Dr. Mili Bass
When she built Dream Katcher Lodge in 2004, Mili’s vision was to establish a premier boarding facility designed in such a manner that she could leave her own “kids” with complete confidence in their comfort, care, and safety. Thanks to a beautiful facility and especially to a truly INCREDIBLE staff-family, that vision continues to be realized daily.
A Farragut native, Alex is currently studying music at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her 4-legged family member is a Great Pyrenees/Husky/Bulldog mix puppy named Finn.
A Lenoir City native, Melissa has never known life without the love of pets. She lives with her two rescue dogs, a boxer mix and a pit mix, and her rescue cat.
Kuddler (Emeritus) 2004
Fran and her husband have three grown children, four grandchildren, and one fur baby. She is full of common sense and a sense of humor and loves animals and people. They have had many dogs and cats during their lives and are animal lovers. Their current baby is a small black lab mix from the Blount County animal shelter. Fran has been on staff at Dream Katcher Lodge since its opening in 2004.
Sam has been a member of the Dream Katcher Lodge family since 2013. She was born in Zurich, Switzerland and has lived in the States for many years. Simon and Phoebe, her two cats, were adopted from a shelter. Her husband is a local guy; they married in 2015.
Rachel lives in Alcoa with her African Grey Parrot named George and chihuahua named Chico. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Electronic Media from UT, and uses this background in her free time, working as a freelance photojournalist and photographer for musicians and concerts. Rachel discovered her love for animals in high school, volunteering at an animal shelter, and is continuing this passion by working at The Lodge.
Whitney is studying to be a Social Worker, but has worked with animals for several years. She and her husband share their home with a coonhound and two cats. When not studying or working, Whitney likes to cook, hike, and camp.
Kat is originally from Austin, Texas, and moved to Knoxville in 1997. She’s been an animal lover since she could crawl, and is presently “Mom” to two sweet and funny felines. She is a former CNA, and her goal is to become a veterinary technician…to realize her dream of helping animals and their people.
Maddy is from Kansas City, Missouri, and Bowling Green, Kentucky. Now a Tennessean, she’s studying to receive her degree in radiography. Her 4-legged family members … two cats and a dog … are very spoiled 🙂
Olivia, a student in the University of Tennessee College of Agriculture, is majoring in Animal Science on a veterinary medicine track, pursuing her lifelong goal … to become a veterinarian. She is in the UT Chancellors Honors Program, the members of which “strive to excel, not just in the classroom but also in life.”
Drew is studying Wildlife Conservation and Management online at PennFoster State University. He lives with two loving cats and loves to be with any and all kinds of creatures.