We had the good fortune of connecting with Sandi Sagerian and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sandi, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I was meeting with friends when the issue of heartworm disease in shelter dogs the lack of testing, prevention, and treating infections came up. We researched and developed a business proposal to present to the administrative staff of the shelter we were all volunteering for at the time. They declined to implement the program so we decided to form a 501(c)3 and help the animals ourselves.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I began volunteering at age 16 as a Candy Stripper a the local hospital. Since I was aged 5, I’d dreamed of becoming a nurse, and this opportunity only served to cement my goal. I was accepted at Beth-El College of Nursing in Colorado Springs and, after graduating, launched a 43-year career in nursing. During this time, I continued to volunteer with my church, taught courses at the local community college, and was blessed with the birth of my two sons. If told I couldn’t do something, I’d dive in and work to prove them wrong. I found that I had a drive that could not be slowed.
I learned some pretty eclectic skills, from baking wedding cakes to hanging drywall, installing new lighting in the house to automotive repairs. I refused to, not at least try.
After I retired, we moved to AK and, within five months, founded a non-profit to help the homeless in the Mat-Su Valley. I was able to use my case management skills to assess the skill deficits of the clients and motivate them to try just a bit harder. Success was not easy, nor was it always achieved.
When we returned to TX to be closer to the grand and great-grandchildren, I started volunteering with one of the local animal shelters. I have found helping the animals and their owners to be one of the most rewarding vocations I’ve ever had.
Now that we have our rescue, I find it very rewarding, and although a financial struggle, I won’t give up just yet. I’m optimistic there is help just around the corner.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Day 1. Though technically not Houston,nothing says fun to me like a walk along the beach or visiting the little stores and restaurants along the seawall. A stop at the Ellysia for a tour, then the Bishops Palace, and finish with shopping, along the Strand. Day 2. The museum of Natural Sciences is always a winner with so much to see with a side trip to the Aquarium, lunch at Landry’s then catch a play at the Wortham Center. that night, or see who’s playing at the House of Blues.
Day 3. We’d explore space at the Johnson Space Center. Dinner at my favorite Mexican restaurant Don’keys in Pasadena, home of the ‘Don’keyita’ that will knock you on your keister.
Day 4. Fun at the Kemah Boardwalk with all the rides and great restaurants. Bakkhus offers a great shrimp kabob.
Day 5. The Houston Zoo is a marvelous full day excursion.
Day 6. Who’s playing? The Texans at NRG stadium or the Astros at Minute Maid Park?
Day 7. Let’s explore the underground Tunnels of Downtown Houston, and finish the day with the Houston Ghost & Pub tours.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shout out to the rest of the Board of Directors for Partners-4-Paws Cookie Shaneyfelt, Tara Cantieri, Kari Ramirez, and Lisa Windsor. Heartfelt recognition of our fabulous volunteers and tireless & loving foster families.

Website: https://www.partners-4-paws.org

Instagram: p4prescue

Twitter: @PartnersPaws

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/helpinghearts2018/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoHlXV71VOpwLHzviSe94GQ

Other: Partners-4-Paws also has a website dedicated to animal fostering. http://www.p4pfosters.com

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