Meet Dr. Carolyn Karrh
DR. CAROLYN E. KARRH
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, VETERINARIAN
Dr. Carolyn Karrh is Peace, Love & Paws' Executive Director and is the primary veterinarian serving the organization. She was born and raised in the deep south, living most of her life in Alabama and Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia Veterinary School in 2008, fulfilling a life-long dream of becoming a veterinarian. As veterinary medicine is a second career for her, Dr. Karrh’s previous profession was performing in music and theatre, receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from UGA in 1993. She moved to Nashville in the late 1990’s to make a career as a country music artist, however, while living in Tennessee, Dr. Karrh realized her highest aspiration was to be a veterinarian, so she left that occupation behind and answered her true calling, going back to school in her thirties to study veterinary medicine and graduating with her DVM at the age of 40.
Today, she is proud of her accomplishment and, on a daily basis, looks to make a difference in the lives of pets and pet owners. She has a background in shelter medicine, having completed an internship at Colorado State University, allowing her to work with The Dumb Friends League and Every Creature Counts in Fort Lupton. Dr. Karrh has also worked with Caring Pathways, an in-home euthanasia and hospice care service, at Park Hill Veterinary Medical Center, a private practice in Denver as well as Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital (now PetAid Animal Hospital), serving underprivileged families and their pets for over three years. Additionally, Dr. Karrh has volunteered her time with StreetPetz, a small non-profit organization assisting Denver’s homeless population with vaccines and wellness care.
Dr. Karrh is passionate about supporting and honoring the human-animal bond and this has brought her to starting her own non-profit organization, Peace, Love & Paws. Particularly important to Dr. Karrh is serving the needs of those who are economically disadvantaged, as financial status has no bearing on the degree of love we have for our pets. She believes that all pets deserve to have quality health care, regardless of the owner’s ability to pay. She is a long-time pet owner/mom and has cared for dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, fish, reptiles and other small mammals, being particularly fond of senior pets and those with special needs. Her favorite activities include loving her adoring pets, spending time with friends, live theatre (especially musicals), motorcycling, writing, supporting animal welfare and rescue, as well as helping those less fortunate by volunteering for local low-cost spay/neuter programs and clinics.