HOW CATS CHANGED KRISTINA WILSON'S LIFE, CAREER, AND PERSPECTIVE
Words by Jenni Miller | Photography by Taylor Smith
A cat allergy kept Kristina Wilson from getting too close to cats for much of her life. In her junior year of college, after her allergy disappeared, a gray tabby changed everything.
When asked why she went from an everyday cat owner to someone passionate about helping animals, Wilson has a thoughtful response: “The desire to work with animals comes a lot from past trauma, that dealing with animals tends to be a lot easier than dealing with people,” she explains. “People who have dealt with past trauma also tend to want to help others, because they’ve been in a situation where they needed help and they didn’t get it, or whatever. So, they want to help people have a voice or help those who are in need. But they have a tendency — at least the people who end up working with animals [do] — to not want to put that towards people or find it more difficult to deal with people. I think that’s probably true for me; I wanted to be of service. I wanted to have pets, but I also really wanted to do something, to give back and to be helpful and to not have my whole life be about making money or doing whatever it was I was doing for work at the time … to just do something to be useful, and to help other living beings, which for me is the purpose of my life.”