Category Archives: Community Leaders

Meet Aston Vet’s Laura Dennon!

Many of you know our receptionist Laura! We’ve interviewed her so that we all could learn more about her background & her interests.

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  • Where are you originally from?
    • Sharon Hill, PA
  • How long have you been at the Hospital?
    • 5 years
  • Where did you/do you go to school?
    • Ridley High School and DCCC
  • What would you say is the most important impact that our hospital has?
    • Our hospital is a huge part of the community. Every May Dr. B does Rabies clinics to help make sure all pets are vaccinated against rabies. We also take donations made by clients to help purchase food for different rescues in the area.
  • At what point in your life did you realize that you had such a deep connection with pets?
    • From my first cat Mickey. He was a manx (no tail) and I was 3 when he was a kitten. We did everything together. He was my best friend.
  • List your pets and names throughout the years (including childhood ones):
    • Mickey, Lucky, Queenie, Jake, Bear, Boomer, Chevelle, Dusty, Ozzy, Sonny, Gunnar, Bruno
  • What kind of food do you feed your pets?
    • Hills Healthy Advantage & Hills Prescription Diets. Also Royal Canin Prescription Diet
  • What is your favorite movie?
    • Crash
  • What kind of music do you like?
    • All music from Country to Rock
  • What was the last book that you read?
    • Lovely Bones
  • What is your favorite TV show?
    • New Girl, Modern Family
  • Where was your last vacation?
    • Jersey Shore and Poconos
  • What is your favorite restaurant?
    • Fellinis in Media
  • Describe your perfect sandwich:
    • Ham, Salami, Prosciutto, Cheese, Lettuce, Onion & Tomato
      salt pepper and sweets
  • If you could meet with anyone in the world, who would it be?
    • Gandhi
  • Other personal facts or hobbies that you think might be interesting:
    • I enjoy cooking and learning new fun recipes.

Community Leader Profile: the Delaware Humane Association’s Patrick Carroll!

Patrick Carroll from the Delaware Humane Association

Patrick Carroll, the Executive Director of the Delaware Humane Association does such incredible things in the community. We asked him some questions so that we all could get to know him a little better:

Where are you originally from? New Castle, Delaware

How long have you been in the area? I went to grad school at Penn State (1988-90); moved to Ohio from 1990-1993 and moved back after that

Describe your role in the area pet community? I’m the Executive Director a No Kill Animal Welfare Organization: The Delaware Humane Association

How long have you been at DHA? 7 years this coming January

Where did you go to school? University of Delaware (BS Ag 88); Penn State (M Ed 89)

What would you say is the most important impact that our clinic DHA has? Give cats and dogs a second chance…a new home (Adoption)

What would you say was the one greatest pet related, community accomplishment that you have had? Matching folks with pets is one little accomplishment at a time

At what point in your life did you realize that you had such a deep connection with pets? When I was younger…having dogs as family pets

List your pets and names throughout the years: Snoopy (yellow Lab – my first pet as a kid), Noel (terrier mix), Buddy (terrier mix), Buns and Buffy (rabbits). My pets as an adult: Bailey (yellow Lab; 1996-2008), Bonnie (chocolate Lab; 1998-2011), Barkley (black Lab; 2008-), Casey (yellow Lab mix; 2011-)

What kind of food do you feed your pets? Chicken Soup for the Soul; used to be Iams

What is your favorite movie? Tootsie

What kind of music do you like? Show Tunes, some pop

What was the last book that you read? The Art of Racing in the Rain

What is your favorite TV show? American Horror Story

Where was your last vacation? Rehoboth Beach, DE

What is your favorite restaurant? Culinaria (If you haven’t been…go!)

If you could meet with anyone in the world, who would it be? Either Obamas or Clintons or Meryl Streep

Other personal facts or hobbies that you think might be interesting: Some kids like trucks, tractors, etc. I liked school buses….still do  I have a Christmas tree full of them.

Community Leader Profile: Justina Calgiano

The Delaware County SPCA finds homes for thousands of pets annually in our area. In most cases, people learn about these pets because of Justina Calgiano’s efforts! There are many other amazing things that Justina does in our community, just read the interview below:

  • Where are you originally from? – That’s a tough one to answer! My family moved up and down the East Coast quite a bit since I was a baby. I lived in Jacksonville,FL, for the first 6 years of my life and then we moved toYarmouth,Maine, after which we moved back toPennsylvania, firstChesterCounty and thenDelawareCounty, where I graduated high school. I went back toFlorida for college and then moved back toPennsylvania upon graduation—because it feels the most like home!
  • How long have you been in the area? – I graduated college in December of 2005 and promptly moved back to PA, so I’ve been back in the area almost 7 years. I’m getting old.
  • How long have you been at the Delco SPCA? – 3 years next May!
  • Where did you go to school? -StrathHavenHigh School inWallingford,PA, andFlaglerCollege inSt. Augustine,FL.
  • Describe your role in the area pet community? – My personal role is to promote the good work the Delco SPCA is doing, most recently, the important lifesaving work we are doing, as well as organize and facilitate events to fundraise for and commemorate that good work.
  • What would you say is the most important impact that the Delco SPCA has? – Preventing pet homelessness — not only by placing animals surrendered by their owners, transferred from high-risk facilities or rescued from deplorable living conditions in to good homes, but through our community programs like our low-cost preventative vet care and our pet food bank, which are directly keeping pets out of animal shelters through accessible resources.
  • What would you say was the one greatest pet related, community accomplishment that you have had? – Being able to effectively re-introduce the community to the Delco SPCA after years of bad press. It’s too impactful of an organization in our community for people to misunderstand and judge for the mistakes of the past, which led us to revisit policies and enforce a higher standard of care.
  • At what point in your life did you realize that you had such a deep connection with pets? – Always. My mom tells me the cats slept in the crib with me as an infant. When I got a little older and they refused to sleep in my bed with me, I brought my pillow and blanket to sleep with them, wherever they were in the house. Compassion for pets has been a constant in my life for as long as I can remember.
  • List your pets and names throughout the years (including childhood ones): – Throughout my childhood (I was blessed that all of my pets lived very long lives): Casey the Lab/Retriever mix, Frodo, Toonces, Rascal and Bobby—all cats. As an adult: Stan the Man (aka Whitey) a white domestic medium-haired cat I adopted in college, now 10; Kalas (named after the beloved former Phils announcer Harry Kalas), a now 3-year-old rescued Terrier/Rottweiler mix and my most recent addition is former Delco SPCA foster cat that turned in to permanent resident, orange and white tabby Brad: age: unknown. He’s a bit of a runt, so he looks like an eternal 6-month-old kitten!
  • What kind of food do you feed your pets? – Kalas eats Purina ProPlan with wet food mixed in and the cats aren’t picky but prefer wet food over dry any day; 9 Lives canned food is an old standby.
  • What is your favorite movie? – “The Wizard of Oz”
  • What kind of music do you like? – All kinds, even country, which I’m a little ashamed to admit to!
  • What was the last book that you read? – “Three Dog Life,” a memoir by Abigail Thomas
  • What is your favorite TV show? – “Parenthood,” “Dexter,” and most recently “Breaking Bad”
  • Where was your last vacation? – The White Mountains ofNew Hampshire
  • What is your favorite restaurant? – My dad’s house (:
  • If you could meet with anyone in the world, who would it be? – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Any other personal facts or hobbies that you think might be interesting? My dog has Addison’s Disease, which people are familiar with in people but not so much dogs. She was diagnosed in July of 2011. She went in to what I later found out was called an “Addisonian Crisis,” which can be fatal if not immediately treated, and our own Dr. Boudwin saved her life!

To learn more about the Delaware County SPCA, go to: www.delcospca.org

 

Community Leaders: Meet Dayna Villa, director of operations at the SPCA

Dayna Villa is the director of operations at the Delaware County SPCA. We recently asked her to tell us about her background and why she cares so much about our local pets.

Describe your role in the area pet community? I am a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, doing private consultations for pet owners needing behavior advice for their canine. I am also the Director of Operations at the Delaware County SPCA. I volunteer with Adopt a Boxer Rescue and am the proud parent of two rescued Boxers, Chloe and Elvis.

Where are you originally from?– Philadelphia, Olney section. Moved to Bloomsburg, Pa., when I was 8 years old and lived there until going to college.

How long have you been in the area? I moved back to the area in 2004.

What would you say is the most important impact that your organization has? The most important impact the Delco SPCA has in the community is proving a variety of loving pets for adoption. We have something for everyone, which makes it unnecessary for your average home to purchase a pet from a breeder or a pet store. Having a pet enriches your life!

What is the one greatest pet related, community accomplishment that you have had? I feel my biggest accomplishment that gave back to my community is when I received my training certification. By becoming certified, I bring a higher level of professionalism to my organization and am qualified to give behavior advice to adopters and to people that may just need some guidance, in order for them to keep their pet in their home. I oversee the canine behavioral evaluations and my certification best prepares me to place the right pet in the right home. I also am very open to share my knowledge with my staff, so they can also be a resource to the community. This is an ongoing accomplishment for me and I’m lucky to see the results every day.

Does your organization have a big annual event? Yes, we have several! We have an annual Fashion Show in March and a Bark in the Park/Fall Festival event in October.

What is your organization’s biggest need? Monetary donations. The Delco SPCA is a private non-profit organization, funded almost solely through donations from citizens. We receive no government funding, which surprises many people. With so many programs including humane investigations, humane education, adoptions, subsidized veterinary services for the public and a pet food pantry, donations are always needed to ensure we have well-trained staff to implement the life-saving work.

At what point in your life did you realize that you had such a deep connection with pets? I have been around pets all my life, but I realized the difference I could make, and the need for people to commit to helping, when I rescued Chloe in 2005. She is the best thing that ever happened to me and led me down a path to saving as many of her friends as possible.

List your pets and names throughout the years (including childhood ones): Childhood animals: Holly (GSD), Spunky (lab/retriever), Prissy (DSH gray), Tommy (box turtle), Tigger (Orange Tabby cat), a slew of hamsters J Current pets: Elvis and Chloe (boxers), Buddy (Brown Tabby), MJ (dilute torti), chiclid fish

What kind of food do you feed your pets? Buddy eats a special prescription diet, so MJ does as well by default since they are inseperable. Chloe and Elvis eat a variety of food- they like to change it up every few months. Right now they are eating Innova. I also feed them healthy human food, like fruit and vegetables. I will admit they get the occasional pizza crust now and again.

What is your favorite movie? Gone with the Wind

What kind of music do you like? Reggae!

What was the last book that you read? ‘Control Unleashes”- Creating a Focused and Confident Dog by Leslie McDevitt

Where was your last vacation? Ocho Rios, Jamaica

What is your favorite restaurant? Adobe Café, Manayunk

If you could meet with anyone in the world, who would it be? Well, he’s dead, but Bob Marley.