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  • The pursuit of employee happiness

    Large tech companies have nap pods and big-name concerts for their employees. Other workplaces have generous bonuses and unlimited time off. Shelters have … what? Thankfully, lavish perks aren’t the only way to keep your staff smiling, which should be a priority, since they are one of your most important resources. Learn how you can make your employees feel valued and motivated within the confines of a small budget, and everyone at your shelter—four- and two-legged—will be better off for it.

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  • Magazine Article

    So your co-worker is the worst

    How to work with 'difficult' people in emotionally charged environments

    We’re all adults here, so our days of squabbling and frenemies should be over, right? Yet all too often when emotions are running high, workplaces can devolve into the emotional equivalent of schoolyard brawls. Here’s how to work with your “worst” co-workers so everyone wins.

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  • Magazine Article

    So you want to work in animal welfare

    How to prepare for the career you never knew existed

    What did you want to be when you grew up? A teacher, doctor, veterinarian or firefighter? Or maybe an actor, writer, athlete, hair stylist or wedding planner?

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  • Blog Post

    Sharing your animal welfare expertise after retirement

    Goodbye to full-time work doesn’t mean you’re finished contributing

    Retirees from the animal welfare field have a lot to offer and shouldn’t quietly fade away—that would be such a loss to our cause!

    After 45 years of employment in animal welfare, the time finally came for me to retire from active duty. I spent the last 32 years as the executive director of the Humane Society of Carroll County, Maryland, handling animal care and control for our county. I was fortunate to have lasted that long, given the emotional toll this work takes on the heart, family and occasionally, friendships.

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