Catarina Rodrigues (b. 1990) is a project manager at ‘what matters’. Born in Portugal, she grew up in western Germany, moving to Dortmund in 2008 to pursue her studies in the applied social sciences. After graduating, she gathered experience in various kinds of traditional social work, and in 2015, she supplemented her qualifications with specialist training in animal-assisted interventions, working ever since in tandem with her therapy dog Rocky. From 2018 to 2022, Catarina worked as a community youth worker near Mainz, Germany.
Photo: Mareen Meyer