The plight of homeless animals has been an ingrained piece of me since I was a child. The mission to help them has not wavered in more than 20 years in animal welfare. I currently share my home with six dogs, two cats, my 17-year-old son and a revolving door of foster pets. I started volunteering at my local animal shelter when I was 14. I was shy but had always loved animals. I found my voice through animals and became an employee and then the shelter operations coordinator for the Ionia County Animal Shelter. I fought to end the release of animals to research dealers and gas euthanasia. My work there offered me the opportunity for my current position as director for the Humane Society of Midland County. The shelter was high-kill prior to my arrival and now we are able to accept animals across the country due to our amazing save rate.The focus has changed over the years but the goal remains the same: Save lives humanely and quickly.