Behavior & Training Team
Behavior and Training Instructor
Kari grew up with an immediate love for animals. At home she had cats, hamsters, and bunnies, and was always helping her grandfather with his dogs and raising pheasants down the street. Through grade school, she rode and competed in the Quarter horse circuit for many years with her own horse Elmo. In high school, she also volunteered at the Seneca Park Zoo. After college, Kari decided she still wanted to pursue her love of animals and started working at Lollypop Farm in 2008. This was originally supposed to temporary, but here she is 10 years later! Kari has taken on many roles at the shelter, starting as an admission/adoption counselor, supervisor, and foster/rescue coordinator. Kari also worked as an Animal Control Officer for the City of Rochester, which gave her a lot of experience educating the public while handling both domestic and wild animals. Kari welcomed a baby girl into her family when she made the move back to Lollypop Farm, and started working part-time in the Behavior Department. She discovered her love for training, positive reinforcement, and behavior modification with the animals in the shelter. Kari has two dogs: Rocko a French Bulldog/Boston Terrier mix, Otter a French Bulldog and three cats Purdy, Sweetie and Tobey.