Shannon started with My Pit Bull is Family in 2014 and quickly became an expert in housing policy and surrender prevention for the animal welfare community. She has an extensive professional background in grassroots campaigns, voter outreach, community building, fundraising, homeless advocacy and policy creation. A tireless advocate for adults experiencing homelessness, Shannon previously was the shelter supervisor for the only pet-friendly emergency homeless shelter in the state of Minnesota. The holder of a master’s degree in advocacy and political leadership, she has centered her degree program around drafting policies to end housing and insurance discrimination for families with large dogs. She is a 2021 graduate of the Executive Leadership Certification program for animal welfare at Southern Utah University, in partnership with Best Friends Animal Society. In 2019, she developed the North Minneapolis Pet Resource Center program after volunteering at Minneapolis Animal Care and Control after realizing that her neighbors lacked access to quality pet food, supplies and resources, which led to increased owner surrenders. She lives in North Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her partner, Anthony, their three dogs (Charlotte, Fern and Wilbur) and cat (Max). You can usually find her spending her free time binge-watching true crime shows, starting books and not finishing them, dreaming about traveling and enjoying the outdoors with her family.