Shannon Anello, CDT, Owner & Founder
My name is Shannon and I’ve lived in the Columbus area for more than 12 years. My husband Steve and I married in 2007 and have always shared a deep love for animals. We have three furry babies of our own: Brody a six year old Saint Bernard, Brutus an eleven year old Husky/German Shepherd Mix and Brylee a three year old Saint Bernard/Newfoundland Mix. When Steve and I learned that we could not have children, our dogs became our kids and we live to spoil them each and every day.
After working in the advertising industry for over 15 years, I decided it was time to leave commutes, co-workers and cubicles behind and pursue my passion for four-legged fur babies instead. In October of 2015, I took the plunge by starting Furball Fitness and have not looked back! Fulfilling my dream of running a business dedicated to animals and getting certified as a dog trainer (CDT) has been more rewarding than I could have imagined.
At Furball Fitness, we currently offer dog-walking, cat care, vacation care and more for the entire East Side of Columbus and will be expanding to other areas of Columbus and additional cities in the future. We are fully prepared to handle every type of personality imaginable. From the super playful ones who are the “stars” of the dog park, to the formerly-abused ones who need some extra understanding, patience and TLC. We would be proud to help look after your brand new baby ones as they develop and grow and honored to be trusted with your challenging, temperamental or elderly pets as they keep us on our toes.
At Furball Fitness, we believe in the practice of unconditional love and it seems we never go a day without learning something valuable about ourselves or the animals we adore. We are thrilled to have the privilege of spending our days with the wonderful domestic critters of this beautiful city. We can’t wait to meet both you and your pets!!
MEET OUR TEAM
Missi, CDT, Pet Care Specialist & Certified Dog Trainer
Missi was raised on a farm in KY and have always loved animals. As an adult she also left Corporate American when she realized it wasn't a good fit and started volunteering and working at local animal shelters. Missi says it was very difficult watching amazing pets being adopted only to see them returned a few days later for something that could have been resolved with just a little bit of effort and training. It was then that she decided to become certified in positive dog obedience training. It has been her goal to help keep pets in loving homes with their families. She is also has experience as an veterinarian assistant at Animal Medical Center. She has five pets of her own, four dogs and one cat, who are also all rescues and hold a very special place in her heart..
Mary, Pet Care Specialist
Mary has two previously feral cats who she rehabilitated. Mac is four and came to live with her at six months, after many months of slow and steady time together on her screened in porch. Sully is three and Mac's half brother. Sully was found abandoned by his mother at three weeks. Sully is deaf. He's learned to walk on a leash and enjoys riding in the car. They can often be found exploring Blendon Woods! Although the process of rehabilitation was time consuming Mary says the effort was well worth it and enjoys sharing her life with these two characters.
Lisa, Pet Care Specialist
Lisa is a pet parent of two adorable labradoodles named Holly and Kendall. She has been an animal lover her whole life. She is a huge fan of fitness and the health of her dogs. She jogs with them every morning, when time allows it, to make sure they are getting the proper exercise to help keep Holly and Kendall healthy, agile and limber. Proper exercising also helps reduce digestive and constipation. Not only is Lisa keeping healthy herself, she takes the health of her fur babies very seriously as well.
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WE'RE GIVING BACK: Paws for a Good Cause
Every year an estimated 7 million pets enter shelters. Nearly 3 million never find homes. Furball Fitness wants to help change that. We are partnering with various shelters and rescues by donating food and supplies, offering free walks, clean up, plus anything else that needs to be done.