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PIF Person of the Month: Dr. Jennifer Petrovich

Posted at 4:53 PM, Mar 28, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-28 19:51:08-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (March 28, 2014) — Jennifer Petrovich has always been drawn to helping animals. The Grand Rapids veterinarian said it only made sense to establish two rescue facilities to take her services further.

In 2002, she created Crash’s Landing, a shelter for sick, injured and at-risk cats. Two years later, she also founded Big Sid’s Sanctuary, housing cats who have been diagnosed with FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) and FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus). Despite the viruses, Petrovich said the cats are healthy and still able to be adopted.

Between both centers, close to 300 animals are being helped at any given time.

“They deserve a chance at a better life,” explained Dr. Petrovich. “When you look at an animal that you had such a part in bettering that animal’s life, that’s what keeps you going. That to me is beyond any type of payment you could ever receive.”

This year, Dr. Petrovich will be celebrating 12 years of operating Crash’s Landing and 10 years of Big Sid’s Sanctuary. She said it wouldn’t be possible without an army of dedicated volunteers.

To learn more about Crash’s Landing or Big Sid’s Sanctuary, including how to adopt a cat, clickhere.