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Project and Outreach Coordinator
Ashley came into this line of work to help animals, but her passion has grown to include helping underserved communities care for their pets so that they too can experience the profound impacts of the
human-animal bond. She is now pursuing a Master of Science in Social Work and hopes to bring best practices and new tactics to her work in the greater Cleveland area and within the framework of Neighborhood Pets.
Over her 13 years working in a variety of animal welfare roles, Ashley has met owners who go without food in order to feed their dogs; people who put their jobs at risk and skipped work so they could get their pets to the vet in emergency situations. So many of these individuals were going to extreme lengths to prioritize the health and safety of their pets, and still the care was coming up short. Ashley realized then that the problem wasn’t the owners of these pets - The problem was the systems we have in place and whether or not these people had access to care among socioeconomic barriers. How we treat these owners who are struggling has a direct impact on whether they feel comfortable seeking care for their pets, and that's why Ashley is called to do what she does!
As our Project and Outreach Coordinator, Ashley works with our human-service partner organizations to connect our clients with critical resources.