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HUBBARD – Katie Costello’s passion for animals, especially dogs, was established at a young age and set her on a career path.

“I always had dogs, cats and other animals at home in Hubbard. Sometimes there were rabbits, birds and ferrets. My grandparents were farmers. All these animals were my friends” , Costello said.

She seized the opportunity to work with animals while still in high school.

“When I was 16, I answered a blind ad in The Vindicator. It was for Animal Charity in Youngstown. At that time, Animal Charity was very different from what it is today. There had seven vets. There was a wildlife rehabilitation center. There was a grooming area and an education center. It was a human company. I said to my mother ‘I want this job and I will do anything to get it.’ There was something so righteous about this job,” she said.

This experience led to his first career choice.

“I loved this job. I have worked as a receptionist, wildlife rehabilitator and groomer. From this job, I decided to go to college as a licensed veterinary technician. I remember when I started at Animal Charity, I came home crying almost every night because of the atrocities I saw there. I remember thinking that I had a decision to make, that I was going to do more good than harm and that I should either find a way to deal with all these emotions or quit the profession. And that thought of not doing it made me feel lost. I knew I was where I needed to be,” she said.

Costello received her veterinary training a bit farther from home than she had expected.

“At the time, there was no choice. I did my freshman year at Cuyahoga Community College and my sophomore year at Columbus State College while using Ohio State University of Veterinary Medicine as one of our externships,” she said.

It was while working at Animal Charity that Costello met her husband, Dr. Sam Costello, a veterinarian at Town & Country Veterinary Hospital in Howland.

“It’s funny. We’ve followed each other through our careers. In fact, he spent a summer at Animal Charity shadowing other vets and I remember my mom saying to me, ‘You have to I thought she was crazy. We then both started working at Town & Country. We became very good friends, eventually started dating and got married. At our wedding in April 2005 at St. Patrick’s Church in Hubbard, my standard poodle, Vickie, was our flower girl and Sam’s dog, Bear, was our ring bearer. It was so awesome to share this experience with our pets” , she said.

While working as a veterinary technician, she realized that her true calling was dogs and their behavioral and training issues.

“To keep my technician’s license, I need to have that many hours of continuing education. A lecture I attended was a behavior track, and I fell in love. This resonated deeply with me as I spent more time than many others at work helping dogs accept nail clippings that others wouldn’t touch just because they were taking my time and honoring that they lived. something big. It all kind of went from there,” she said.

Costello realized this was a new way for her to help animals. She decided it was time to move into full-time behavioral work, and she wanted to do it in her hometown.

“In the beginning, it was exciting to teach in other companies, then I started my own company almost 13 years ago. I love my city. I was born and raised in Hubbard. This has always been my base, except for my school year in Columbus. I know the people and I felt they would support me,” Costello said.

First, she opened the Canine Campus Wellness and Training Center, which offers many classes ranging from puppy socialization to obedience, and from therapy dog ​​preparation to farm dog classes.

Earlier this year, The Bed & Biscuit Inn by The Canine Campus opened in Howland. Both facilities offer dog daycare. The Bed & Biscuit offers overnight stays with a 24-hour webcam, activities every two hours, a TV room with attendants and grooming services. His daughter, Anastiya, is involved with The Canine Campus as student council president.

Costello also displays his love of dogs in his own home where the dogs have plenty of room to roam on a 10-acre hobby farm.

“Currently, all my dogs are purebred dogs. I have four standard poodles and two French bulldogs,” she said.

The difference she makes in the lives of dogs and pet parents brings her gratitude and satisfaction.

“It’s watching the human-animal bond blossom. Clients tell us their dogs were out of control and how much we helped them,” she said.

In all of her endeavors, her goal is to improve the lives of dogs.

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