The Owner

Shelley with Maui, a customer who was adopted from the Athens County Dog Shelter

Shelley Lieberman grew up in Athens, graduated from Athens High School and received undergraduate and master’s degrees from Ohio University. Leaving Athens to work for the Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Olympics and other sports teams, her career took her into Alumni Development for colleges such as Georgia Tech and the College of William & Mary. After ten years away she returned to Athens to work at Ohio University College of Business. She found herself thrown into pet rescue due to stray & feral cats who were living in her mother’s yard – the rest is history. Shelley became involved with Trap-Neuter-Return, began rescuing dogs off chains with Dogs Deserve Better and using her PR skills to get the word out about puppy mills with people she met along the way. Eventually she joined the board of the Athens County Humane Society and served as vice president from 2007-2013. Lieberman says, “Purchasing Friendly Paws and creating a positive atmosphere to support local rescue animals is very important to me. I love talking to people about their pets and helping them solve any issues they may be having. Meeting the dogs and cats, makes it a joy to go to work each day.”

Attending the Sweet Tea Social, a fundraiser for My Sister's Paws.

Attending the Sweet Tea Social, an annual fundraiser for My Sister’s Paws.

Shelley is a firm believer in giving back to the community that she loves. Currently Shelley serves on the board of directors for the SE Ohio Food Bank, a division of Hocking Athens Perry Community Action and is a member of the Athens County Children Services board of directors. She is a past member of My Sister’s Place’s board and is the founder of My Sister’s Paws – a program to assist women with their pets when entering the local domestic violence shelter. A small on-site pet shelter was built onsite from events Shelley has held and from grant funding of another volunteer. Donations to Friends of the Shelter Dogs, SPOT, the Athens County Humane Society, as well as other local pet charities, are important to her.

Shelley’s Pets

Carmella is 11 years old. Rescued by a young girl at a school who witnessed young boys throwing her against a brick wall. She recovered at my home and was to be adopted but ended up being returned as she could not get used to the dog in the household. Carmella is beautiful – and she knows it!

Nova is 9 years old.  This guy has the longest tail you’ve ever seen and purrs all the time. He cries for me when I’m not there and just loves to snuggle. He hearts Carmella, but she does not love him – which makes for some interesting interactions.

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