ARpic Shannon has been with Animals Rule Rescue since the beginning, 2003.  As a resident of San Pedro, at the time, she was looking for an outlet that afforded her the opportunity to ”give back” to the community in which she lived.  In April of 2003 she met Stephanie while shopping at Creative Pet Supply. They shared the same vision of decreasing the amout of homeless pets in their community and the rest is history.

Shannon is the secretary and one of the current board members of Animals Rule. She is in charge of and runs the AnimalsRule.org website and promptly answers incoming email regarding all aspects of animal rescue. She physically visits the local city and county shelters doing dog assessments for entry into our rescue program. She is also involved in all aspects of our dogs adoption process into permanent homes.  She has taken several photoshop and photography classes on her off time to learn how to showcase a dogs personality through portraits, hence captivating a potential adopters interest in one of the rescue dogs. Shannon spearheads a lot of the off site adoption events and fundraisers and has a tremendous amout of fostering experience. She is proud that each of her fosters leave her home housebroken, able to sit and lay down on command, are well socialized and have good house and play manners.  Shannon has participated in agressive dog behavior classes at the Harbor Animal Shelter and has taken several basic and advanced dog obedience training courses and was a volunteer for LA Animal Services before deciding to join Animals Rule.

In 1992 Shannon graduated as a Registered Nurse from Long Beach City College.  Knowing she wanted to work in Emergency Medicine, she applied for and was hired at LAC-USC Trauma Center in downtown Los Angeles.  Out of 250 experienced applicants she was hired into one of six open postitions available in the ER as a new graduate, an unheard of accomplishment at the time.  She stayed at LAC-USC Trauma Center until 1998 while continuing to work at White Memorial Medical Center's Emergency Room until 2005.  In 2000, Ronald Reagan UCLA Emergency Medicine Center is where she called home for the next 8 years. She holds specialty certifications in the care of Pediatric Trauma, Adult Trauma, Cardiac/MI and Stroke patients. Shannon has over 25 years exprience dealing with difficult, split second decision making, multitasking, public relations, rehabilitation, end of life decisions and stress in extreme and sometimes unusual circumstances. She has also delivered three babies on her own.

Animals Rule takes in alot of sick and or injured animals who need surgery from our local city and county shelters.  Dogs who would have not chance of survival otherwise get that chance at Animals Rule Rescue. Shannon is able to bring her 25 years of human medicine knowledge and experience to the animal world which helps with the general understanding of post operative orthopedic rehabilitation and recovery, vaccinations, medication, microchipping, anesthesia and spay and neuter surgery.

Shannon could not do this without the support of her husband Chuck, an LA City Fire Captain,  who has been by her side for over 25 years. Together they have 3 dogs.  Chloe the Pug, Rico a little teacup Chihuahua, and Remi the Great Dane.

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