Paula Bogan Drone â€™77
St. Joseph's Academy
Paula Bogan Drone '77
From a very young age, Paula Bogan Drone
had a great love for animals.
This passion was nurtured and grew in Sister Jean Fryoux's
biology class at St. Joseph's Academy
would spend extra hours in Sr. Jean's lab discussing the beauty and wonder of God's creatures.
During the summer months of her
high school and college years, Paula
worked in a veterinary clinic.
After graduating from SJA in 1977, she
dream of a life dedicated to helping animals, receiving her
doctorate of veterinary medicine from Louisiana State University in 1985.
After spending a few years working in Metairie, Paula
married Don Drone and moved back to Baton Rouge, where she
was offered the opportunity to take over Animal Ark Pet Clinic when the doctor who owned the practice retired.
This was the same practice at which she had spent summers working as an assistant.
is known as a person who sees a need and quickly acts to meet it.
often takes home unwanted animals to care for and love.
menagerie has included a blind horse, a three-legged dog and a cat who suffers seizures.
office is typically filled with several animals looking for good homes.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the LSU Ag
Center opened a shelter for animals evacuated or rescued after the storm.
private practice on hold and moved into the Ag Center to run the shelter.
spent more than six weeks, working 16 to 18 hours a day, caring for each pet and securing volunteers to assist in her
then embraced the monumental task of reuniting more than 3,000 animals with their owners, finding homes for abandoned pets and finally taking home some of the animals that could not be placed.
This ministry of love lasted for more than 10 months.
Paula is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association and Baton Rouge Area Veterinary Medical Association.
is part of the Louisiana State Animal Rescue Team, which sets up pet shelters during hurricanes and other disasters.
also works with local animal rescue groups and ChoctawRidge Farms Rescue, an animal rescue operation in southern Mississippi.
is a volunteer with the LSU Vet School's
is not only dedicated to her
animal patients but to their owners, as well.
has a special affinity for the elderly and their pets.
frequently has long-term animal boarders who belong to elderly owners who are in nursing homes or in the hospital.
professional strengths is the way she
handles animal euthanasia.
is extremely sensitive when the time comes for a beloved pet to be put to sleep, actually going to the family's home so the pet will not be frightened and the owners can be present if they desire.
intuitively knows what the owner can handle, and she
allows them to grieve in their own time.
husband Don live in Denham Springs, attend weekly mass and are active in their local parish, Immaculate Conception.
participates in many events at her
church, including the annual church fair.
She is a former teacher's assistant for CCD and helps with the CCD Parade.
is a former RCIA sponsor and backup replacement for the Perpetual Adoration Chapel
also supports her
elementary school, St. Thomas More, by attending yearly fundraisers and donating items for the St. Thomas More Parish Auction.
actively serves her
community in many private ways.
has served lunch at the St. Vincent de Paul kitchen, is active in the Baton Rouge Right to Life movement and has lent her
talents to the CAAWS Crew of Mutts Dog Parade.
has a deep love and commitment to the Sisters of St. Joseph
and to her
volunteers as a speaker at Career Day, where she
love of animals with SJA sophomores and juniors.
Over the years, she
has cared for many a pet brought in by the Sisters.
has worked for the Alumnae Annual Giving campaign and supports the Sisters of St. Joseph's Gala.
and Don, an electrical engineer, have been married for 19 years.
is close to her
two brothers and two sisters and enjoys attending the athletic, academic and musical events of nine nieces and nephews at SJA
, St. Michael's and St. Thomas More.
is proud that sister Ellen Bogan Lee '75 and aunt Mary Dell Bogan Gerald are past Outstanding Alumnae honorees.
is my family, too," Paula