NACA’s September Humane Highlight

Meet Sarah! NACA’s September Humane Highlight

Sarah Rueli of Shelterluv software is part of the Growth and Customer Success team. Like most of us, at a young age, Sarah developed a strong passion for helping animals and people. She volunteered at her local shelter in Massachusetts and even one day lied to her parents about “finding” what then became a lifelong family cat. In 2015, she started working for a national pet food and retail brand. After moving cross country, she accepted a position on Michelson Found Animals’ marketing team in 2016 where she worked closely with their two Southern California adoption centers and broadened her knowledge on pet reunification. Now at Shelterluv, Sarah works directly with animal welfare organizations to ensure they have access to technology to make their lives easier and advises them on best practices.

Becoming a member of NACA and attending NACA conferences have given Sarah the opportunity to learn more about the important role of field and animal services professionals and the tremendous work they do in their communities. NACA has facilitated Sarah and the Shelterluv team’s ability to keep up with industry trends and learnings in order to develop their product to anticipate and meet the needs of the people that use it.

Sarah currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her two cats Yui and Arnie. She enjoys volunteering and fostering with local and international shelter and rescue organizations. She enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and meeting new people with the same passions. Sarah thanks each and every one of you for your hardwork and dedication and encourages you to reach out to say hello or with any questions at sarah@shelterluv.com. See you around! =)

Meet Sheila! NACA’s August Humane Highlight

Meet Sheila! NACA’s August Humane Highlight

Sheila Kouhkan is the Director of Client Services for Pethealth Inc., the umbrella organization for PetPoint, Chameleon, 24PetWatch microchips and lost & found registry, 24PetWatch pet insurance, and Michelson Found Animals microchips and registry. Sheila’s role primarily focuses on building valuable relationships and increasing lifesaving opportunities with partners using the many tools available to bring families together and keep them together. She started her professional career in animal welfare in 2009, working on compassionate legislation for the City of Los Angeles. She assisted with the passage of such measures as the bans on the commercial sale of puppy mill dogs, cat declawing, and the use of bull hooks on elephants in traveling shows. She began working in the world of animal welfare nonprofits in 2015 when she joined the team at Best Friends Animal Society, collaborating with local rescues to make Los Angeles a no-kill city. In 2017, Sheila accepted the Maddie’s® Fund Executive Leadership Fellowship and joined the teams at Austin Pets Alive! and Austin Animal Center in Texas, where she learned the ins and outs of animal welfare leadership and gained a passion for disaster response. Sheila is committed to using her diverse background and the resources available in her current role to bring vitality to lives furry and otherwise.

Sheila is thrilled to be a member of NACA and finds that it is a great way to connect with partners across the country. Through this organization, Sheila has been able to connect with leaders who have been in the industry for many years. These connections are extremely valuable when understanding how and why the industry has evolved into what it is today. Animal welfare is a dynamic industry and being a part of this group is like having a lifeline to the realities of our society and where we are headed. Gaining a deeper understanding of animal welfare through NACA has facilitated Sheila and the Pethealth team to ensure a focus on tools and resources to support shelter partners with their lifesaving goals and to keep pets with their families.

Sheila lives in San Diego, CA with her Husky mix, Ziba, and enjoys fostering for local shelter partners. She is always on the go and loves visiting organizations and hosting virtual happy hours to learn more about the great work they do. Feel free to reach out to Sheila to grab a virtual drink at Sheila.Kouhkan@pethealthinc.com.