ABOUT ME

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 nine 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! 

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