There is a saying that you shouldn’t work with kids or animals, they’ll steal the spotlight for sure. But Jessica doesn’t mind. In fact, she’d rather they have the spotlight and dedicates most of her life, professionally and personally, to seeing that they do. Jessica is from upstate New York (Medina), and lived in the Bay Area before moving to Sacramento about 9 years ago. She has worked as an ICU vet tech in animal shelters in the Bay Area and Sac and went to Foothill Community College, studying as a vet tech. She’s been interested in helping animals since she was 6 years old, when she gave all of the family pets health exams. As much as she liked the hands on work with animals, she ultimately decided that animal advocacy was her calling and she now works for Born Free USA, an orginization that advocates on the behalf of exotic and captive wildlife. On her own time she blogs (Confessions of a Euthanasia Technician), runs fashion shows that benefit animal rescue shelters, and has just started a jewelry line. If that’s not enough, she and her fiance, who she met here in Sac, will be getting married this year. Jessica likes most music, right now she’s into Wax Tailor and Bennie Benassi. Her favorite movies are Across the Universe, The Notebook, and her favorite TV is Mad Men(!). Jessica is 31.
Favorite Accomplishments: While working at an animal shelter, we had a dog that was wrongfully condemned to die in a ‘dangerous dog’ case. It was a case of mistaken identity. The dog was sweet and tested well for bomb detection work. So I faked his death and sent him into the ‘doggie protection program’. He is now a bomb squad dog.
Regrets: Every decision I’ve made has gotten me where I am now and I love my life! So, no regrets.
What are your passions and obsessions: Professionally, animal advocacy. Speaking for those that can’t speak for themselves. Personally, my fiance. He’s the love of my life. And my ‘fur-kids’, they keep me going.
What’s something about you that surprises people? That I have 9 large tattoos. I generally hide them for professional reasons, but when people see me socially they are always surprised. It’s like they think people with tattoos can’t be professionals.
What’s the toughest thing you’ve gone through? Within a 6 month period, I was robbed by knife and gun-point 3 separate times. By the third time I had post-traumatic stress disorder and it took several years to get over. I still get startled easily, but I’ve come a long way.
Sound Off!: Spay and neuter your pets, please! 25% of animals entering shelters are pure-breeds. Right now it’s summer and that means kitten season. Kittens are arriving in shelters by the boxload and not enough people adopting them. Many get put to sleep. The number of animals in shelters is at an epidemic level. There is no reason not to spay or neuter your pet in the face of so many animals dying in shelters everyday.