Meet the Staff...
Emily Shift Supervisor
Leah Russell has been a part of the ABC family since early 2014. Leah’s genuine love of animals, energetic work ethic and desire to keep the dogs happy and active makes her the perfect addition to our staff. Leah will play fetch with the dogs for hours and you will often see her cuddling the dogs or helping them build their confidence by teaching them to climb the play equipment. Leah also assists with grooming and training classes. When she is not at ABC, Leah worked as the assistant Animal Control Officer of Old Lyme. She is certified in Pet CPR and Disaster Response, and has attended numerous conferences taught by esteemed trainers such as Pia Silvani, Sue Sternberg and Michael Shikashio. We are proud to have her as a part of the team at ABC, and cannot wait to see what the future has in store for her here!
Emily has always shared her life with animals and she currently lives on a large farm with horses, cattle, and chickens. Of course along with her farm animals she also has a farmhand, her boxer Boomer. Emily has been with ABC for about 3 years and has been a great asset to our team!
Leah (Lo) has had a love for dogs starting at a young age. Being raised around dogs her entire life, it took the recent passing of her rescue Mia to make her realize she needed to pursue a career working with them. Being in the serving industry for the last 14 years she decided to leave and pursue her passion of dogs. She is eager to learn everything ABC has to offer. When not at ABC you can find Leah working with her puppy Kanelo, kayaking with her family and tending to her garden and compost.
Tiffany Shift Supervisor
Tiffany has had a career working with animals and shares her home with 5 bully breed mixes. She was a dog trainer at Petco for four years and went onto being a groomers assistant. She brings her knowledge of canine behavior and training to our daycare yard as well as our training classes.
Mackenzie- Office Manager
MacKenzie joined ABC during the fall of 2021. She no longer found satisfaction in her previous career in restaurant management. While she may be new to a career involving dogs, her love for fur babies stems from early childhood. She currently shares her home with 2 cats (Tinkerbell & Bear), along with 4 Labrador retrievers (Finn, Coral, Boomer, and Axel). When MacKenzie’s not at work, she’s going on hikes/ walks with her dogs, doing art projects at home, hanging out with family, or tending to her many house plants! Mackenzie is our office manager at ABC, so to be sure to say hi when she brings your dogs out in the afternoon!
Ever since she was a little girl, Reaghan has had a love for animals. She grew up always surrounded by animals of all types. The “Mandeville Zoo” is what her family jokingly calls her childhood home. She loves making relationships with all of the dogs and getting to know their personalities! She has been assisting in our obedience training classes and hopes to become a trainer and continue her education in all things animal!