Two areas I am extremely passionate about are canines and environmental conservation, and I try to devote as much of my free time to both. The experiences below have provided me with invaluable connections to both people and animals, and I look forward to serving my community for as long as I can.
In 2019, I began an initiative on Earth Day to help bring awareness to plastic waste, and offered Mount Sinai staff within the oncology department free stainless steel cutlery to help replace single-use plastic utensils. I provided information on plastic waste at giveforks.org, and gave away 216 pieces of stainless steel cutlery.
I am a certified National Field Response (NFR) team member for the ASPCA, providing aid in large scale operations such as puppy mill, dog fighting, and hoarding raids, and assist strays during large scale environmental disasters. I have been deployed several times to aide in massive rescue operations.
I volunteered weekly to help walk and enrich dogs sheltered at the Animal Care Center of NYC (ACC).
The ACC is one of the largest animal welfare organizations in the country and takes in more than 25,000 animals each year.
I was a volunteer at the California Wolf Center in Julian, CA, which is North America’s 3rd largest Mexican Gray wolf recovery center. This volunteer experience allowed me to understand the intricate workings behind the conservation of an endangered species: from the importance of their genetic variability to simple daily routines to preserve their wild nature. I helped conduct educational tours, wolf enrichment experiments, participated in wolf husbandry and feedings, provided administrative help, and edited both corporate and scientific documents.
Montreal’s Underdog Club was an agency that promoted dogs that were hard to adopt. I organized fundraisers in May and December 2011 at popular bars in Montreal. I also updated website information for new and existing dogs, and wrote monthly columns in The Westmount Independent newspaper profiling various dogs for adoption.
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