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About Molly Weinfurter

I'm a writer, editor, and rescue animal advocate. Writing is both my full-time job and something I enjoy doing in my free time. I hope my work can make an impact by educating others about animals in need and inspiring other writers to not give up. 

Molly Weinfurter author

My Writing Journey

Even before I knew how to spell words, I knew I wanted to be a writer. As a kid, I regularly created stories using drawings and scribbles until I learned how to write down words. I never stopped writing, always creating stories for fun but rarely finishing them.

After graduating high school, I attended Full Sail University to get a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing. At the time, I didn't know what I wanted to do with my degree. I just knew that I wanted to write.

During college, I took on various freelance writing jobs to gain some experience before my upcoming graduation. I never planned to freelance full-time but I quickly fell in love with it because I realized a topic that I loved writing about was in high demand: dogs.

So, before I knew it, I became a full-time freelance writer, spending most of my time writing about dogs and other animals. But my dreams won't stop there. As I continue to work as a freelance writer, I'm also in the process of trying to become a published author. Keep an eye out for book updates in the near future!

My Passion for Dogs

I can't share my writing journey without also talking about my passion for rescue dogs. Like most kids, I loved dogs and constantly begged my parents for a dog, but that love became so much more powerful when I was introduced to the world of rescue dogs at age 12. My parents finally agreed to adopt a family dog, but they wanted us to visit shelters and rescues together to find the dog that was the best fit.

Despite there being so many wonderful dogs up for adoption, I fell in love with a puppy mill survivor. Zoe was a 6-year-old Maltese who had spent most of her life in a tiny cage breeding puppies over and over again. She was terrified of people and didn't know how to do normal dog things like play with toys or wag her tail. Even though she was the least cuddly dog possible, I fell in love with her and adopted her.

Caring for Zoe taught me a lot about puppy mills and dog rescue, and I knew dogs would be an even bigger part of my life from that moment on. Zoe came out of her shell a lot but never fully trusted strangers. After she passed away, my family adopted another dog named Mabel from the same rescue. Mabel is not a puppy mill survivor, but she's definitely my best friend. She traveled with me to college out of state and has been with me through every big change in my life.

After graduating college is when I really started to get involved with dog rescue. I started volunteering at the rescue I adopted Mabel and Zoe from, which included fostering animals. I have fostered 25 animals and counting, and it's such an incredible and rewarding experience. I also volunteer with Bailing Out Benji, an organization that educates about puppy mills.

My writing at iHeartDogs.com does a lot to help dogs in need, but I'm always looking for more ways to make a difference. So, my first book, while being a middle grade fiction story, will also educate both kids and adults about puppy mills. I can't wait for people to read it!

Molly Weinfurter with Mabel
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