Alison Putnam began fostering for a local animal shelter in 2005 - caring for two puppies rescued from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Always an animal lover, the experience encouraged her to become more involved in promoting the human-animal bond. After many years fostering, Alison began volunteering as a puppy raiser for an organization that raised, trained, and placed service animals with wounded or disabled veterans. In 2014, after a rewarding career in financial services, Alison joined the Humane Rescue Alliance to pursue a dream to work in animal welfare.Alison has a B.A. in Economics from Goucher College, an M.S. in Accounting from American University, Kogod School of Business, and a Master’s certificate in Animal Policy and Advocacy. She shares her life with her partner; two german shepherds, Greta (an HRA Alum) and Gunther; and Dolley, a yellow lab. Dolley was raised and trained by Alison to be a service dog, but couldn’t adjust to the rigorous advanced training protocol. Now Dolley and Alison work as a therapy dog team visiting hospitals, adult senior communities, libraries, and anywhere the comfort of a friendly, 85 pound lap dog is needed. In her spare time, Alison enjoys working as a taste tester for her friend’s vegan desserts!
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