Abby Ruotolo

Background: I am a student at Essex Technical High School where I major in Veterinary Science.

First Pet: My first pet was a blue parakeet my family and I picked out at a pet store in 2002. His name was Pebbles and he lived with us for a happy 5 years.

Animals at Home: At the moment my house is taken over by three pets. I have two cats, one of which is a Maine Coon, Mittens, who is black and white tuxedo. He basically runs the household because he was my family's first pet after Pebbles the parakeet. The second pet we have is another cat/ pet named Pebbles. Pebbles is a gray Tabby who will do almost anything for a can of wet cat food. My third and final pet is my dog Lilly. Lilly is a yellow Lab mix, she definitely has her kinks but she always loves being around people, getting attention. All of my animals my family and I have adopted at various shelters. They are a huge part of my family and a large reason on why I love working with animals.

Why Do You Like Working With People Who Care About Their Animals? I love working with people who care about their animals because you'll always have similar experiences to relate to them with. Also, you are able to see a different, almost vulnerable, side of someone when they speak of someone or something they care about. It's a heartwarming experience to be there when someone talks about something they are passionate about. At HWVH we all are passionate about animals, so we always try our hardest to help you in any way we can. Some of us have been in similar situations and we will do the best we can to support and help. The staff at HWVH is all very kind, loving, passionate and hardworking. I could imagine working somewhere else or with another group of people.

What can people learn from animals: Unlike a lot of people, animals don't need many things to be happy. They are happy as long as they have food, water, and the attention they deserve. They don't care if you have the biggest mansion in the world or a small house in the suburbs. People can learn that you don't always need expensive things to be happy, maybe all you need is a nice relaxing sunset or a competitive game of Pictionary.