Shelby has always had an interest in the animal kingdom. Being fortunate enough to grow up in a household with every pet imaginable, this interest flourished and has persisted to this day. After graduating from Westfield State University with a B.S. in Biology, she’s continued her education at various sanctuaries across the United States and abroad. Having worked with everything from beluga whales to elephants, Shelby has had some exciting experiences. After moving back to Connecticut, she joined the VEC team in May 2017. Shelby lives with her dog Turkish, and her cat Dosi-doe. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with friends, paddle boarding, watching movies, and cuddling on the couch with her pets.