Chicago Manager, Pets for Life
Laurie Maxwell manages The HSUS's Pets for Life program in Chicago.
For years she has been drawn to helping people and animals in under-served communities, and she firmly believes in the Pets for Life philosophy of "meeting people where they are" in order to create change.
Working at animal shelters in under-served communities since high school, Maxwell developed a unique understanding of the obstacles members of such communities face when trying to provide their pets with optimal care.
Guided by Maxwell, Pets for Life Chicago is systematically removing these obstacles by providing block-by-block outreach. Free spay/neuter operations and dog training classes, large-scale vaccination clinics, and in-home assistance with health and behavior issues combine to empower owners and keep pets happy in their homes—and out of animal shelters. Maxwell believes these preventative measures provide the key to reducing pet homelessness.
A social worker at heart, Maxwell has counseled perpetrators of domestic violence and is earning her M.A. in social work administration from the University of Chicago.
Maxwell has worked for The HSUS, largely focusing on pit bull issues, since graduating from Penn State with a B.A. in corporate communications in 2007—the same year she adopted her beloved pit bull-type dog, Winston.
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