Executive Director & Founder
Christy Anderson is the founder and executive director of WrightWay Rescue, an Illinoisbased rescue organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless pets in rural America. Born in Chicago in 1982, Christy spent her childhood training dogs, riding horses and working at a local veterinary clinic. Animals became her passion, and when she entered Southern Illinois University, she chose to study animal science and prelaw. In 2002, while still a university student, Christy visited an animal control facility in Marion, Illinois, on a whim. This fateful trip made her aware of the hopeless situation facing so many homeless pets in rural America. From that day on, Christy began to focus her time and energy on helping adoptable animals who were in danger of being killed largely because they were born in remote and socioeconomically challenged areas. Christy began the work of WrightWay Rescue from her college dorm room, with only 50 and a sincere desire to end the unnecessary killing of all adoptable pets. Today, the organization saves 5,000 animals yearly. WrightWay Rescue has multiple facilities throughout the state of Illinois with six onstaff veterinarians and two community clinics, a Critical Care Center for contagious but treatable illness, and over 100 rescue partners throughout the rural U.S. In her free time, Christy teaches prison inmates the art of professional dog training as well as educating them about the realities of pet overpopulation, both of which serve her goal of inspiring cultural change at a grassroots level. Christy believes that inspiring and empowering citizens to value the lives of the pets who live among them, through kindness and compassion, is the key to building compassionate communities.