Betty is the driving force behind Happy Kids-Happy Pets. Motivated by her dedication to the cause of animal welfare, she began with an initially modest concept for animal trading cards. Over the next three years, she guided and shaped the development of that simple idea, with the potential to make a large difference in the lives of many. Blessed with an eye for talent and the unerring ability to challenge and bring out the best in others, she carefully assembled a team to fully realize her vision.
Betty’s tenacity and belief in this undertaking have been both the fuel that moved it forward and the glue that held it together. Betty’s fierce determination, uncompromising leadership, and organizational acumen – along with her ability to work with others – are responsible for the existence, scope, and depth of Happy Kids-Happy Pets. She credits her faith in God with presenting her this opportunity to make a difference in the world through the project, and the strength to complete it. She wrote many of the stories on the cards herself and oversaw the tone and direction of the body as a whole.
Betty has always loved animals, but it was when she moved near a local animal shelter that she learned first-hand how sad such a place can be for the dogs and cats that live there. She was heartbroken by the sight of so many animals in need of people to show them love and give them a home; she especially hated to see deserving pets locked in small cages for months or longer. They were yelling “Please, get me out of here!” She began volunteering at the shelter, doing her best to walk as many of the animals as possible and show them affection. But after many months, she realized there was only so much a single person on her own could do to help at that level.
Betty says the animals’ eyes begged her, “Please, help me.” With that goal in mind, she has brought to life the Happy Kids-Happy Pets project and its mission of improving the lives of the two groups who pull at her heart the most – children and animals.