Meet our R.V.T. Erin Carling

“For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to work with animals. I pursued my dream by attending the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in the small town of Truro NS. I completed my first two years of a BSc in Animal Science before completing a 3 year Animal Health Technology program and obtaining my RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician) status. After graduation in 2002, I worked in a small animal practice in my hometown of Moncton NB before moving to the Niagara area in 2004. I have been working in area clinics ever since. I was fortunate enough to start working at the Welland Humane Society in January 2014 and have been at the Spay Neuter Clinic since we opened in May 2014. I currently reside in the Niagara area with my husband, 2 step children and our 4 cats Douglas Fir, Bob, Mona and our newest addition Gordie.”

Meet our Veterinary Technician Sheleen

“Ever since I was little I was obsessed with animals, and I knew that one day I wanted to work in the animal field. I took my first step towards my goal by attending the veterinary Technicians course at Georgian College in Orillia, ON. Soon after graduating I was fortunate enough to find a job here at the Welland Spay & Neuter Clinic. When I’m not at work you can find me horseback riding or be cleaning stalls at a stable close to my home in Pelham, ON. At Home, I have my two fur babies, Hudson a husky Shephard x and Kitty a DMH torbie I adopted from the shelter soon after starting my Job.”

Meet Krystle Vanderzanden our Receptionist

“I have always had an interest in animal care. In 1997, I worked in a veterinary clinic in Eastern Ontario for 6 years, hoping to navigate my way down the right path for a career working with animals. I then pursued a diploma in Equine Agriculture at KCAT, University of Guelph. I continued in the equine field by completing a 2 year program in Registered Equine Massage Therapy in college. I moved to the Niagara Region in 2006, following a boy, who is now my husband and father to my 2 beautiful children. Since 2007, I have been working at the Welland & District Humane Society, and began working for the Welland & District Regional Spay Neuter Clinic when it opened its doors in 2014. I have seen this organization grow and am happy to be a part of a shelter that is continuing to move forward in outreach within the community and expanding its resource to surrounding areas. At home, I love spending time with my family, my dogs, cat and farm animals.”

Meet Dawn Gignac our Veterinary Assistant

“I started working at the Welland SPCA in 2013. I worked with the cats and loved seeing all the “homeless” cats find wonderful loving homes. I have been working at the Welland Spay Neuter Clinic since we opened in May 2014 and I am loving it. I have 3 cats, Coconut, Snickers and Darkness, all of which have come from the shelter. My dog Rozz is a Lab/Chow X and is in her senior years. I worked at a local clinic for 22 years before starting at the shelter. I have always known that this is the field I should be working in and I am very happy to now be working at the clinic.”

Meet Kyra Kovacs our Veterinary Assistant

“I started volunteering for the Welland and District SPCA at the Cat Adoption Centre as well as the fund-raising committee since 2013 knowing that I have always been interested in working with animals. I started volunteering at the Welland & District Regional Spay and Neuter Clinic in January 2015 before being hired a couple months later. I am currently a Biology major at Brock University and have had an amazing time at the clinic gaining experience as an aspiring veterinarian. I currently live in Welland with my three fur babies Jazzie, Bella, and Roxy and my leopard gecko Buddy.”

Dr. Sandra Fazakas

I have always loved animals of every kind. My dream career began in 1999 when I graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario. Prior to that I received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. Over many years, I have gained veterinary expertise in both medicine and surgery. I have also worked alongside board-certified specialists in the field, increasing my skills and training to provide the utmost in patient care. I am an avid SCUBA diver and spend many hours underwater both locally and in exotic locations around the world. I live in Dundas with my husband Jim, our two rescue cats, Rincewind and Marcel, and various indoor and outdoor fish. I am thrilled to be a part of this great team and feel strongly about the ability to make a difference preventing unwanted pets. I am glad to help people in the community because I believe every pet deserves a home.