Shannon started with My Pit Bull is Family in 2014 and quickly became an expert in housing policy and surrender prevention for the animal welfare community. She has an extensive professional background in grassroots campaigns, voter outreach, community building, fundraising, homeless advocacy, and policy creation. Shannon is a tireless advocate for adults experiencing homelessness and was previously the Shelter Supervisor for the only pet-friendly emergency homeless shelter in the state of Minnesota.
Shannon holds a Master’s in Advocacy and Political Leadership where she centered her degree program around drafting policies to end housing and insurance discrimination for families with large dogs and graduated from the Executive Leadership Certification program for Animal Welfare at Southern Utah University in partnership with Best Friends Animal Society in 2021.
In 2019, Shannon developed the North Minneapolis Pet Resource Center program after volunteering at Minneapolis Animal Care and Control where she realized that her neighbors in North Minneapolis lacked access to quality pet food, supplies and resources leading to increased owner surrenders and at large pets.
She lives in North Minneapolis – Minnesota with her partner, Anthony, their two dogs Charlotte and Wilbur, and cat Max. You can usually find Shannon spending her free time binging true crime shows, starting books and not finishing them, dreaming about traveling & enjoying the outdoors with her family.