I am a single mother of 5 beautiful children, the youngest, Jalissa pictured here with me. We also have a cat named Leah that was a foster kitten I decided to make a part of our family. I have been with my VCA family since 2005.
My first job was with the Humane Society of Broward County. I started at an entry level and worked my way up to veterinary technician. I was exposed to all kinds of behaviors that dogs and cats can show. Some of the "bad" ones are simply misunderstood and those are the ones I enjoy working with the most. We have some kind of connection and understanding for one another. I once took in a pregnant dog that was abandoned at the shelter so she could give birth at my house instead of in a kennel. It put a smile on my face at the shelter seeing the dogs and cats go home with their new families as their new companions for life.
After coming to VCA, I felt how different it was right away. I learned how to perform dentals, take x-rays and assist in all kinds of surgeries and emgergency procedures. There is nothing like sending home a patient that was sick and is now feeling better. Seeing the love and relief on an owner's face is a great reward.
I enjoy what I do because we are the animal's eyes and voices. I have this motherly instinct in me which is why I try my hardest to make sure that our patients are healthy and our clients are happy.
I was 19 when I started working for VCA Stirling Square. Prior to that I worked at the Humane Society of Broward County. I remember the first euthanasia I had to help with, it was on a puppy that was very sick and there wasn't anything we could do to help him. I remember holding this small baby in my arms, I was crying and I felt bad that he didn't get a chance to even have a life. In time, I realized with every life lost whether it was their time or not, there are so many more we can save and help live longer and happier lives. My co-workers are more than co-workers; we are family. Every animal that comes into our hospital, no matter how small or big, naughty or nice, become part of our family as well. We work together with passion and commitment to make sure we help the ones that can't help themselves. And that's why I do what I do. Even on hard days I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
Ever since I was a little kid, I knew that somehow, I had to work with animals. I grew up around all sorts of pets, from dogs to birds to fish to the occasional lizard or two. When I was 10 and took in my first kitty - a stray that followed me around in a park - I found my best friend. That cat, Luna, is still my best friend today.
I vounteered and worked at the Humane Society of Broward County taking care of the cats. While there, I met a rambunctious orange kitten that had not found a home after two weeks in the shelter, so I gave him his forever home and gave my Luna a little brother. I brought that kitten to VCA for his checkup and met Kelly, who encouraged me to apply for a job. I was hired here at VCA Stirling Square and given the opportunity to receive cross training as a technician - my dream job. Working at VCA has been a dream come true. Here, I'm given the opportunity to work with all sorts of cats and dogs, and their families who pledge to give good care to them. I couldn't ask for a better team of co-workers. There's nothing I'd rather do than to spend my day getting sloppy wet kisses from dogs and happy purrs from cats!
As a child growing up in Puerto Rico I took in so many stray kittens and puppies that I would find in the neighborhood and hide them from my parents, feed them, care for them, and then beg my parents to let me keep them. I always had a passion for helping animals. I've always felt animals have the most sincere and purest form of love and loyalty.
In 2007 I started working for VCA and my passion for animals came into full force. I could finally help animals and work with them on a daily basis. In 2009, I took in a little puppy that turned out to have many medical problems. I've had her since and even through all the medical complications I've been through with her, if I could go back in time and choose a different puppy, I would have still chosen her, "Pinky". She is a constant reminder of the reason why I do what I do. If I can make all the difference n her life then I know I can make a difference in any other animals's life. I've had a few cats, rabbit, nursed baby kittens, fostered kittens, and many dogs over the years. But I currently reside with two, "Pinky" and her biological mother "Mama". The love that I have for them is unconditional and I know that their love is as well. That unconditional love is what keeps me doing what I do.