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Caron Tuttle is a business owner, wife, mom, and grandmother who started a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue called Atascosa Animal Allies, in her spare time. Caron is a civic organizer and works directly with the City of Pleasanton Mayor and City Manager concerning the animal shelter while overseeing 35 volunteers.  Caron has a marketing degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Caron spends countless hours helping Atascosa County cats and dogs find good homes. Whether its “hand’s on” help or putting the animals on the organization’s website, she has seen happy endings for approximately 4,000 animals since the organization was founded in late 2017. Caron and her husband, Eldon, have fostered over 300 cats out of their home. 

Why have you decided to serve as a Trailblazer for the JLSA?

As a civic volunteer, I have seen what a pandemic can do to peoples’ emotional wellbeing. I am a positive thinker and encourager and know from my own experiences that helping other people or animals can make us happier, healthier people. I have seen many young people who struggle with anxiety issues find a sense of purpose and wellbeing when they foster kittens for our organization. I also remember as my two daughters struggled with anxiety in high school and college and how they worked through it.  I am not a member of the Junior League, but I am thrilled that I was asked to help.

Who and/or what inspires you to pave a path in our community (be a community leader/participant)?

I was raised by two hard working parents who loved me unconditionally but did not teach me emotional skill development.  It was through a lifetime of living and discovery that I have gained the skills that I needed years ago. I grew up in a town of 2,000 residents where there were no mental health facilities available. I just had to figure things out on my own. That was many years ago and now, facilities are available, but families are busier than ever and there are constant cultural and societal pressures that young people face head on. I am called to serve in this initiative to bring attention to the mental health needs of communities and contribute resources to strengthen them.

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