Meet Our Team
We often get asked the question “Why do you work here?”. And for most of us, it is not an easy answer to put into words.
Animal lovers come from all walks of life. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, single or have a family of your own. It’s of no significance what race or religion you are, or the colour of your skin. It’s not important if you’re in school or retired, if you’re gainfully employed or how much money is in your wallet. We reach people in our community from every aspect of life and the tie that binds us all is the love of animals.
Working at an animal shelter can have its share of challenges however the rewards can be tremendous. We have the pleasure of witnessing firsthand the generosity of our donors and community partners, the compassion and commitment of our volunteers and foster homes and the joy and excitement of our adopters.
The reason we truly work here of course is because of the animals. We have the privilege of working with so many who through no fault of their own need our help. We get to comfort them when they are lonely and reassure them when they’re scared. When they are sick or injured, we get to help them heal. We get to be the ones who watch them coming out of their shell when they realize that they’re in a safe place. And we get to be the first ones to tell them that mom or dad are on their way to take them home.
Simply put, the answer to the question “Why do you work here?” is because we need them just as much as they need us.
Hi, my name is Anne. I started at the Brant County SPCA 13 years ago as a Volunteer and was hired 6 months later as the Dog Adoption Coordinator. My Grandfather was a games keeper in Scotland & my father was a dog trainer & judge and worked as an animal care attendant in an animal hospital for over 30 years. So I guess you could say that my love and compassion for animals is definitely in my blood. Three years ago I took on a full time position at the shelter as an Animal Care Attendant. I had worked for over 30 years for a financial institution, but can honestly say I have found my dream job!
“I love cats because they can be so independent & dogs because they are so dependent on us as humans.”
Hi! My name is Christine. I have worked at the Brant County SPCA since August of 2015. When I started, I was working with the stray dogs that would come into the shelter. It was always so rewarding watching a dog you have worked with on a daily basis find their forever home. I was later trained working with cats where I worked in cat adoption and then trained on surgery where I hel…ped recover animals after their surgery. I found this the most interesting as it reflects the program I am currently taking at Conestoga College for Veterinary Office Administration. I absolutely love what I do and look forward to continue helping all the animals in need.
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly, you are doing the impossible.” ~Francis of Assisi
Hello, my name is Ian. I started working at the Brant County SPCA in 2011 as an Animal Control and Bylaw Enforcement Officer. In 2012, I was appointed as an Agent with the OSPCA as a Animal Cruelty Investigator. In 2014, I became the Manager or Animal Protective Services for the Brant County SPCA. After 4 years or employment here and being a resident of Brant County itself, I feel very fortunate to continue to serve and help make a difference in my own community. Being able to speak up and help abused and neglected animals is something I take great pride in.
“Humanity’s true moral test, its fundamental test, consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.” ~Milan Kundera
My name is Jenna Padfield and I have been working at the Brant County SPCA as an Animal Care Attendant and Surgical Assistant since May 2014. I’ve volunteered since I was a little girl and I was a dog walker with my aunt. I’ve always wanted to work with animals and I am now fulfilling that by working here. I have graduated from the Animal Care program from Sheridan College and the Vet Office Administration program from Ridgetown College. I am a proud mama and owner of my 5 year old Siberian Husky named Koda and my 8 year old black and white kitty named Sidney. I am proud to work here at the Brant County SPCA because I get to help the animals and be a voice for them. I enjoy helping out with the community and help educate the public in my best way possible. It feels very rewarding to be working here at the end of the day.
“Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.”
Hi, my name is Kandis and I work in Administration and Reception at the Brant County SPCA. I am proud to say I have been working here since 2008. Working for the shelter has been a very rewarding experience. Being able to provide essential care to all the animals that come into our care and for our clients to feel welcomed and appreciated each and every visit is very rewarding. It is a great privilege to be a part of such a wonderful organization, and our hardworking staff has made an incredible difference in the lives of each and every animal that has come into our care. We are one amazing team!
“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.” ~A.D. Williams
Hi, my name is Nadine and I am the Manager of Animal Care for the Brant County SPCA. I am a graduate of the Veterinary Technology program at St. Lawrence College. I have been working in the animal protection field for 30 years and have been with the Brant County SPCA for 16 years now. I am extremely proud of how this shelter has evolved over the years and of what we as an animal shelter have been able to accomplish for our community. We are fortunate to have some of the most dedicated staff in the business and I can’t wait to see what we will be able to achieve in the future.
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ~Anatole France
My name is Nancy and I have been an Animal Care Attendant here at the Brant County SPCA for the last 3 years. I have been working at the shelter on and off while I complete my schooling and will be returning to the University of Guelph this fall for my third year, working towards a Zoology degree. I hope to attend either veterinary or graduate school to study animal behaviour with a focus on animals in shelters. The Brant County SPCA has been an amazing opportunity for me to give back to my community and its animals while driving me to continue working towards my goal of embarking on a career path where I can help improve the lives of animals everywhere.
“People that say ‘money can’t buy happiness’ have never paid an adoption fee.”
Hi, I’m Niki and I am lucky enough to have been at the shelter since 2005, working in an animal care/adoption counsellor capacity. In this time I have also become a proud Foster parent and adopter to many animals. Currently have 2 beautiful collie mixes, a morkie rescued from a hoarding situation and even a few felines to call my own! My lifelong passion for animals drew me to the shelter and made me realize how many were truly in need. I take great pride in being able to care for the animals when they need it most. There is no better feeling then being able to rescue an animal, help them overcome what they’ve had to endure and placing them in new loving homes.
“My mission is to rescue. My dream is that one day I won’t have to.”
Hi my name is Presley and I am an Animal Care Attendant here at the Brant County SPCA. I started working here in September 2015 and I am proud to say that I absolutely love every part of it. As far back as I can remember, I have had a love for animals and knew I wanted be able to make a difference in many of their lives. Getting to work at the shelter I have that chance to provide the love and care they all deserve. I also have the privilege of watching them leave our care, happy and healthy with their forever families. In the future I plan on becoming a vet tech to be able to help and save many more lives. There is no better feeling then waking in the morning and going to do something you love. It never feels like a day of work. I also have three pets at home; two dogs Meeko and Precious, and one cat Scooby Doo that was adopted from the shelter.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~Dr. Seuss
My name is Rebecca Painter and I have worked for the Brant County SPCA as a surgical assistant and animal care attendant since September 2014. I started volunteering when I was 16, usually doing dog walking, cat socializing or helping with adoptathons. I love working for the shelter because I love knowing I make a difference in animals lives everyday. I am a proud fur momma to 3 cats; Smudge, Peanut and Beau and 2 dogs; Chloe, a 6 year old Papillon and Dallas, a 9 month old Shepherd mix.
“In a world full of people who couldn’t care less, be someone who couldn’t care more.”
I’m Robin Kuchma and I am the Executive Director of the Brant County SPCA. I have had the pleasure of being employed here since January 2002. Prior to that I was a volunteer for approximately a year and half where I enjoyed spending my time walking the dogs, fostering animals in need, assisting with cleaning the shelter as well helping to organize some of their annual events.
As you can imagine I was honoured when I was asked to become the Leader of such a great and wonderful organization. When I officially joined the team, I could not wait to work with the staff to begin implementing new ideas not only to better the lives of the animals in our care but also to improve the working conditions of those who worked tirelessly every day to care for them.
As I look back over the years to see the wonderful things that have been accomplished and to know that we truly have made a difference in the lives of so many, both human and furry, it makes me want to do more. One rescue, one adoption, one donation, one tear and most of all one smile at a time. I truly have been blessed to have been given such a wonderful opportunity.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ~Mahutma Ghandi