Smart, efficient, and cool under pressure. Three qualities that are critical when your job is moving pets all around the world. Lucky for us, that's exactly how we'd describe senior international relocation coordinator, Ananda Holton. Ananda makes even the most complicated move plans look easy. If you've ever worked with her, you know just how awesome she is.
So, let's take a minute to get to know her better. Meet Ananda Holton!
What drew you to apply to work at PetRelocation?
When my husband and I decided to relocate to Austin, I was working as a community outreach coordinator for a nonprofit organization. I knew I wanted to continue to work with people from all walks of life while having the opportunity to create a lasting impact. When I came across the PetRelocation job listing, I was immediately drawn in by the idea of working with clients and pets. The role of the relocation coordinator aligned so closely with my goals and project management background that it seemed almost too good to be true. After learning more about the company’s culture and values, I knew I had to apply.
What’s your favorite story from working at PetRelocation?
It’s so hard to pick a favorite! I once had a client who was relocating to Singapore with her two dogs. Unfortunately, the time it took to meet the import requirements and the timeline she had been given by her job didn’t align and she had to leave her pets in a long-term boarding facility for almost two months. We—the boarding facility staff, the client, and I—all became “Team Singapore” and would exchange regular updates on how the pets were doing. When they were finally reunited in Singapore, the dogs were so excited that it took a few hours for them to stop doing zoomies in the middle of her living room. I’m so thankful that I had the opportunity to help make her family complete.
If you could give one piece of advice to someone starting the relocation process, what would that be?
Start researching as soon as you have an idea of your destination country. Depending on the destination, it can take anywhere from 30 days to several months to successfully meet the import requirements. My advice is to do your research and be prepared.
Tell us about your pets! How did you meet? What are their personalities like?
We have a pit bull mix named Fallon. My husband adopted him from a shelter a few years before we met. When the shelter told my husband Fallon’s story, he knew he had to take him home. Fallon had been abandoned by his family and was found on the street. He had severe separation anxiety, fear-based aggression, and did not trust anyone.
When I first met Fallon, we immediately clicked. He wanted to be wherever I was, especially if it involved sitting on the couch or sneaking him treats. He grew very protective of me. With patience and time, he developed more confidence and his goofy personality came to light. He still has his moments every now and then, but when he looks at you with those big brown eyes, you can’t help but smile.
Helping pawrents relocate their pets can be a stressful task. What do you like to do to unwind?
I’m an avid reader—I will read pretty much anything and everything I can get my hands on. I also love to cook. My husband can immediately tell if I’ve had a particularly stressful day by what is on the menu for dinner.
We’re all about travel here at PetRelocation! Where are you dying to go?
I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland. The pictures are absolutely gorgeous.
We love the PetRelo headquarters of Austin, Texas. What are some of your favorite things to do around town?
Austin has a little bit of everything for everyone—music, food, art, you name it! We love exploring the trails of Walnut Creek Park, walking around downtown, and eating our way through as many taco or barbeque food trucks we can find.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I’m a fast learner when it comes to learning music and playing instruments. At one point, I was playing the violin, acoustic guitar, piano, and handbells. This meant that a good portion of my childhood was spent running back and forth to concerts and recitals, regardless of weather, sickness, or injury. My parents still talk about the time I fractured my hand after a horseback riding accident, and somehow made it through a piano recital the same afternoon.
Lastly, let’s say Hollywood is making a movie about your life. Who plays you?
Gugu Mbatha-Raw. First off, her name is awesome. I also think she would be able to capture my personality.