Paula’s love of animals was fostered from an early age as the daughter of a small-animal
veterinarian (her father) and a champion show dog breeder (her mother). She grew up with a “zoo” of animals but has always had a passion for and special bond with cats.
Over the years, Paula has been many things—teacher, writer, book editor, project developer—but her love of cats ultimately steered her toward a career in cat behavior. In 2006, she became a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) volunteer and advocate for community cats in Westchester County and also began caring for several feral cat colonies. These experiences sparked a special interest in cat behavior and led to her mission to prevent cats from being abandoned, relinquished to shelters, or euthanized because of behavior problems.
In 2014, Paula received professional certification in Animal Training and Enrichment, with a specialized certificate in Feline Training and Behavior, from the Animal Behavior Institute. She is currently pursuing a diploma in Feline Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute (CASI). She also holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Paula currently resides in Ossining, New York, with her husband, Bruce, and six rescued cats. She is a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), and she proudly serves on the Cat Protection Council of Westchester.
LIFELINE Cat Behavior Solutions brings together in one place Paula’s personal and professional skills, her love of cats, and her mission to keep the bond between cat and guardian strong and healthy for the benefit of each. This is her passion—a passion she will share with you and your cats.