As a 28 year resident of Cleveland (with 26 years in Tremont), dog lover and small business owner I am extremely honored to be a part of so many dogs and dog owners lives, an activist for dogs seeking shelter, a member of historic and small community, a leader to my staff and educator to my clients. Since I was a kid I have shared a home with many dogs (usually at least 3 at a time since childhood) which carried over into my adult life. I will always be appreciative of my parents whom without providing me with the gift of caring for animals as a child I may not have had the drive to conceive and accomplish my dream of working with animals. Over the years I have shared a home with a lot of dogs (and I do mean: a lot of dogs) many of whom have been my best friends. I have been there for each of them and they have been there for me shaping me to be a more confident, patient and empathetic person. I am grateful beyond words to have found Jon who I share my life with and who was there all nearly the entire time along sharing his passion for dogs alongside me right here at The Mutt Hutt.
The Mutt Hutt has proudly received many awards and honors all of which would not be possible without the support of my clients, the passion and dedication of my staff and of course all of the dogs!
While running my fast-growing business behind the scenes I was leading a grassroots effort caring for and finding homes for homeless dogs. In 2009 Secondhand Mutts was officially given nonprofit status in the State of Ohio. Secondhand Mutts, an organization run solely by dedicated volunteers, operates from within The Mutt Hutt.
Bringing together a passion for assisting dog owners and their dogs along with helping homeless dogs was beyond anything I thought I possible for my life. This project and effort which has grown quickly over a decade has placed more than 1,500 unwanted or homeless dogs in forever homes and has become my pride, joy and the most fulfilling part of sharing my life with animals. I am proud to provide and be a part of a a family-like working environment and work beside a sincere and dedicated staff who continuously care for each dog as if they were their own.