Jennifer Krause grew up in Austin, Texas and then moved to Southern California post-college to work in television production.
However, the homeless pet epidemic in Los Angeles led her to find her true (wild) calling - helping animals. For eight years, she worked for Best Friends Animal Society, leading educational campaigns to promote spay/neuter, fight puppy mills and elevate adoption rates for homeless animals.
For the past four years she's happy to call Portland home. In addition to continuing to care for Portlander's beloved pets, she's the co-owner of ROAR, a cat-focused gift shop and online marketplace for cat lovers.
Jen's "happy place" is caring for animals and helping pet guardians feel safe and comfortable while traveling/being away from their beloved pets.
Kora's reverie for nature has always kept her working closely with animals of all kinds. Her 10+ experience include: in-home pet care specializing in cats and dogs, veterinary assistant, and equine therapies.
Kora has a deep connection with animals and a great understanding of their needs. Her dependability, excellent judgement, calmness and sensibility brings comfort to all those around her.
Her high standards met with her heart-felt, deep care are her guiding principles and why PetProject Portland feels she's a perfect fit for the team.
LAURA COCHRANE, DVM
After graduating from vet school, Dr. Laura Cochrane worked in private practice and then in shelter medicine. Eventually, she took on the role of Managing Director at 1st Care Animal Health Clinics, establishing some of Los Angeles' highest standards of care for a mobile wellness and preventive care clinic.
In 2015, Laura proudly joined The Paw Project as their Oregon Director. The charity's mission is to educate the public about the painful and crippling effects of feline declawing, to promote animal welfare through the abolition of the practice of declaw surgery, and to rehabilitate cats who have been declawed.
Realizing that cat guardians needed more support when it came to healthy scratching, she launched Dr. Kind Klaws, a "house call" service offering feline nail maintenance, including nail caps, monthly nail trims and behavioral coaching, as related to healthy scratching options.
As long as she can remember, Laura has been hopeful to one day have her own business specializing in cat wellness and enrichment products. After moving to Portland, everything seemed to line up, and Laura and Jen opened ROAR, Portland's only cat-inspired gift shop.