As the proud owner of Petey and three other rescue dogs (yes, it’s a FULL house), Stephanie started her journey into animal welfare with a deep desire to help animals in need. After growing up in Rockville and attending Richard Montgomery High School, Stephanie went to the University of Maryland for undergraduate and graduate school, completing her master’s degree in Couple and Family Therapy. Stephanie decided that the first thing she was going to do post-college was to adopt a dog, and that’s when she found Petey.
Since then, Stephanie has volunteered, been employed by, and helped to start several other rescue groups before deciding to embark on her own journey. Stephanie never backs away from a difficult case and has fostered over 150 animals, many of whom had intensive behavioral or medical needs. With all of the knowledge learned by her “furends” in the rescue and animal sheltering community, Stephanie aims to create an adopter, foster, and volunteer experience that is free from judgment and personalized to fit your needs.
Stephanie currently works full time as a Senior Program Analyst for a local DC non-profit and puts the customer experience at the forefront of everything she does.
More about Stephanie (**Please listen to my conversation with Stephanie on the podcast player found at bottom of this page**):
Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
Just my husband, myself, our four dogs and a bunch of foster dogs in the home!
Q: What do you love most about what you do?
Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in the DMV?
Trattoria de Lina; Full On; Maki; Java Nation.
Q: How long have you lived or worked in the DC Metropolitan Area/MoCo?
My whole life!
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Brazil – I have family there and a beach sounds great!
Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
TV Show: When They See Us, Grey’s Anatomy (I may be one of the only people left who still watches); Movies – Moonlight, Lion King (classic), Wedding Crashers.
Q: What advice would you give to people?
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
Travel to Peru!
Q: What is your go to band when you can’t decide what to listen to?
Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
Obama; He just has so much knowledge and is a calming presence; Mon Ami Gabi.
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Montgomery County?
Grew up here – nowhere else quite feels like home.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
Hopefully saving more pups!
Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
Jeri Coa Coara in Brazil.
Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
May (it’s almost summer); Thanksgiving (FOOD); my birthday – February 19th.
Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
Q: Who inspires you to be better?
Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
Tomato sauce cooking – that means PASTA for dinner; Lavender.
Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
City, Love, Food.
Stephanie Arrington’s interview on the Real Estate, Wine, & More Podcast: