Jenna Pummill has been passionate about animals since childhood. Her family had dogs, cats, and horses and she loved the bond that animals had with people. While attending the University of North Carolina Wilmington she discovered an assistance dog training program and knew she had to get involved. In 2012 she began the first class and continued with the program to complete all four courses, gaining her certifications as an Assistance Dog Trainer and Assistance Dog Handler. She continued volunteering with the same nonprofit organization, helping train assistance dogs for public access for 6 years. Jenna also worked as a Puppy Development Coordinator, leading a team of about 20 people to provide 24 hour care for up to 15 puppies. She thoroughly enjoys working with dogs of all ages and seeing the progress they make to become the service dogs that have a positive impact on so many lives. Jenna graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in May of 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and minors in Biology and Chemistry. She also worked as a veterinary assistant at a local veterinary hospital for three years.
Jenna and Dillon, her boyfriend, have a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Kokomo and a Pit Bull named Alma. They moved to Eugene, OR in April 2017 to be closer to Dillon’s family. They enjoy going to the beach, hiking, spending time with family and friends, and traveling together. She looks forward to continuing her own education with service dogs and the people they help.