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Adonna

FRONT DESK COUNSELOR

Joined Pet Camp: July 6, 2011.

Hidden Talent: Played piano.

Inspiration: My family and friends.

Hobbies: Cooking, swimming.

Favorite Movie: 50 First Dates, Dune, Amelie.

Pet’s Name(s): Sasha, Sweetie, Frank, and Little Friend (all cats).

Before joining Pet Camp I was: Model coordinator at Macy’s.

What is your background or training in Pet Care services?
None- just taking care of my own pets.

What is your favorite thing about Pet Camp?
The pets and people.

If you were a dog or cat, what kind would you be?
I would be a cat that is an internet sensation like Lil Bub or Grumpy Cat.

In what ways do you support and give back to your community?
Donate to my local church and charities.

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Allyson

CAMP COUNSELOR

Joined Pet Camp: 2014.

Inspiration: I am inspired by my Mom and the beauty of nature.

Hobbies: Watching sports, camping, hiking, whitewater rafting.
Pet’s Name(s): Lucky, a sweet and mischievous hound mix.

What is your favorite thing about Pet Camp?
Taking pictures of all the campers having fun.

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Amber

CAMP COUNSELOR

Hidden Talent: Befriending wild animals and not-so-social domestic animals.

Hobbies: I’m a jack of all trades when it comes to arts and crafts: photography, videography, playing multiple instruments, writing, sewing, sculpture, needlework and lots more. I also spend a lot of time doing urban hiking and exploration, finding and photographing the less traveled areas of the city.

Pets: Spoonie, Ellie Mae (both cats)

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April

FRONT DESK MANAGER

Joined Pet Camp: July 2015.

Hidden Talent:
Film and video knowledge.

Inspiration: Animation.

Hobbies: Art/writing.

Favorite Movie: Anything Disney.

Pet’s Name(s): Fitz, Pancake, Promo, Vinny.

Before joining Pet Camp I was: A manager at another doggie daycare.

What is your background or training in Pet Care services?
Walker, first aid, training, all around care. 15+ years.

What is your favorite thing about Pet Camp?
That we adapt to any kind of dog.

If you were a dog or cat, what kind would you be?
I would be a Pomeranian. (Small and fierce!)

In what ways do you support and give back to your community?
Donate and volunteer!

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Carisa

FRONT DESK COUNSELOR

Joined Pet Camp: September 2015.

Hidden Talent: I can get 5 stars on Rock Band on Expert on a song I’ve never heard before!

Hobbies: Knitting, learning foreign languages.

Favorite Movie: Hachi: A Dog’s Tale.

Pet’s Name(s): Cats: Boots, Cassie, and Velvet. Guinea Pigs: Bear, and Panda. Rats: Remy, Mario, OneFiveNine, Grey, and Ramsay.

Before joining Pet Camp I was: Always helping at a local rescue, like Give Me Shelter, Rattie Ratz Rescue, Grateful Dog Rescue, or at the SF SPCA for years.

What is your background or training in Pet Care services?
20 years of cat behavior training, known as a “rat whisperer”, and decades of pet companionship.

What is your favorite thing about Pet Camp?
The animals!

If you were a dog or cat, what kind would you be?
Cat, because yes.

In what ways do you support and give back to your community?
Rattie Ratz Rescue volunteer, I adopt senior and/or disabled cats from Give Me Shelter cat rescue. Oh, and I teach knitting and crochet each month at the SF Library.

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Isaac

PET CARE TECHNICIAN

Joined Pet Camp: November 2015.

Hidden Talent: Photographer.

Inspiration:
My dog.

Hobbies: Photography.

Favorite Movie: Valentine’s Day.

Pet’s Name(s): Jenny.

Before joining Pet Camp I was: Going to school at Fresno State.

What is your background or training in Pet Care services?
I’ve always had a good relationship with animals.

What is your favorite thing about Pet Camp?
Giving the dogs their vips.

If you were a dog or cat, what kind would you be?
I would be a pug.

In what ways do you support and give back to your community?
I give back to my community by volunteering on the Golden Gate Regional Center board.

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Janette

CAMP COUNSELOR

Inspiration: Acts of kindness when you least expect it.

Hobbies: I have come to realize the best game of catch is playing fetch with an amazing Camper. No “ChuckIt” launchers necessary 🙂

Pets: Yorkies: Moose (or Moostopher for short) is an accomplished sunbather, Oddball Periwinkle is a natural Hula dancing queen.

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Jenna

CAMP COUNSELOR

Inspiration: I really look up to my brother Jared who has the strength to overcome a lot of challenges because of his Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, and through it all, he has always maintained a positive outlook on life. Because he is only three years older than me, we were always best friends growing up. I admire my mom for everything she has done for me and my family throughout the years, for believing in me when I had doubts, and for simply being an amazing mother & friend.

Hobbies: Dance, swimming, horseback riding, art, and colorguard/winterguard (performing arts).

Pets: Cookie (tri-colored American Cocker Spaniel; very special member of our family since January 2007) and Ike (Schnauzer mix; a sweet little guy rescued in January 2014)

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Jessica

PET CAMP COUNSELOR

Joined Pet Camp: 2000.

Hidden Talent: If I told you, it wouldn’t be hidden.

Inspiration: My mom- even when things got tough, she pushed through with grace.

Hobbies: Reading, cosplay.

Favorite Movie: Too many to have a favorite.

Pet’s Name(s): Ziggy and Marley- cockatiels.

Before joining Pet Camp I was: Working in retail.

What is your background or training in Pet Care services?
I have had pets my whole life.

What is your favorite thing about Pet Camp?
Playing in the Savannah.

If you were a dog or cat, what kind would you be?
A Border Collie.

In what ways do you support and give back to your community?
Part of a costuming group that helps raise money for different charters, especially those for kids.

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Kelly

BACK OFFICE

Joined Pet Camp: January 2016.

Hobbies: Reading, taking my dog out.

Favorite Movie: Harry Potter.

Pet’s Name(s): Rocket/Samy.

Before joining Pet Camp I was: Going to school and working.

What is your background or training in Pet Care services?
Dog sitting in my youth.

What is your favorite thing about Pet Camp?
Playing in backcountry with the dogs.

If you were a dog or cat, what kind would you be?
Lab: lazy and athletic.

In what ways do you support and give back to your community?
Participation in increasing safety through bike infrastructure. Intern with the good will to help San Francisco advance zero waste goal.

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Leeann

CAT SAFARI MANAGER

Inspiration: Animals, art, and kind people.

Hidden Talent: I know every famous Canadian who has ever lived.

Hobbies: Accomplished metal smith and jeweler.

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Mark

SENIOR COUNSELOR

Inspiration: Virginia’s dad and mine both who seem to have been able to balance running a small business and raising a family (and Virginia’s dad had 8 kids!) a lot better than do I.

Hobbies: Very (and I mean VERY) poor ice hockey player.

Pets: Splash and everyone camping with us.

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Mauricio

CAMP COUNSELOR

Inspiration: Seeing others work hard and give their best inspires me to match, if not better, their work ethic. On the other side, seeing others make the worse of their current opportunity or situation also inspires me to work hard and lead by example.

Hobbies: Playing basketball, running and hanging out in the hot tub, supporting all Bay Area sports teams and learning how to improve oneself is very entertaining to me.

Pets: My dog’s name is Sasha. She is a toy enthusiast Chihuahua/Jack Russell. Her favorite hobby is sleeping for 20 hours and hunting for spilled goods.

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Melina

PET CARE COUNSELOR

Inspiration: A corgi named Tater.

Hobbies: Walking on trails with my dogs.

Favorite Movie: Bride of Chucky

Pet’s Name(s): Leo and Lana

If you were a dog or cat, what kind would you be?
If I were a dog, I would be a German Shepherd because they are the best breed ever.

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Miriam

PET CAMP COUNSELOR

Joined Pet Camp: May 2014

Hidden Talent: Inspiration: My co-workers keep me motivated and inspired to work harder and better.


Hobbies:
Playing with dogs.

Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump

Before joining Pet Camp I was: Graduating high school.

What is your favorite thing about Pet Camp?
Meeting different breeds of dogs.

If you were a dog or cat, what kind would you be? Dog: pittie Cat: bombay

In what ways do you support and give back to your community?
Volunteering at SPCA

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Michelle

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Inspiration: My dog inspires me to get up and be a functioning member of society, regardless of how I feel, because he depends on me to be responsible and reliable every single day.

Hobbies: Reading, reading, and more reading (thanks for the Kindle, Mark and Virginia!)

Pets: Magoo

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Nate

RESERVATIONS SPECIALIST

Hidden Talent: Having an abundance of random knowledge, and being able to talk in two voices simultaneously.

Hobbies: Dabbling in music and film stuff for the purpose of obtaining giggles, being nerdy (interpret that how you will), finding plays on words, and going to concerts or events that no one else would want to go to!

Pets: Boognish, my furry little son who is a 10 year old Japanese Chin, my Pet Camp ‘assistant’, and the other half of my heart.

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Shaneil

FRONT DESK COUNSELOR

Joined Pet Camp: May 9, 2016.

Hidden Talent: Sing/play guitar.

Inspiration: Good people.

Hobbies: Music, PS4-destiny, writing.

Favorite Movie: RENT!

Pet’s Name(s): Former pup: Buster, Current roomie’s cats: Hunter and Ellie.

Before joining Pet Camp I was: Serving coffee and waiting tables/managing cafes.

What is your background or training in Pet Care services?
Personal dog/cat sitting for friends and neighbors.

What is your favorite thing about Pet Camp?
Spending time with the animals!

If you were a dog or cat, what kind would you be?
I would be a mutt (dog).

In what ways do you support and give back to your community?
Working here! And spreading love and kindness everywhere I go!

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Susan

CREW CHIEF

Joined Pet Camp: 1999.

Inspiration: Monty Python; responsible for my quirky humor!

Hobbies: Working out at a gym, hikes with Scully, running with Neo.

Pets: Romeo and Alex.

What is your background or training in Pet Care services?
I worked the front for many years serving clients and pets before joining the back.

What is your favorite thing about Pet Camp?
The campers. Lots of dog and cat friends.

If you were a dog or cat, what kind would you be?German Shepherd.

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Sydney

ASSISTANT MARKETING / BACK COUNSELOR

Joined Pet Camp: 2016.

Hidden Talent: Ability to sneak up on people.

Inspiration: Nature.

Hobbies: Draw/paint/sing/hike/swim.

Favorite Movie: Nightmare Before Christmas.

Pet’s Name(s): Sugar Plum.

Before joining Pet Camp I was: Retail worker at Gap.

What is your background or training in Pet Care services?
I spent my entire life with pets. I volunteered at cat adoption. I was a CIT at a horse ranch.

What is your favorite thing about Pet Camp?
Being around animals all day.

If you were a dog or cat, what kind would you be? Black cat.

In what ways do  you support and give back to your community? I volunteer at adoption centers when I’m not in school.

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Ted

DRIVER

Hobbies: Surfing, Aquarist (Koi Pond), Gardening and Cooking.

Pets: Kizzy (Australian Shepard), Nymeria and Oswin (Cats), Moesha (Red Ear Slider), and 12 Koi.

Favorite thing about Pet Camp: Working with people who love animals and the animals themselves.

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Tiara

CAMP COUNSELOR

Inspiration: My Grandparents are my inspiration, they’ve taught me to be the person I am today.

Hobbies: Cooking, playing the piano, horseback riding, and exploring nature.

Pets: Kapua (Pitbull), Desi (Kelpie/Mcnabb), Bentley (Yorkshire Terrier)

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Virginia

CAMP DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER OF PET CAMP

In 2015, after 18 years of leading Pet Camp, Virginia was appointed to be the Director of Animal Care and Control for the City and County of San Francisco.  Along with a change in title comes a change in the scope of her mission.  Building upon her experience in creating a safe, loving and fun environment for dogs and cats at Pet Camp, she is now tasked with creating a similar environment for all of San Francisco’s animals.  While she is greatly missed at Pet Camp, we are excited about her new role and thrilled to share her vision and leadership with all of San Francisco’s animals.