Playgroups Crew Leader
Patricia Hawkins has an associate degree in veterinary technology. Upon graduation, she spent 16 years in the zoo world, where, among other things, she learned clicker training and the value of enrichment. After moving to central Texas, Patty went to work in a smallanimal emergency veterinary practice. When the public started asking canine behavioral questions, she responded by offering puppy and manners training classes through the practice. In 2012, as a result of another move, Patty entered the shelter world, drawn by the movement of offering enrichment to shelter animals. In 2017, she attended a Dogs Playing for Life internship at Austin Pets Alive. Soon afterward, she was asked to help build a play group program at Dallas Animal Services, where it is still going strong.