Sandy Appel, Business Manager

Why and how did you become involved with HSKC?

“I’ve always worked in human services. My career has led me from The Department of Aging to Chestertown Physical Therapy and then to Kent Youth. I grew up here and was a Business Major in college. This is the first job I’ve had that’s given me the opportunity to work with animals, but I’ve been surrounded by them my entire life. Even though I work on the business end of things, I love it. I get to watch kittens play or have a dog at my side while I work. I feel lucky to work in a place where I can do that.”

Do you have pets?

“I have a mixed breed dog named Cooper and a cat named JJ that my family and I adopted from the Queen Anne’s County shelter a year ago. We have eight chickens that we have had since they were chicks. It’s neat to watch them grow and collect their eggs. I have always dreamed of living on a farm, surrounded by animals.”

What’s your favorite thing about HSKC?

“I like how we work together here. Being able to see the steps we’re taking to make this shelter better…it’s inspiring. We come up with solutions together. Everyone is so passionate about this place and what we do here. I have never worked in such an exciting environment! You never feel alone—everyone supports each other.”

What do you do when you’re not at the shelter?

“I love spending time with my family, my husband and three kids. I have two grandkids now, too! My favorite time is spent in the evenings with my cat, JJ in my lap and my dog, Cooper at my feet. No matter what kind of day I’ve had, I instantly feel better with them by my side. That’s what having animals is all about.”