Danielle is a public relations intern at the Richmond SPCA. I met her at the Lomantini Haircut Marathon, and we got to talking about her cats – I knew I had to get her in our “Meet a Pet Lover” series!
1. Banks/ 2 years old
2. Felix/ 4 years old
How did your pets come to live with you?
I adopted Banks my sophomore year in college from the Roanoke Valley SPCA. He was only two months old at the time and the shelter had given him the name Dewey. I decided to change it on the drive home. Felix was actually living in the apartment complex that I worked at my senior year in college. He didn’t have a permanent home and a few students that lived in the complex were occasionally feeding him. When I went home for the summer I decided to take him with me.
Do any of your pets have an awesome trick? Do you?
I wouldn’t say my cats know any tricks, but Banks can open a new bag of cat food in seconds. He loves his food so much that I had to start putting the food into a tupperware container so he couldn’t break into the bag.
What are your pets worst habit?
They fight a lot. Felix is older but Banks has been with me longer so they have a constant battle of who is the alphamale in the house. I bought this cat tower for them and they are always fighting to be the cat who sits at the very top of it.
What would your pets say your worst habit is?
They would probably say it’s falling asleep with the light on. I always read before bed and forget to turn the light off and Felix and Banks love to run around my room once the light is off.
What do your pets know about you that no one else does?
That I still color in coloring books!
If you could be any other animal, what would you be and why?
I would be a cat. One that could explore the outdoors indefinitly. I would love to be able to jump as high as cats do and it would be awesome to have the ability to fall and always land perfectly and walk away unharmed.
How did you come to work at the Richmond SPCA?
I started looking on their website for job openings when I was about to graduate college. My major was Public Relations so when I saw an internship opening for a Public Relations intern I knew I wanted the job.
What is the best part about your job?
The best part about my job is when I get to play with the kittens. Part of my job is to help take photos of the incoming dogs and cats for the website, and lots of new kittens come into the shelter every week for adoption. I hold them and play with them while they wait to have their photo taken.
BARK back Richmond! Introduce yourselves to Danielle and the crew. If you are interested in a career with the Richmond SPCA, you can visit their Employment Opportunities page for more information.