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Leading Ladies in Animal Welfare: Celebrating Women’s Impact

March 28, 2024

This Women’s History Month, let’s celebrate the remarkable contributions of leading ladies on animal welfare. Meet 6 inspiring women who are making the world a better place for animals. From influencers using their platform for good to innovative entrepreneurs shaping the pet industry, these TAILblazers are truly leading the way. Join us as we honor their dedication and impact in the animal welfare space, not just this month, but every month!

Business Owners

Dr. Christina Rahm, owner of Bill & Coo, holding a dog.

Dr. Christina Rahm – Bill & Coo

Dr. Christina Rahm is an international scientific leader who creates innovative formulas to solve global issues for the environment, people, and animals. Moreover, she believes that animals deserve the same level of care and attention that we give to ourselves. Her latest venture, Bill & Coo, is a supplement line specifically designed for the well-being and health of your pets. Additionally, Dr. Rahm provides nutraceutical pet products, backed by scientific research, to promote optimal health in animals.

Videlle, owner of In Pups We Trust, with her dog.

Videlle J. – In Pups We Trust

In Pups We Trust is a unique and innovative brand that creates dog products (that are cruelty-free and made with the environment in mind) from a pup’s point of view. Furthermore, Videlle emphasizes black pet ownership and promotes inclusivity within the industry. By overcoming systemic barriers and promoting diversity, she’s helping break down stereotypes and making pet ownership accessible to all. Videlle also speaks openly about biases in the pup community from animal adoption prejudice to specific breed stereotypes.

Activists & Advocates

Rawaa Kilani, founder of CatConnect, holding a cat.

Rawaa Kilani – CatConnect 

Rawaa Kilani has been saving animals for 25 years and is the founder of CatConnect, a nonprofit that reunites pet owners with animals left behind in Syrian war zones and finds new homes for the stray cats and dogs from Syria. Additionally, before she was forced to leave Damascus, Syria’s capital city, Rawaa personally adopted 40 cats and used to feed up to 150 strays a day. Furthermore, Netflix featured her in the 2018 docuseries Dogs, in which Rawaa helps a Syrian refugee smuggle his husky out of the war-torn capital.
Dr. Tierra Price, founder of  BlackDVM Network, holding a puppy.

Dr. Tierra Price – BlackDVM Network 

When Dr. Tierra Price realized there was a large gap in resources for Black veterinary professionals, she founded BlackDVM Network, a first of its kind online platform that connects Black veterinary professionals for mentorship and advancing veterinary medicine. This safe space develops and empowers successful professionals who can inspire others from diverse backgrounds, and provides a sense of belonging. Dr. Price’s commitment to highlighting Black veterinary professionals is directly related to her desire for a mentor she could identify with.


Angela Refuse, founder of My Grandfather's Cat, holding her cat.

Angela Refuse – My Grandfather’s Cat

Through sharing videos of her cat Mackenzie on TikTok, Angela heard countless stories of how many seniors worried about what would happen to their pets when they moved to a retirement home or passed away. So, Angela started the charity My Grandfather’s Cat to help seniors and terminally ill people keep their pets for as long as possible. They also provide a free rehoming service to help keep pets in loving homes.

Hannah Shaw, founder of Orphan Kitten Club, with her cats.

Hannah Shaw – Orphan Kitten Club

With 1.3 million followers on Instagram and 1.6 million subscribers on Youtube, Hannah uses her social media presence to teach humane education and proper care for kittens. She also founded Orphan Kitten Club, a nonprofit transforming the landscape of kitten welfare in the US and creating a safer world for neonatal kittens. She’s dedicated her life to innovative kitten care and protecting vulnerable felines.




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