Clela has loved animals since she was a child. Growing up, her pets included Charlie, a Lab mix, an albino corn snake, she named Mr. Pinky, and Herm, a Russian tortoise. To continue working with animals, Clela joined the local Petco in Morgantown, WV as a part-time associate. She acquired her Basset Hound puppy, Buddy, during that time, fostered many cats (including several nursing litters), and rescued Clyde, a stray yellow tabby. After receiving her BA in Communication Studies from West Virginia University, Clela returned home to Frederick, MD, and transferred to Petco in Leesburg, VA. She became the General Manager of the Leesburg Petco in 2014 and developed a successful, well-run business.

Clela became interested in being more involved in the care of animals, and joined VCA VRA this spring, as the Communications Director. She is enjoying the challenge of working in a fast-paced, friendly environment where the focus is excellent service and quality animal care.

In her free time, Clela’s interests include motorcycling, experiencing many of the healthy and exotic restaurants in the area, and enjoying time spent with her friends and family (both two and four legged).