Growing up with a complicated childhood and living in a welfare home as a teenager,
Shayne was not really a people person. She didn’t have many friends.
Instead, her best friends were dogs and cats. They included:
- Bobby, a mongrel at her granny’s home
- Blacky, a black stray who was a frequent visitor at the welfare home
- Max the German Shepherd, whom Shayne would say hi to every day when walking to school
- Banana, the ginger-coloured puppy she picked up from the drain and hid in her bed for three days
before finding it a new home
- Mimi, the white cat who roamed in the neighbourhood
- Mama, the brown pregnant cat who always begged for food near the mamak stall
- Marcus, the Jack Russell-lookalike puppy who was always tied to the gate
- and many more nameless street dogs and cats … whom she still remembers till this day.
Shayne went on to graduate with a diploma, and work as an admin assistant. After a year, she furthered her studies with an advanced diploma and started climbing the corporate ladder in some well-known companies. After a few years, she became the assistant operations manager in an international event company at age 24.
Shayne became demotivated, less interested in the corporate life due to office politics, and while surfing online she discovered some online pet communities that seemed to bring back her zest for life. She bought herself a hamster, named DumDum, (the only pet she could afford then in her small rented room), which became her new BFF.
One day, her friend, a Maltese lover, wanted to open a pet shop, and Shayne decided to join him in the venture. That is how she got into the pet industry and started her life doing what made her happiest. Then, she started going into pet-sitting business after inspired by her friend and that's how HAPPY FURRY HOUSE begun. read more - About Us
During her years in the pet industry, Shayne became actively involved in pet charity works and helped rehome many homeless dogs and cats. Her rescue stories were featured in Petster Magazine, and she also contributed her knowledge in a pet-related publication, named DoggyStyle Magazine.