Love & Friendship Adoption Center Animal Care Team

Andrew Shawver, Operations Director

Andrew Shawver lives in Fort Atkinson, IA and has worked at the HSNEI Love & Adoption Center for three years.

He was a volunteer at the Adoption Center before he joined the Center staff. His love for animals drew him to HSNEI.


Andrew enjoys working with both cats and dogs at the Center and loves seeing animals go to their forever homes. His most rewarding adoption was Rocky, a dog who came to the Center very scared of everyone. Andrew would eat lunch with Rocky in his kennel until Rocky grew to trust him. It was Andrew's dedication to and patience with Rocky that helped him find his forever home. 


Andrew is also a chef and has started his own homemade ice cream business to support HSNEI's mission. Adopting a shelter pet is important to Andrew as he believes all animals need homes.

Cheyenne Christopher, Executive Director

Jeanne Neuzil, Animal Care Assistant

My husband, Larry, and I live in the country just north of Spillville. We have 6 rescue dogs of our own, and yes, one of them came from HSNEI. I started volunteering for HSNEI back in 2012, joining the Events Committee. After the Adoption Center opened, most of my volunteering time was spent hanging out with the dogs, walking, playing and occasionally grooming them. I was also a Sunday morning lead volunteer. Last May (2018) after nearly 26 years, I decided to take early retirement from my job at Rockwell Collins in order to live a more simpler life. Now I am happy to say that I have joined the staff at HSNEI and love my job and what I am doing. I tell myself that I am doing something good if I can make a difference for at least one animal every shift that I work. It is so rewarding to comfort an animal during a very confusing, scary, and difficult time of their life.

Maddison Engelhardt, Animal Care Assistant

Maddison is an animal lover. She lives on an acreage near Fredericksburg. She has 4 dogs, 1 cat, 2 guinea pigs, 6 steer calves, and chickens. After high school she plans on going to college to be a vet technician. She enjoys working at HSNEI! Every animal of all shapes and sizes deserves the best possible care and love until they find their forever home. 

Berklee Hanson, Animal Care Assistant

My name is Berklee Hanson. I have a large love for animals. In my life I have had cats, dogs, rabbits, and chickens. I have lived in the country for most of my life. For as long as I can remember all I've ever wanted to do is help animals. In my current household I have three dogs, Buddy, Bentley, and Bo. I also have four cats, Catsby Wallace, Casper, Orange Kitty, Skruff. My last animal is my 2 and a half year old bunny rabbit, Bam Bam.

Daytona Miller, Animal Care Assistant

Daytona Miller is originally from Waukon, but now lives in Calmar. She has loved animals all her life and has owned many. There’s not one animal she doesn’t like, but cats and dogs would be her favorites. She loves spending time with animals and giving them the most love and care that they deserve. She’s currently a student at NICC in Calmar, wanting to either be a Vet Tech or Vet Assistant. She’s excited to learn more about animals and spend her life giving them the love and the care that they need to be healthy and live a happy life. She’s more than excited to be a part of the Humane Society staff and cannot wait to meet new animals, build relationships with them, and see the animals find their furever homes. She would love to see more people adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue rather than buying from a breeder. “Rescued is my favorite breed.”

Kaija Klein, Animal Care Assistant

Megan Ferguson, Animal Care Assistant

Megan is a student at Luther College, originally from Dubuque, IA. Besides doing loads of homework and working at HSNEI Megan enjoys playing with her dog, Murphy, and hanging out with her friends. Some of Megan's favorite things to do at HSNEI are playing with the new dogs and seeing them become more comfortable with the staff and taking the dogs for long walks. She also loves cuddling with both the cats and dogs! Megan says, "I often think what did we do to deserve dogs and cats?!  Animals bring a special kind of joy to the heart."  

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