Born in Richmond, Virginia, Alison Fechino spent her childhood pretending to be various animals in the hopes that she might become one. When, as her parents predicted, this approach proved unsuccessful, she opted to study animals instead.Alison attended Virginia Tech where she majored in animal science, served as president of the Poultry Club (wow) and explored ethical issues in agriculture. Examining the dynamics of the human-animal relationship led her to animal welfare. Her career includes experience in shelter operations, low-cost clinic management, program development, fundraising and marketing. Alison serves as the executive director of Portsmouth Humane. Her career focus is the intersection of social services and animal sheltering. Alison’s household includes a pack of anxious herding dogs and a shiba inu that screams constantly. Her hobbies include playing competitive kickball, drawing and pretending to have more than two hobbies when asked.