April Tchiguka is a published and multiple award-winning photographer, having won local, national and international awards for her pet and nature photography. Her photographs hang in private collections throughout the United States and are part of a traveling exhibit by Best Friends Animal Society, the nation's largest no-kill animal shelter. She photographs locally for individual clients and non-profit, animal organizations. She is a graduate of Indiana State University with a Bachelor's degree in Criminology, and studied Wildlife Biology & Conservation and Zoology at Ball State University. April is a dedicated advocate for animals. Not only is she a caretaker of a small, IndyFeral-registered feral cat colony, but she also has
volunteered at Cats Haven--a no-kill shelter for disabled and senior cats and kittens in Indianapolis, IN; the Water Quality Lab at the Indianapolis Zoo; and Indianapolis Lost Pet Alerts. She spent five years on the planning committee for the annual Hair Ball fundraiser to benefit Spay/Neuter Services of Indiana (SNSI)--a statewide organization helping to reduce the euthanasia rates of healthy and adoptable cats and dogs in Indiana shelters and assisting low-income families through spay/neuter programs made possible by donations, grants, and the state's Pet Friendly license plate.
April's compassion for animals began as a child. Sharing her life with cats, dogs, and a horse, she recognized their individual and complex personalities, learned about their wide range of emotions, and grew to be a caregiver for, and protector of, them. As her commitment to animals developed, she began working in animal hospitals and has done so since 1997, including a high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic and an anti-declawing cat clinic where she assisted in caring for cats who had undergone corrective paw repair surgery. Her passion for animals of all kinds developed into a lifestyle change when she and her husband became vegans in 2000, giving up the eating and wearing of animal products.
April has been pet sitting for over 25 years, caring for cats, dogs, birds, turtles, rabbits, and a snake. As her commitment to animals has evolved, she decided to quit her job at the cat hospital and officially open up her own pet sitting company, Premier Pet Sitting & Photography, LLC in 2018. She and her husband share their home with eight rescued cats and are known for adopting terminally ill and senior cats, giving them a safe and loving home for the remainder of the time they have left. When April's not pet-sitting, she likes animal-related events, a good costume party, pop culture conventions, experimenting with funky hair dye and ALL THINGS Prince!