In my spare time I can be found: Going for long, slow walks with my dog and cat, watching Netflix reruns of New Girl, and enjoying live music with friends and family (any genre will do, but Classic Rock and Country are my favorite!)

Current Pets:

  • Zoey – Yellow Lab
  • Mercury – Tabby Cat
Trish

Trish

Current Pets:

  • Gibbs – Black/Brown Tabby
  • Huey – African Grey Parrot
  • Monty – Ball Python
  • Tater Tot – Jack Russel Terrier
  • 8+ Chickens

Reception Team

Courtney

Courtney

I’d/I/I’ll: I’d love to travel to Italy one day/ I enjoy photography and working on DIY projects/ I’ll usually be found hanging with the dogs at any gathering

My First Pet: Russell the Jack Russell- He was my best furry friend for 17 years and was the reason I became such a dog lover!

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’- who doesn’t belt out this song every time it comes on?!

In my spare time I can be found: In the Dunkin’ drive through getting my iced coffee, at a concert, hanging out with my husband and our pups, crafting, or shopping with my sister.

Current Pets:

  • Jerry Lee – German Shepherd
  • Nala Mae – Cur Mix
Dani

Dani

I’d/I/I’ll: I’d rather be at Universal Studios / I have been to a taping of Saturday Night Live / I’ll work on Broadway one day.

My First Pet: A black and white cat named Mister Mistofolees. I named him after my favorite character in the musical cats.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Defying Gravity from Wicked. I can often be found belting out the lyrics in my car

In my spare time I can be found: At a concert, reading or watching Harry Potter, watching Ru Paul’s Drag Race, or singing songs from Broadway shows.

Current Pets:

  • Ginny – Orange Cat
  • Marvel – Long-haired Tabby
Gretchen

Gretchen

I’d/I/I’ll: I’d be happy to help any animal that comes my way whether it be furry, feathered, scaly or slimy/ I have been a professional naturalist since 2017 and love teaching others about nature / I’ll hopefully be running my own animal sanctuary one day in Florida

My First Pet: Juniper, my potbellied pig. I have had other cats and dogs growing up but this was my first pet that was completely my responsibility. I was only 13 when I got her and she changed me forever.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Careless Whisper by George Michael, I can’t get enough of that saxophone!

In my spare time I can be found: Herping/birdwatching with my boyfriend, Hiking, Kayaking, River tubing, Spending time with my little sisters, Volunteering at a local potbellied pig rescue, and Tie-dyeing!

Current Pets:

  • Juniper – Potbellied Pig
  • Spruce – Potbellied Pig
  • Clementine – Eastern Box Turtle
  • Olive – Gulf Coast Box Turtle
  • Ginnebig – Black Rat Snake
  • Domino – Leopard Gecko
  • Artemis – Shepherd Mix Dog
  • Beans – Polydactyl Black Cat
  • Tuwie – Orange Tabby Cat
  • Hansel – Black Long Haired Cat
  • Licky – Black Cat
  • Tula – Grey cat
Katie

Katie

I’d/I/I’ll: I’d like to live in a world where chicken nuggets are an essential food group / I start listening to
Christmas music in October / I’ll pick animals over people every time.

My First Pet: I had three dogs waiting for me at the house after I was born –

  1. Smokey, a big lump of Labrador who, of course, lived for food.
  2. Ginger, a neurotic Jack Russell.
  3. Chessie, a sweet and gentle Rottweiler who slept beside my bed every night.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: The theme song to The Office.

In my spare time I can be found: Watching old horror movies with my best friend and better half, Jason, hiking with my dog,
drinking coffee, organizing any and everything, listing and journaling, eating sushi, or watching
social strategy games (Survivor, Big Brother, etc.).

Current Pets:

  • Linus – Gery & White Cat
  • Louie – Chihuahua Mix
  • Shannon – Tabby Cat
Rebecca

Rebecca

I’d/I/I’ll: I’d like another dog/ I wish that I could sing/ I’ll have a third dog soon

My First Pet: A westie named Fancy because my parents let a 6 year old (me) name our dog.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: This is it! Kenny Loggins, no explanation necessary.

In my spare time I can be found: With or near my boys Owen and Eli, hearing live music with my husband Ted and friends, dreaming of Summer.

Current Pets:

  • Meatball – Boxer Mix
  • Cisco – Hound Mix
  • Pepper – The sassiest, most puuurfect kitty in all the land

Kennel Team

Shana

Shana | Kennel Manager

I’d/I/I’ll: I’d rather be painting or playing with my dogs/ I love to be outdoors/ I’ll be an animal cop one day or own my own rescue!

My First Pet was: Kia & Chance – my family’s Siberian Husky and Bernese Mountain Dog. And of course my Nintendog on my Nintendo DS – He was a Golden Retriever named Radar!

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Gypsy by Stevie Nicks. I don’t know why, but I can always jam out to it!

In my spare time I can be found: Painting pictures, Playing Volleyball with my Family, Hiking, Fishing, Playing with my Dogs, and Kayaking

Current Pets:

  • Scooby-Doo – Chihuahua Mix
  • Mishka – Chihuahua
Rachael

Rachael (on our tech team too!)

I’d/I/I’ll: I’d rather be scuba diving in the cayman islands / I am an absolute book fanatic / I’ll write a book one day that will be published

My First Pet: A Jack Russell Terrier named Peanut who I got when I was 5. He was absolutely obsessed with food and was the quirkiest little guy who ended up basically adopting me.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Hysteria by Muse, perfect for whatever mood I am in!

In my spare time I can be found: Studying and pursuing my bachelors in Biology, going on hikes/walks with my dogs, reading, spending time with my friends and family and sleeping….lots of sleeping!

Current Pets:

  • Prim – Great Dane
  • Pippin – Border Collie
  • Elle – great dane
  • Sookie – Jack Russell terrier
  • Willa – Jack Russell terrier
  • Moomie – Jack Russell terrier