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Grace Hussain

Master’s in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Candidate 2021

B.A., Sociology and Political Science, University of South Florida, 2019

What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program?
Before entering the program, I was working at the SPCA Tampa Bay first as an intake counselor and then as a veterinary technician.

What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I attended the 2018 short course and was enthralled by the focus on the intersection of human and animal needs as well as the hands-on nature of the degree and the two degree paths.

Interests in and experience with animals:
As an undergrad I revived and served as president of Pause for Paws, a student organization focusing on educating the campus community on animal issues. I was able to organize several events including bringing speakers to campus and volunteering with local organizations as a group. I’ve also worked at the SPCA Tampa Bay for almost two year and volunteered at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay before that where I did research in support of my thesis.

What do you want to focus on at MAPP? What drew you to this area?
While a student at MAPP I would like to focus on shelters and a sheltering model that provides for both the wellbeing of the staff as well as the animals while maintaining the needs of the community and its animals as the focal point for operation.

What are your career goals?
While I am still not on a set path, I would like to secure a position as the chief operating officer or an involved chief executive officer at an animal shelter.

What are your outside interests?
In my free time I like to kayak, read, spend time at the beach with friends, and love on my animals.

Number of pets? What type?
I am lucky enough to have a nine-year old terrier mix named Allie, the love of my life, and a year-old cat named Shida, probably one of the prettiest creatures to ever exist.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
I am moving from Florida and excited to meet new people, explore a new area, and spend the year learning alongside them in such an amazing and unique program. I hope to be able to use what I learn to better sheltering in the south.

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