Tiny Tails to You! Staff Spotlight: Meet Kirsten!

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How long have you been working for Tiny Tails To You?

Since September 2017.

Who is your favorite Tiny Tails animal, and why?

The bearded dragons because, although they may look fierce, they’re very sweet and calm! I love how they’re content just hanging out on my shoulder.

Favorite non-Tiny Tails animal?

Hard to narrow it down to just one, but if I had to pick, it’d be raccoons.

Do you have a favorite memory from an event?

It’s more of a favorite type of memory, but all of the times when people are afraid to hold a certain animal because of how it looks, and then end up giving it a try and having a blast. It’s so cool seeing people overcome their uncertainty, and make new animal friends.

What is your favorite thing about working for Tiny Tails to You?

I think spending time bonding with animals is really therapeutic, so I love helping make those interactions possible.

Where are you from? How long have you lived in Austin?

I’m from North Carolina, and I’ve lived in Austin for over a year now.

Where is your favorite place in Austin, and why?

I newly discovered Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve, and instantly fell in love. They have peacocks wandering the grounds, and they have really cool trails that lead to a lake.

What is something you are really passionate about right now?

I’m really passionate about ecotherapy, which is why I love this job because it connects people and nature, for the betterment of both.

What do you do outside of working at Tiny Tails to You (hobbies, other work, etc…)?

I’m a full-time graduate student getting my masters in social work at UT Austin. I also work as a graduate research assistant at the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health. In my free time, I love spending time outdoors.