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 fur babies of this beautiful city. We can’t wait to meet both you and your pets!!
MEET OUR TEAM
Angie, Pet Care Specialist
Angie is a lifetime lover and owner of multiple pets over the years. She can’t choose between cats and dogs so she usually has at least one of each. She has been working with Furball Fitness for 2 years now as a part time walker while she works full time for the James Cancer Hospital.
Angie is also involved with the Dreams On Horseback Therapy Program and Canine Companions as a volunteer. She is a huge believer in animal therapy and loves being involved with all these organizations. She hopes to get more involved with the dog training someday, but with busy teenagers that plan is on hold for now.
Kaleigh, Pet Care Specialist
Kaleigh lives in a home that includes dogs, cats, rats, fish, and even a snapping turtle named Pepperoni. She loves to explore and also engages in some small wildlife rescues. She's volunteered at rescue shelters and participated in fostering for kittens and puppies. She finds a way to help all animals in any way that she can and has a soft spot for 'odd' pets. She loves to make jokes and laugh, making sure to care that everyone around her is in high spirits. Her main focus at Furball Fitness is to spoil each dog with love and affection and ensure that they all feel at home.
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.
Breanna., Pet Care Specialist
Breanna currently has horses, goats, a dog and a chubby cat she rescued after being abandoned at a park. When Breanna isn't working she is either in the barn or taking her pup to the park. Breanna thoroughly enjoys getting to meet your pets and taking care of them!
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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.