By Daniela Petrilli, Volunteer Leadership Committee member
Pets bring so much joy to our lives, but at times, they also bring allergies. I know first-hand what it is like to live with pet allergies and how to combat them without giving up your pet.
About three years ago, I purchased a home in DC and was finally able to bring a pet into my life. Having been a volunteer with the Washington Humane Society for almost five years, adopting from the shelter was a no-brainer. I remember one warm summer day in July 2011, I was volunteering at the New York Avenue shelter in "kitty city". Some cats were basking in the sun, while others were playing with their toys. I pulled up a chair and picked up a chubby, domestic short hair named Sweetie. I held her and scratched her ears as she purred in my lap. I put her down so I could turn my attention to the other cats, but Sweetie jumped back into my lap for more love. I finished my day of volunteering and left the shelter. On my way home, I kept thinking about Sweetie and shortly after, decided to foster her. Fostering Sweetie lasted one week, because I fell in love with her. I made the decision to make her a permanent part of my life, so I adopted her --Rather, she adopted me--Sweetie has brought so much joy to my life and I wouldn't trade her for the world!