Our company

About us

Founders Shannon + Joshua

We volunteered for years at the same cat rescue charity in Toronto and now we're bringing animal rescue ideals to a global scale.

While Shannon was working as a microbiologist at Stanford University and Joshua was earning his MBA from Indiana University, we came up with a solution to a problem we both thought a lot about: how do we feed our pets without harming other animals or the environment. The answer is Because Animals.

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

Stem Cell Scientist

Magdalena Mahlstedt

Magdalena Mahlstedt has a PhD in stem cell and tissue engineering followed by work as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Nottingham and as a scientist at CCRM in Toronto. She also has gained experience in Project Management as well as Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs. Rabbits are her most beloved furry friends and she is thrilled to be part of this team and apply her knowledge to help all animals.  

Email: magdalena@becauseanimals.com

Staff veterinarian

Dr. Erika Sullivan

Dr. Erika, 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. She currently lives in Adelaide, Australia, where she works at a vet clinic that sees tropical birds as some of her patients, a few of which she brings home!

Site: globetrottingveterinarian.com

Marketing & Communications

Samantha Grice

Samantha is a media and communications professional with a masters degree in journalism and a background in marketing, communications, sales and content strategy. As a former journalist at a Canadian national newspaper and managing editor at several leading lifestyle magazines in Canada, she created as much content about animals as her audience would read. She lives with and loves three rescue cats.

Email: samantha@becauseanimals.com

Cell tissue engineer

Ellie Arnold

Ellie has a PhD in chemistry with a focus on biomedical engineering from the University ofToronto. She is aiming to use her expertise in biology, chemistry, and engineering to overcome challenges in business and make a difference in animal welfare. Ellie spends her spare time with her gang of rescues: a dog and two cats.

Email: ellie@becauseanimals.com