Melissa Stewart, Board Member
Melissa “Missy” Stewart was born in Gentilly, where she made trips with her grandmother bringing donations to the local animal shelter, mailing monetary donations and feeding all of the strays in the neighborhood. Growing up on the Westbank, Missy attended high school with her husband Wade. They reconnected while planning the 20-year reunion, marrying shortly thereafter. Referred to as the “Brady Bunch,” Missy and Wade share 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls, along with 4 grandchildren. Their fur-children include 5 dogs and 3 cats, several who came from NHS.
After building on the Northshore eight years ago, Missy went searching for her local animal shelter. Intrigued with the history of Northshore Humane Society, she immediately signed up to foster bottle baby puppies. “It was the beginning of a beautiful relationship.” Missy not only adopted a foster, who has neurological disabilities, but became an advocate for other fosters involved in the 2017 hoarding rescue. “The hoarding case brought my second foster fail, Blu.” Shortly after, Missy signed up to volunteer at the local events. “I love to see the community come together to support our homeless animals. The stories I hear from adopters, fosters and clinic patients warms my heart."
I am excited to see where the future will bring the Northshore Humane Society.” Carrying on the tradition, Missy’s son, Ashton made his first donation to NHS in 2020. Her youngest son, Max, has been helping to care for the fosters since he was 10 years old. While their daughters have all rescued their fur-babies from a shelter, as well. Retired after 32 years in the legal field, Missy is now able to spend more time with the family. The house is always busy and always on the go with kids and fur-babies.