Andrea H. Merrill

Photographer, Writer, Content Creator


Andrea has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Portland and a certificate in Applied Animal Behavior from the University of Washington. After graduating college, she moved back to her hometown and began petsitting before starting Animals of the Pacific Northwest, a website dedicated to educating folks about pet care, native wildlife of the Pacific Northwest, and environmental justice. Her photography grew from spending so much time with animals, particularly her one-eyed black lab named Rooster and her neighbor’s animals, a llama, two sheep, chickens, cats, and a golden retriever named Milo.


Development Associate – Whatcom Humane Society

  • August 2021 to Present
  • Donor Management, email communication with supporters, website maintenance, events, photography of shelter animals


  • June to July 2021
  • Cashiering, restocking, customer service

Writer, Founder – Animals of the Pacific Northwest

  • August 2017 to Present
  • Writing, graphic design, website maintenance

Freelance Pet Sitting

  • January 2015 to December 2021
  • Animal care


Applied Animal Behavior Certificate from the University of Washington (2021)

Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) from the University of Portland (2014)


2023 Happy Tails Calendar – Whatcom Humane Society

Writing & Website

Animals of the Pacific Northwest


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