Jessi Hurd, LVT, CHPT
Owner of Compassionate Pet Care of the U.P.
Co-Owner of Sheltered Harbor Pet Memorials
I have been a lifelong pet lover and turned that love into a career when I became a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) and furthered that when I became a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Technician (CHPT) to specialize in at-home senior pet and hospice care when I opened my business Compassionate Pet Care of the Upper Peninsula. I then also started another business, Sheltered Harbor Pet Memorials, with my husband making personalized pet memorial items to help families have something special to celebrate the pets in their lives. Throughout my career, my favorite thing has always been that one moment when a very sick pet that has gotten better, is reunited with their families. The immeasurable love that is expressed by both the family members and by the pet is the most heartwarming thing to see. In many ways pet adoptions are very similar; pets are going to their “fur-ever” homes with families that already love them. Because, you see, “love at first sight” is a very real thing when it comes to adopting pets. They say “money can’t buy love” but it sure can adopt love in the form of a shelter pet. I am very excited to get once again involved with and help support UPAWS. UPAWS doesn’t just adopt pets to families, they are tradespeople of pet love. I will gladly get “locked up” until others can donate enough to “bail me out.” Donate a little or a lot, it all goes toward continuing to care for pets before someone falls in love with them enough to bring them home.