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.
Animal Care Manager
I joined the SPCA team in the fall of 2019. I work mainly with the dogs at the SPCA.
I wanted to be a cat when I grew up, but that didn’t work out.
I’ve been a group home manager, veterinary office manager, and an animal control officer. At home I garden with my cat and canoe with my dog and husband.
Assistant Animal Care Manager
I was born and raised on MDI and have loved animals my whole life. I began volunteering at the SPCA when I was a kid, then later I had to grow up and get a real job.
About two years later, I saw an ad on Facebook for a job opening at the shelter. I just had to get my hands on that awesome opportunity. I ended up getting the job, and it was by far the best thing that has ever happened to me.
My job here has led me to see so many animals find their forever homes, including my newest cat, Beauty. I happened to be working the day she was surrendered, all alone and helpless. She was the smallest, prettiest little black kitten I’d ever seen. I ended up taking her home to foster her, then realized that I wasn’t able to function without her.
Including Beauty, I have three cats and a dog. All of my animals are rescue animals, and two came from this SPCA.
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 six cats because I’m crazy. I would have dogs too except I don’t have the situation for them. My bajillion cats are: brothers Tyke (my baby boy pictured with me) and Zorro, Rita (adopted from this SPCA in 2018), sisters Dinah and Elena (foster fails from this SPCA), and Bob (another foster fail from this SPCA; he told me he was dying and I believed him. Spoiler: he’s fine.)
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. (We’re CD Mastro on Patreon, if you want to look us up, plug plug.)
Animal Care / Customer Service
I was so thrilled to get the call from the SPCA Director back in August of 2018; it was the start of the best job ever. I began that same month, working with the dogs. Now I work mostly with the cats. I also work at the front desk answering your calls and helping to find solutions to adoption questions.
I have four animals of my own, three of which are rescues: Melody the cat, Cowboy the cat, and Buddy the Beagle. Both Melody and Cowboy were rescued from our shelter here in Trenton. Melody will be 3 in August and Cowboy will be 5 in December. Buddy, who will be 3 on Christmas Day, was rescued from another shelter. Last, but certainly not the least, is Cuddles the cat who is almost 13 years-old.
I also had a wonderful shelter Beagle named Maura who was 9 years-old. I had her for just one year when in 2019 she sadly had to be put down.
Senior Animal Care
A crazy dog lady since Day 1, I originally hail from Washington, D.C., where I started my career in the animal care and veterinary field. I continued to pursue work in the veterinary field until recently when I switched to shelter work where I enjoy the overlap between the two. Though I currently do not have any pets myself, my family back in D.C. has a Jack Russell-lab mix named Wallace, and I am honorary step-mother to a 2-year-old male Siamese mix named Alice.
Above I’m hugging Rocky, one of our SPCA dogs who was looking for a forever home.
I’m an animal lover from birth. I have a pit mix at home. I started at the Hancock County SPCA as a volunteer, and now I’m working in cat care. I’m excited for all the learning opportunities to come.
As a child I was terrified of dogs. Imagine that! My parents helped cure that fear by bringing an adorable Boxer puppy, Timmy, into our lives. From that day on I was hooked.
As a teen, Dagmar, our beloved curly tailed Norwegian Elkhound, came into our lives. Dagmar fit in beautifully with our household of girls and she kept us all in line. We also “adopted” Lily, a stray cat who was always at our door looking for food. Lily became a delightful companion to all of us and was a stellar mouser!
Today, I live with three sweet dogs, a purebred Lab, a rescued Lab mix from Georgia, and an adopted Shitzu/Terrier mix from the SPCA HC! All the girls certainly keep me laughing.
I am honored to be working at the Hancock County SPCA helping to find the funds to nurture cats and dogs until we can find them loving homes. No pet deserves to go unwanted and unloved, and I am so grateful to everyone who supports the SPCA and its mission.