Meet the Staff

Animal Caregiver: Shannon Ducrest

Originally from the DC area, Shannon relocated to North Carolina from
Richmond, VA in the spring of 2014. Seeking an escape from the city and
a new career in animal welfare, she landed outside of Chapel Hill. She
got involved in cat and dog rescue and worked in that field for the
following 5 years. Shannon began volunteering at the Refuge in 2018 and
immediately fell in love with the residents and their caregivers. A
lifelong animal-lover, vegetarian since 1994 and vegan since 2004, she
finally feels like she has found her flock and the perfect place to
carry on her mission of ‘leaving things better than you found them’.
When she’s not at the Refuge, you can find her doing projects with her
partner, Ross, working in her garden, and cuddling with her pets: Ike
the dog, cats Pita and Boozy, and LaBronzia the chicken.


Admin and Marketing Coordinator: Michael Hoerger

Michael became the Administrative and Marketing Coordinator for Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge in the summer of 2018. Before coming to the Refuge, Michael managed marketing for Monroe County Public Library in Indiana and Democracy Now! in New York City. He has been vegan for over 25 years and has been fighting to abolish cages—holding animals and humans—for nearly as long.

When he’s not in the Refuge office or taking photos of the residents, you can find Michael tinkering with analog synthesizers and hanging out with his partner Mia and their rescued pitbull, Pony.