Jen O'Brien

Head of Merchandizing


Jen lives in Hamden with her boyfriend and their two rescues, Rusty and Penny. She recently became more involved with Army’s and helping rescue animals after losing her beloved Huey Lewis.

Huey was her first rescue She rescued him in 2012 from the Hartford Animal Control. Huey was found malnourished and roaming the streets of Hartford with two other dogs. After his stray hold was up, she brought him home to start a new life. After three short days home, Huey tested positive with parvo. After a 10 day hospital visit, Huey beat the odds of parvo and finally went back to his new home. They shared 10 great years together.

Huey was Jen’s soulmate dog, that once in a lifetime type of connection and best friend. After losing him at 11 years old to an aggressive cancer, Jen found herself lost and heartbroken. She decided she wanted to help dogs like Huey, and rescues in need while keeping Hueys memory alive. Her and her partner started Hueys Power of Love, an organization to support local rescues and shelters. Their goal has been to share adoptable animals, host events, and collect donations for local Connecticut shelters and rescues.

Along the way she found Army’s, and became a volunteer and foster. After getting more involved and seeing the endless amount of animal’s in need, Jen knew she wanted to do more.

Jen has her M.S. in Education from Walden University. Her undergrad is in Photography and Art Education. She works full-time as a Visual Arts teacher in the city of New Haven for grades K-8th.

When Jen isn’t surrounding herself around dogs and helping with rescue, she can be found roller skating, powerlifting, baking or being with family and friends. She plays roller derby with CT Roller Derby, CT’S premier league, who compete for international rankings under the WFTDA Organization.

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