The Academy of Pet Careers Awards Female Entrepreneur Scholarship
The Academy of Pet Careers recently awarded Cassandra Christensen the Hannelore Bugby Scholarship for Female Entrepreneurs. The scholarship is offered once per year to a female student who shows ambition and aspires to start her own pet business. The ideal candidate is one who wishes to make a difference in the industry, according to company officials.
“I’d like to run a business where I’ll be training service dogs of many specialties, teaching group classes, working with dogs with behavioral issues and running a doggy day care,” Christensen said. “One of my future goals is to work with shelter dogs that are labeled ‘unadoptable’ due to behavior issues or their breed stereotype so that more dogs are able to find their forever homes.”
Christensen’s experience began at an early age when she was told the only way she could get a dog is if she trained it herself, company officials said. This led her to join her local 4-H club where she became an award winning 4-H Handler, officials added.
“She knew she wanted to own her own business as soon as she started high school, so she made it her goal to take every business course available to her,” officials said. “In addition, she spent her free time working with rescue dogs at her local shelter, dreaming of ways she could help them.”
The Academy of Pet Careers, which is headquartered in Chesterfield, Mo., operates in unison with Petropolis Pet Resort in St. Louis.