We had the good fortune of connecting with Suzanne Beatty and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Suzanne, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Our family has always had a love of animals. More specifically my daughter, Carly and I are very passionate about animals and animal welfare. Carly has been by my side and helped with fostering, rescuing and placing animals throughout her adolescence. Since she was old enough to walk and talk, Carly has cultivated a love of animals and their well-being. She was a very compassionate person but still able to set her emotions aside to do what was needed to help rescue animals. This ability to detach to help the animals in need while still being compassionate reinforced her desire to wanting a career in veterinary medicine. Carly and I had always talked about starting a non-profit animal rescue once she finished veterinarian school. As a veterinarian, she would be able to care for the animals and provide any medical needs while I managed the day to day activities of the organization. Tragically, our timeline came to a screeching halt when my daughter’s life was cut short by an intoxicated driver. In order to help process my grief while honoring my daughter’s memory, I started Carly’s Way Animal Rescue to help fulfill our dream. Like our original mission, Carly’s Way Animal Rescue was created in an effort to fulfill Carly’s vision to save the lives of unloved animals and give them a chance to experience the love of a family. 

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have always had a soft spot in my heart for animals. They don’t have a voice and I have been passionate about helping them. I have volunteered for various animal rescues in many capacities which has helped me learn more about the animal rescue industry. I have experience with fostering, giving medication, physical therapy, rescuing from shelters, adoptions, events, fundraisers, and much more. The years of volunteering in all these areas has assisted me in learning how to run a rescue and the tools needed to be successful. When Carly was young, she would go to the county animal shelter with me to pick out animals to foster. Each time, without hesitation, she went first to the animals closest to euthanasia. She didn’t care what was wrong with them. Her heart was drawn to them. Later when she volunteered at animal rescues, she became concerned that the animals first to receive medical care appeared to be those that the rescue organization believed had the greatest potential to be adopted, instead of those most needing help. One of the goals of Carly’s Way is to help the animals that are in danger of being euthanized and attend to their needs to help them become adoptable. This is part of Carly’s legacy and we want to make sure that it is a big part of our organization.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This area has so much to offer. Of course I would take a friend to visit the Dallas Zoo and Dallas World Aquarium as I love animals. After that, I would take my friend to the Reunion Tower, The Sixth floor Museum, the Fort Worth Stockyards area, and Sundance Square. This would give her a great idea on the history of our north Texas area. We would eat at various places to give an idea of the local food. Pecan Lodge for Barbecue is a must. La Hacienda Ranch for Mexican, and Randy’s Steakhouse in Frisco for steak. We would visit the Deep Ellum area and stop at Deep Ellum Brewing Company and definitely visit Summer Moon Coffee several times for coffee. White Rock Lake would be on the list. We would walk my dogs around the lake, as well as the Katy Trail. I would suggest stopping for lunch at The Ice House where we can take the dogs. Walking at Arbor Hills would also be something we would do. We would visit the Galleria Mall, Highland Park Village, and the Dallas Farmers Market for some local shopping. This area has an abundance of things to do and see, it’s hard to pick favorites. I enjoy going to new places and trying new things, so the possibilities are endless.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people involved in the support, love, and encouragement of Carly’s Way Animal Rescue. Our community has been very supportive and helped spread the word, as well as donated funds, pet food, and supplies to our Rescue. Many organizations at Texas A&M have also raised funds and awareness for us in the College Station area. Friends and family have been very generous in their involvement as well as the numerous volunteers that give their time to help us with events and fundraisers. All those that have donated funds to our organization, we could not be helping animals without their support. One person that stands out is Dr. Erin Schultz. She owns and runs an area animal rescue and has helped me get started and continues to support our rescue. Whenever I have a question or concern, she is always willing to help. I am very grateful for her kindness and advice.

Website: Carlysway.org
Instagram: carlyswayrescue
Facebook: Carly’s Way

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