When we think about animal shelters, we often think about the cats, dogs and other pets searching for homes, but we don’t always think about the people who work so hard to help them.
In 1996, the Humane Society of the United States decided to change that when it designated the first full week of November as National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week.
“We found that most people really don’t know what it’s like to work in an animal shelter – what the process is like, how much work it entails, or what a job it is to take in abandoned animals,” says Heather Bialy, director of shelter services for HSUS.
Regardless of their skill set, animal lovers of all stripes can find jobs that allow them to marry their personal passion for pets with their profession. Here are a few local examples.
Scott Rubens, graphic designer at Oregon Humane Society: The in-house graphic designer designs everything from logos and shirts to vehicles and mailers.
Essentially, he creates every piece of design other than designs on the website and the familiar “End Petlessness” campaign (the latter was created pro bono by ad agency Leopold Ketel & Partners).
“A typical day for me is basically designing or working on gathering the elements to finish a project,” says Rubens, 31.