Born in rural Nebraska, Sam grew up on her family farm. Raising cattle, rabbits, and goats, and often bottle-feeding the orphans and rejected young, she developed a strong passion for animal welfare. Her love of nature brought her to Washington State in 2015 and she and her partner Josh called Harstine Island their forever home. Together they started a remodeling company. Two rescue dogs, Lou Lou and Cosmo, and two orange felines, Oliver and Tigger complete their family. Sam graduated in the winter of 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts & Science from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Her studies were focused on zoology and marine biology, specifically on local wren species and the Anna’s Hummingbird behaviors, and the ongoing decline of the Southern Resident killer whales. Her ultimate goal is to start a wildlife rehabilitation facility near Shelton, WA where there is currently no such resource.