With a life-long love of animals and the natural world, Valerie has rescued and rehabilitated countless animals from abandoned pets and injured wildlife to abused and neglected horses. While studying for her nursing degree she worked as a veterinarian technician and saw first-hand the difficult process that the families of terminally ill and elderly pets go through when the end of their beloved companion nears.
The death of her own canine companion of nearly two decades, Marty, convinced Valerie of the need for hospice care for animals as well as grief support for their human family members. Pawsitive Memories is a realization of nearly two decades of health care experience, specific understanding of comfort care and a desire to help others through the grieving process of a pet with dignity, empathy and understanding.
This dream has been realized with the help of Terry Branson and Kate Moore who founded Beyond the Rainbow Pet Hospice and Memorial Center in Ft. Worth TX , the first pet hospice in the state of Texas. Valerie is also supported in her dream by her loving husband Roberto, her faithful dogs Chance, Isabelle, Rae, and Dante as well as by her devoted cats Savanna and Peggy Sue.