Our company

About us

Founders Shannon + Joshua

We volunteered for years at the same cat rescue charity in Toronto—we may have even worked to help the same cats. But somehow we never crossed paths.

We would meet much later, while Shannon was working as a microbiologist at Stanford University and Joshua was earning his MBA from Indiana University.

Our Problem

How do we feed our pets safer and more nutritious foods without harming the environment and other animals?

Our solution

Because Animals: a company making human-grade, sustainable, animal-free pet food.

Our Team

Chief Executive Officer

Shannon Falconer

Shannon Falconer has a PhD in microbial chemical biology and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. In addition to her academic pursuits, Shannon has spent over a decade volunteering in the animal rescue community, and has been inspired by the love of hundreds of cats and dogs (and more than a few incredible humans). 

Email Shannon: shannon@becauseanimals.com

Chief Revenue Officer

Joshua Errett

Joshua Errett has worked as a journalist, banker and, most importantly, cat rescuer. After he graduated with an MBA from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, he set out to use his business skills and feline knowledge to help animals. He lives with three cats right now but always assumes he's about to take in another.

Email Joshuajoshua@becauseanimals.com

Chief Veterinary Officer

Dr. Erika Sullivan

Dr. Erika Sullivan, also known as The Globetrotting Veterinarian, graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College, where she led a successful campaign to end the euthanasia of animals used in surgical training. Erika makes routine visits to Thailand where she treats disabled elephants; leads a yearly spay-neuter clinic in India; and is a PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor, which allows her to better promote the protection of marine life.

Product lead

Taylor Brooks

Taylor earned his Master of Science in animal physiology from McMaster University. He specializes in cell culture systems from microbes to mammalian muscle cells. In his spare time, Taylor volunteers in ecosystem restoration projects to promote ecologically habitable communities for wildlife. 

Email: taylor@becauseanimals.com

Cat consultant

Boston

Boston is a medium-hair black cat with a white tip on the end of his tail, rescued off the street in 2013. Boston took the role of Because Animals' chief feline tester in 2016. He loves his work and his life.

Dog consultant

Trots

Trots is a mixed-breed chihuahua who is Shannon’s failed foster from the SPCA in San Francisco. Trots has been Because Animals’ lead taste tester for dog products since 2016.