It all started BECAUSE…
…of a pup named Charlie
As a puppy, Charlie returned to the pound repeatedly, having four homes, and was almost euthanized because no one could handle him. In 2014, Colleen met him when he was 10 months old at a NYC kill shelter, realized he was deaf, and immediately adopted and trained him.
Charlie now knows 50 signs in American Sign language (ASL) and is a therapy dog for local hospitals. After numerous inquiries about their transformation, Colleen started getting offers to book gigs in New York Fashion Week (NYFW), with the Huffingston Post, Buzzfeed, and numerous commercials and major magazines. Charlie started making thousands of dollars from paid promotions and appearances.
With Charlie’s rise in internet fame, earning us $46,000, Colleen got plugged into this world with animal who were far more famous. A few saw what Charlie was doing and wanted to do it too. That’s when Colleen had the idea to help them in print/film, manage their careers and develop a niche into an industry.
As Colleen learned more and more about the animal influencer industry, she realized how much individuals who were in a similar position, were overwhelmed when brands contacted them. What should they do? What were they worth? How did they know if they were being ripped off?
This was the beginning of Pets on Q.
At Pets on Q, we handle everything from contract review and negotiations, business transactions, and services rendered. We capitalized on this untapped market and are maintaining our spot as the industry leader in paid promotions, book deals, commercials, TV spots, appearances, merchandise and everything animal celebrity related.
Our motto is, “to making the world a better place one animal at a time.” Pets on Q donates a portion of all its profits to help support shelters and rescue groups across the world. We most recently helped to rescue a female Dalmatian from South Korea. She is now in the U.S. post surgery and being fostered by a loving family.
MEET THE TEAM
I am often asked "How did you get into this?" and the only answer I give is, “naturally.” As a kid, if a cat ran up a tree or squirrel fell out of one, I was the one that got the call to help. A neighbor got a puppy and at 12 was calling me to help. I had a natural connection to animals.
I started out my career as a private mortgage banker in the top producing office in the country. I was the youngest banker in NYC and often mistaken for an assistant. Working as one of a few women bankers in a fast tracked, high-stress, finance career was amazing but was not fulfilling.
As an outlet, I taed into my love for animals and started fostering dogs from kill shelters. I rescued a large mutt from a shelter who was minutes away from euthanasia due to his aggression issues. I trained him myself, and subsequently attracted some attention. Then Charlie came and the vision of Pets on Q was established after I saw the bad side of the industry.
There was a need for a change to protect the animals and put their needs first. They can make money in the comfort of their own home. Yes, there are people out there who exploit animals and we are trying to change that through the work we do. My goal is to build the company and eventually operate an animal sanctuary.