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Paige’s WeSNiP Story

Paige Schmelzer  |  Executive Director

I have always had a passion for animal welfare. I remember adopting my first cat when I was 8 years old after my parents divorced. Shamrock, a grey tabby, was my best friend. My constant companion and confidant, he was the inspiration for my desire to dedicate my life to animal welfare.My first experiences were as a WWF member (World Wildlife Fund, not Wrestling!) and PETA, followed by volunteering at the Woodland Park Zoo when I was 16 years old. Each Saturday I dedicated my time to caring for the animals there, volunteering in the Australasia, Primates and Tropical Rainforest exhibits. (In fact, I helped open the Tropical Rainforest exhibit at the zoo – I’m aging myself!)

After graduation, I began working for a large non-profit that helps people on the margins of society. I was the Human Resource Director for Pioneer Human Services and oversaw sixteen behavioral health units across the state, including two in Whatcom County. I worked for Pioneer for ten years until I stepped away from corporate life to become a stay-at-home mom.

While raising my daughter, Lily, I realized that I wanted to return to helping animals in some way. I reached out to The NOAH Center and joined their volunteer program by fostering kittens. After one year in the foster program, a position opened – and I’m proud to say I was the Volunteer and Outreach Director for NOAH just over four years. (In fact, if you’ve ever watched The NOAH Center’s Facebook page, you may recognize me as the crazy cat lady! I have nine cats -eight inside and one feral- plus one dog, just to balance things out.)

My previous experience at NOAH led me to learning about WeSNiP, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I have long been impressed with WeSNiP itself and the mission of serving cats, dogs and underserved humans really resonates with me.

I am so honored to now be a member of the WeSNiP family, and for the opportunity to continue working within my passion for animal welfare. I  am excited for the future, and am looking forward to growing and continuing to make an impact in the communities we serve.

I welcome any and all comments, ideas and feedback that you may have. Please feel free to reach out to me – I look forward to speaking with you!

Phone – 360-733-6549

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