Kerry Malak grew up in Wisconsin and has degrees in International Studies and Religious Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She is a devoted animal lover whose life was forever changed when her beloved companion, an English bulldog named Georgia, was diagnosed with multicentric lymphoma at four years old.
Georgia’s year-long battle with cancer, and her subsequent death in 2006 inspired a new mission in life — to become a canine cancer advocate and to study as much as possible about animal health and holistic therapies to help animals live longer healthier lives.
In 2007, she founded Georgia’s Legacy, a canine cancer information and support resource for families whose dogs have been diagnosed with cancer. Georgia’s Legacy is an RCF partner.
In 2009, Kerry became a certified pet loss counselor through the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, to better help families coping with anticipatory grief and pet loss. Providing support and guidance to pet parents who are dealing with feelings of loss has since become a passion and she currently serves as a weekly assistant chat room host for the APLB in addition to providing one-on-one support to pet parents through Georgia’s Legacy.
Kerry is also a Reiki Master Teacher and practices Reiki with humans as well as animals, and is a founding member of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care and has a strong interest in promoting and educating veterinary professionals and pet owners about the benefits of hospice care for animals. She also volunteers at the Wisconsin Humane Society, where she helps provide basic training to high energy dogs to help them become more adoptable.
Professionally, Kerry is the Communications Director for a non-profit social service organization that works with seniors and individuals with disabilities. In her spare time, Kerry loves spending time with her two favorite boys, her husband Scott and her English bulldog Sampson.
Read Kerry's most recent blog entries.