Get To Know Jill

Jill Elston – Licensed Vet Tech and Vet Team Coordinator
Jill Elston of Animal Care Sanctuary

How long have you been a part of ACS? Why did you get involved?

“I’ve been at ACS for just over 9 years now. Shelter medicine has been my passion since I was in college and when I met CEO Joan Smith-Reese at the Maple Festival in 2011 and she offered me a job, I couldn’t say no!”

Are you a dog person or a cat person?

“Well, I absolutely love both, but if I HAD to pick, I would say a dog person, although I’ve adopted more cats than dogs from ACS (senior cats are my thing).”

“And it’s not just the animals (at ACS), we have a pretty great team of humans here too!”

Jill Elston
Licensed Vet Tech and Vet Team Coordinator

What’s your favorite part of your job?

“The animals, of course! I especially love working with shy and fearful animals and watching them learn to trust people. I’ve been fortunate to play a part in some pretty miraculous medical recoveries too, including but certainly not limited to Squiggy and Mimi, two of my all time favorite ACS dogs (besides my own, of course). And it’s not just the animals, we have a pretty great team of humans here too!”

Tell us about your pets!

“Currently I have three dogs, Ava, Newt and Simza. They’re a pretty awesome pack and they’re good at helping me foster dogs who need to learn to be around people. I have 2 cats that live with me, Kado and Indy. They don’t enjoy my fostering so much, but they tolerate it well. Eleanor, our “office manager” cat technically belongs to me as well, though really she owns everyone in the clinic. I’ve adopted 11 animals from ACS in my 9 years working here, including a FeLV kitty, six senior cats, a younger cat with kidney disease, and a dog with cancer, plus my two current dogs. Most have since passed away, but I wouldn’t trade the time I had with them for anything.”

Sponsor a pet! Tell us about your best friend at ACS and why he/she deserves to be adopted!

“Of the animals at ACS, two I would most love to see adopted are Neptune and Pluto. These blind sisters came to ACS as kittens in 2012 with several other cats and they are the only two still waiting. They’re shy and, being blind, need a lot of time to adjust to new situations, but they’re very sweet and I would love to see someone finally choose them.”

What do you think ACS needs donated the most?

“Monetary donations are probably what ACS most needs, as well as the time of volunteers. I know some people would prefer to donate a tangible item instead, which we have plenty of on our wishlist!”


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