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Coffee Break: How You Got Involved in Animal Welfare

How did you get involved in the animal welfare field? That was the question we asked you for this issue’s Coffee Break. Some of you have been into animals since childhood. Others came upon this work unexpectedly—but now would never want to do anything else. And so many of you had good stories, we didn’t have room for them all! You can read more at

How did you get involved in the animal welfare field? That was the question we asked you for this issue’s Coffee Break. Some of you have been into animals since childhood. Others came upon this work unexpectedly—but now would never want to do anything else. And so many of you had good stories, we didn’t have room for them all! You can read more at animalsheltering.org/coffeebreak.

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When I was a child, my mom got a monthly newsletter from Wayside Waifs in Kansas City. I saw a picture of a trailer stacked with bodies of euthanized dogs. It made a lasting impression on me. As a child in school, when picking a subject for a speech in class, I would pick “spaying and neutering pets.” One time in college, I took a stray kitten I had adopted as a “visual aid” for my speech. ... One of my classmates came up to me afterward and told me that she had never thought it was a big deal before, but I had convinced her that it was important to spay and neuter. When I was a 911 dispatcher, if someone called with a stray animal and we had no animal control available, I would tell them to bring me the animal, or I would go get it myself after my shift ended. I would take the animal home overnight, and take it to the shelter the next day. So when I interviewed for the animal control job, I told them, “I’ve been doing this job for quite a while; you just haven’t been paying me!”
Karyn Watson, Animal Control Officer, Dodge City Animal Shelter, Dodge City, Kansas

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To see and respond to the latest Coffee Break question, check out www.animalsheltering.org/coffeebreak.

 

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