Katie spent her childhood begging her (allergic) parents for a dog. She was the proud owner of many fish, hamsters, gerbils, and at one point a large iguana that she lovingly walked around her front yard with a harness and leash. When Katie graduated college and moved out to NC and got her own place, she knew it was time for a dog so she started volunteering and fostering with a local rescue. The third dog Katie fostered was pregnant and had a litter of 6 in her tiny apartment, and this is how Katie adopted her first puppy - Cooper. A few years later came Abby, who was a well-known Unleashed customer that would be heard barking in the parking lot while dragging Katie inside to see JP for some treats and belly rubs.
Finally having two dogs of her own inspired Katie to start researching how to do the best for them. She spent a lot of time at Unleashed as a customer trying to learn all about nutrition and what kind of toys her wild-child lab would not destroy. A passion for all things holistic, healthy, natural and eco-friendly developed and Katie decided to take a leap and follow her heart with a big career change.
Katie joined the Unleashed team in 2010 and has worked in every store at some point. Katie and Rusty's family expanded in 2017 to include a 2 legged family member, Levi, of whom both Abby and Cooper approve. In 2018, Katie adopted an adorable puppy, Britches, and in 2019, Katie's family grew once again, with the addition of a second 2-legger, Luke. When she's not in a store, Katie spends a lot time tending to her flock of chickens (she's at 25 at the time of this bio!) and plotting her next moves to bring in some goats and honeybees.
Prior to working at Unleashed, Katie served as the medical director of a local rescue group. After many years in various Unleashed stores, Katie has returned to her rescue roots, combining her passions, and has taken on the role of Unleashed's Outreach Manager. Unleashed does so much for local rescue organizations and the community as a whole, and Katie will be there to facilitate this important part of the Unleashed mission.