Lon graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Kent State University in 1999. Lon’s animal career started at Place A Pet Foundation as PR Director and was promoted to Shelter Administrator where he helped organize community events such as the “Respect the Pet” campaign at Nautica in the Flats, which raised money for humane education in schools and brought awareness to the animal abuse issue. He collaborated with the APL of Cleveland, the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter and the City of Cleveland Kennels to transfer adoptable dogs to the Place A Pet shelter. The adoption rate went from 50% to 90% under his direction. He continued to sit on the Board of Directors and collaborate on spay/neuter clinics, grant writing and other formats which affected animals in the Cleveland and surrounding areas. He grew up on a farm and had many pets throughout the years. Lon adores his Goldendoodle puppy, Olive, and spoiling your pets throughout the day.