In September 2013 I married my best friend and could not wait to start the next chapter of our lives together, and our next chapter began 12 hours away in a town called Midland. Originally from Colorado, I could never imagine living anywhere else, but it is funny where life can lead you.
My husband Matthew was offered a job down here in Midland, so three days after we were married we were packing all of our possessions into a U-Haul and driving 12 hours with our 5-month-old dog down to the south! I was terrified. We were moving farther from home than I had ever been, to a city where I did not know a single soul. The first year down here was a little rough; not knowing anyone, not sure what to do with my time or where my life was going to lead.
In April of 2014 I heard an advertisement for volunteers at a local shelter. I thought, this is something I could do with my time! I went to an orientation and started volunteering and something inside of me grew. I knew I had always loved animals, I knew I was obsessed over our little dog, but I never knew how much they fulfilled my heart and soul. While volunteering I met Beth and our friendship started immediately. During my time volunteering, I realized the need for animal advocacy was greater than I ever imagined. Talking with Beth we knew we had to do something more for the animals.
For a year and a half, I worked as the Volunteer Coordinator then transitioned to a hired position of Office Manager which taught me the ins and outs of what is required to run a shelter. The following year and half, I learned about the veterinary care side of caring for animal from administering shots and microchips, scheduling vet appointments, making sure medication is administered when needed, and watching for any signs of illness that might be present.
There is so much more that goes into running a shelter and caring for animals, and I found that I wanted to do even more to help them, including fundraising new events, getting word out about our adoptable animals and above all making sure they would thrive in our facility before finding their forever home.
The Next Step
Three years after being surrounded by four legged furry friends and loving every minute of it, Matt and I decided to start having two-legged friends. I left the shelter to pursue being a full-time mom but could not escape the longing I felt to help the unwanted animals in the area. Beth always had this dream of opening her own animal sanctuary, and as we began talking about this idea more frequently, it became apparent that together we could do this! This led to constant brainstorming which led to the beginning of Whiskers and Tails; and here we are!