I’ve been working with animals for over half of my life, from the smallest mouse to the largest horse and I can’t get enough of them. I started my career at the University of Maine where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. I primarily worked with large animals while in school and developed a love for the dairy cows on my college campus. Upon graduation, I began working with small animals at a vet clinic in Hawaii and I decided that being a Veterinary Technician was the best career choice for me. I enrolled in school to become a licensed vet tech while working in a clinic in Maryland. I came back home to Maine after completing school and I started my journey with the SPCA in June 2018. I’ve always felt a strong pull towards shelter medicine, and after submerging myself in this organization, I know that this is exactly where I belong.
When I’m not at the shelter, I’m spending as much time with my family as possible. If I could live outside, I would. I love nothing more than exploring new beaches or hiking with my dog Jake, except maybe curling up with a good book or working on a painting with a cat or two in my lap.
My name is actually Nicole but that was taken already by our director! Originally I volunteered at the SPCA by painting less-adoptable animals, and then I started working at the SPCA in September 2019 as an Animal Care Associate. Because I had a tendency to pretend I was Dr. Doolittle and could speak to the animals, they let me on social media and our website to promote the animals. Now I write their stories, plus the newsletters, etc. I went on a brief hiatus throughout most of 2021 but came back in August 2021.
I live with seven cats because I’m crazy. I would have dogs too except I don’t have the situation for them properly, so I love on the dogs at the shelter.
When I’m not swathed in cats or dogs or playing with them and pretending that it’s work, I’m off doing something creative, whether that’s crocheting or working on a joint science fiction story with my brother that will probably take our whole lives to finish.
Foster and Volunteer Coordinator
I’m a born-and-raised Hancock County girl. I started at the SPCA-HC as a volunteer in high school, and when I moved home last year I came back to work in Animal Care. Pretty soon I moved to the front desk where I facilitated adoptions, and that led to my current role of Volunteer and Foster Coordinator. Beyond helping animals find homes, my favorite part of this job is getting to know wonderful people in our community who care so much about our cats and dogs. I have 3 cats (Fizzgig, Urzah, and Mister–two are SPCA foster fails!) and Charlie the dog, who I also adopted from the shelter. When I’m not at the shelter I enjoy sewing, gardening, and spending time with my new little boy, River.