by Nancy E. Hassel, American Pet Professionals, Weekly Featured Member

Welcome to our weekly featured member of American Pet Professionals! This week, October 6, 2015 we feature Pamela Green of Kent Animal Shelter!

Kent Animal Shelter is a  Not for profit, 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to the welfare of homeless animals. Adoption, Rescue, Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic, Humane Education, Pet Therapy for Seniors and a Retirement Home for cats that survive their owners. Founded in 1968, located on the banks of the Peconic River in Calverton.

Check out our fun Q&A interview with Pam and her answers and her experience so far in the Pet Industry:

How long have you been in the Pet Industry?

30 years

What drew you to the Pet Industry?

Love of animals and wanting to make a difference

The best thing about your experience so far?

Seeing a homeless animal rescued from a crisis situation and re-homed into a forever home

Are you a solo petrepreneur or do you have employees?

26 on staff

If you could change/add/create ONE thing in the pet industry what would that be?

Stop pet dealers and pet shops from selling puppy mill dogs

What is the most interesting thing about your business or rescue group?

The tremendous amount of work that it does even though it is a small non-profit

Do you set goals for you business? Weekly/Monthly/Quarterly/Yearly?

To exceed numbers of rescues and adoptions from the year before

Do you remember the last time you had a weekend off?


Do you regularly take vacations?


Your biggest complaint about the industry?

Individuals and Corporations making a profit off the suffering of animals

How many pets did you treat last week? Or pet clients did you cater too?

100 spay/neuter surgeries, 22 adoptions

What is your advice to a young person joining the pet industry?

Never loose focus, never stop trying

What is the best thing you have done for your business to help you grow?

Making the experience of everyone that visits a good one

When did you realize that this industry was more fun/rewarding/compassionate (add your own!) than a previous industry you may have worked in?

I have not worked in any other industry

If you weren’t in the pet industry – what other profession would you love to do?


What is your favorite cocktail of choice?


Favorite book/movie/TV show?

Big Bang

Most amazing place you have been to on planet earth?


Favorite meal?


When you were a kid, and someone asked, what did you want to be when you grow up? What was your answer?


Favorite color?


Your favorite or most inspirational quote?

Great Spirits Have Often Been Thwarted by Mediocre Minds

Hobbies you love that don’t involve pets, if any! 🙂

bicycling, tennis, skiing

How many pets do you currently own?


Kent Animal Shelter is located in Calverton, NY (on Long Island), and Pam can be reached by email at or you can check the Kent Animal Shelter website

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