Learn more about our Staff Counselors by clicking their name below.
As a Registered Pet Funeral Director, Debbie, is a sweet angel on earth to loving pet parents everywhere. Debbie's love for all pets is seen in the kind and compassionate way she cares for every detail of your pet's final arrangements. Debbie's own little fur babies include her sweet Yorkies, Abbie and Bear. Debbie said when she found Bear, "could not resist these little fur paws reaching out of a cage while being sold from the back of a pickup truck in the hot summer sun." She knew she had to rescue him! After losing another of her beloved Yorkies, "Robbie" to a tragic accident, she knew she wanted to help others through the loss of a beloved pet. Here Debbie feels that she is able to do just that and wants to make sure her hugs and words are helpful to the hearts of those experiencing grief.
Meet our Staff Counselor, Kayla. As the granddaughter of Doyle and Maudann Shugart, Kayla has loved and cared for pets her entire life. She is an avid fur mommy to two Yorkies, Kaia (pictured here) and Molly, and one soft-coated Wheaton Terrier named Kingston. Kayla and her husband became proud parents to their first daughter in February.
Susan has a natural affinity for animals, a kind spirit, and a compassionate heart that has enabled her to understand the needs of pet parents who have lost a beloved pet. She began working with us part-time and is now a full-time Staff Counselor and has been with us for more than seven years. As someone who truly enjoys helping and comforting others, Susan finds it “rewarding to know that she is assisting others during a difficult time in their lives.” Susan and her family have a beloved rescue named “Daisy”. “Daisy”, who is a Lab-Dalmatian-Terrier mix, was rescued from Helping Paws Rescue/Pawtropolis out of Athens, GA. According to Susan, during her first visit to meet Daisy, “she put her paw on my heart and I knew from that moment she belonged with us”.
BiBi, our resident staff counselor, came to the Chamblee office as an 8-week old beautiful tiny tabby in Oct. 2006. Someone had dropped her off and we found her underneath the office building and coached her inside. She was shy for only a few days and is now a very loving and friendly kitty. She welcomes everyone into the office and loves a good rub down!
Vader, was our resident furry staff counselor, for more than 12 years. He was a beautiful shiny black male cat adopted from Peachtree Animal Hospital in January 2008 as a playmate for our sweet "BiBi". They were the best of friends! Sadly, our beloved Vadar passed away in July 2020. We miss our beloved Vadar who was always fun, always curious and playful and so very smart. He will forever be in our hearts. Until we meet again at Rainbow Bridge.....