“My daughter and I run this place [PawFect Grooming in Aliquippa] together. We’ve been here for 7 years now. It was a very small operation when we bought it. We’ve grown it a lot. I think we’re up to about 2,000 clients now. We’re open 6 days a week.

We donate food to the Beaver County Humane Society and the volunteers who foster animals. When people foster, that cost [of food and other supplies] is all on them, so if I can help them out, I’m glad. People who foster are really special — I couldn’t take in an animal and then give it up; it’d be too hard.”

(Melanie Rosenkranz, who owns PawFect Grooming in Aliquippa with her daughter, Sarah, talks about their work and why they give back.)

Erin Ninehouser loves photography for its ability to reveal truths and insights that are often too difficult to capture with words. She believes, as Garrison Keillor says through his troubled yet triumphant character Barbara in Pontoon, that “the only sermon that counts is the one formed by our actions.” A native of New Castle, Erin has made her home in Ambridge where she lives happily with her wonderful husband Dave, their three adorable and hilarious cats, and their “old gentleman” dog, Max. Erin is excited to help tell the stories of the people of Beaver County. You can see more of her work on Facebook and connect on Instagram or Twitter.