The Connecticut Emergency Animal Response Service would not exist today if it were not for the vision and leadership of Jon Nowinski, the organization's Founder and Director of Operations. Back in 2011 it was Jon who recognized the need to develop a dedicated team capable of providing rapid-response to animal emergencies across the state, and his tireless efforts and endless dedication has made EARS the amazing team it is.
Outside of the organization, Jon's passion to help pets in need continues in his "real job" as the Emergency & Communications Specialist at VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center, a 24-hour Level I Trauma Center for pets located in Shelton, CT. His role in the hospital involves helping to provide a better connection between clients bringing their pets in, and the wonderful staff taking care of them, as well as conducting outreach to the community, which often ties-in what he does with the hospital and what he does with EARS. He also works closely on developing relationships between EARS, the Shoreline hospital, and K9 Working Dogs from police departments, military services, and other areas.
In the rare instances where he has down-time to enjoy, Jon prefers to spend as much of it as he can with Coyote, his faithful Australian Cattle Dog sidekick who frequently attends EARS events. He enjoys getting out of the house as much as possible on hikes, and also enjoys catching up on a good book, usually one with some sort of animal theme to it. In addition to Coyote, he shares his space with three cats - all of whom are rescues - Noli, Lacie, and Sadie.