I am Founder and President of Golden Oldies Cat Rescue. As a Monterey native I worked for 20 years as a newspaper journalist in the San Joaquin Valley. I graduated from Notre Dame High School in Salinas. At Fresno State University, I earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication/journalism. After leaving the newspaper industry I pursued a lifelong love of animals working for a daycare/boarding facility for dogs and cats in Fresno. Also I ran my own pet-sitting and dog walking business.
Then in October 2013 I returned to the Monterey Peninsula. For 2 ½ years I worked as an animal care technician at the SPCA for Monterey County. While working at the SPCA I began dreaming of starting a rescue for older cats. The desire to make that dream a reality became even stronger in April 2016 when I helped an 11-year-old orange polydactyl named Punkin find a home. Punky, who is Golden Oldies’ mascot, was my final incentive. I gathered a group of people who shared my vision of new beginnings for older cats. Golden Oldies was founded in June 2016. I still live in Monterey with my four SPCA for Monterey County cats: Lucky, Flumpy, Junebug (Buggy) and Tumbleweed (Weedy). Also I share guardianship of Kayden, a golden retriever.