Even in her early days in animal protection, Julie Morris was thinking ahead.
In 1978, armed with a bachelor’s in zoology and a master’s in secondary education, Morris was working as a student teacher when her career path veered in a different direction. She left education to work as a shelter attendant at the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) in Ann Arbor, Mich.
“I’d never been to a humane society in my life, but the idea of working with animals appealed to me,” says Morris. Over 10 years, she worked her way up from kennel attendant to executive director.
Don’t expect to find Bernice Osorto, Erica Macias or Miguel Ruelas staring at computer screens all day. The ASPCA’s three Safety Net managers at Los Angeles County’s two high-intake shelters in Downey and Baldwin Park spend their time sitting at a folding table at each shelter’s main entrance, greeting clients as they approach with dogs on leashes, cats in crates, kittens and puppies in shoeboxes, or injured pets wrapped in towels.
If the four-legged residents of the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City could talk, they’d have to admit Johan and Jonathan Aguero’s specially prepared meals make the shelter experience much more palatable.
Jonathan, a behavior counselor, and his brother Johan, an animal care technician, nurture and nourish our shelter residents, including victims of cruelty, cats from hoarding cases and quarantined canines, as well as longtime residents deserving of extra-special care and creativity.