My name is Jess, I am originally from Richmond Virginia, but I’ve been living in North Carolina for the last 16 years. I spent time in both the eastern and western parts of the state, before moving to the Triangle in 2003. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill. I later went to grooming school, became a pet stylist, and managed the Brier Creek Petco grooming salon for 5 years. I recently graduated with my Master’s degree in Environmental Policy from American Public University and am spending some quality time at home with my 2 babies, a silky terrier named Oso and a cat who is affectionately known as Archie.

I’ve had a passion for animals for as long as I can remember. When I was kid, my parents would rescue any hurt animals that they found. I got to help nurse birds, squirrels, and chipmunks back to health throughout my childhood. I’ve volunteered at numerous shelters and sanctuaries for many years, including the country’s largest sanctuary, Best Friends in Kanab, Utah. I have experience with a variety of animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, snakes, lizards, birds, and fish.

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