Animal care + control team, Philadelphia


"I was a social worker for a Multiple Sclerosis association. Everything was going great in my life, so I decided it was time to get a dog.  I adopted a three-legged Chihuahua from a rescue that pulled him from this very shelter, actually. I had him for a little while, and then I started to think about all the people that had helped him on his journey.  Before I adopted him, he had gone through three different foster homes and was returned twice. I was just so impressed with that entire process and all the people who cared for him. That’s when I decided that I wanted to give back to the shelter system. I applied here when the Community Programs Manager position opened up. There’s a sense of urgency and the employees and volunteers here work extremely hard to get animals out.

It was my goal to make a bigger impact. I really like working with people. That’s why I’ve always been involved with volunteers and fosters. I get to do all the happy people-related tasks here. My ultimate goal is to do something more community-based, where I’m helping the local community keep their pets. People in the community love their animals, and I’m sure their animals love them. Sometimes people hit rough patches — if they could just get a little bit of support, everyone would be better off, and fewer people would be forced to surrender their dogs to the shelter.

It’s rough. Some days are harder than others. It’s kind of like a rush. You’re constantly fighting and trying to beat the odds. But when you’re driving home and thinking about your day, you’re like, 'Holy crap! We accomplished so much in a single day!' You drive home knowing you can relax and have a good night, knowing that you did the best that you could."