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Do you care about animals?  Would you like to find a new job, or need a job? Listening to the news I would think the economy is coming back, but not when I talk with a lot of people around the country.  Making a living still seems to be a challenge for most.  Many people are very unhappy doing the work they are doing everyday.  They have passions and desires that are not being fulfilled.  Others are out of work and say they want to find “anything” because they need the income.

This is the perfect time to evaluate what is really important to you, what your passions are AND help animals at the same time.

If you are out of work, or would like to do something else, this is the best time to open the doors for the kind of work YOU want to do.  Do you know what you’re really passionate about?  Most people have no idea.  Don’t think in terms of income but what kinds of things get you really excited and leave you happy and fulfilled when you are finished. It could be ANYTHING:

1. Walking in the woods

2.  Doing crossword puzzles

3. Meeting new people

4. Caring for animals

5. Gardening

6. Talking on the phone

7. Reading

8. Traveling…..the list goes on and on

Recently I’ve had a number of friends ask me to help them figure out what they should do, they are not happy doing what they are doing, or they got laid off and fear they won’t find a job in their industry.

If you know what you’re passionate about, you can use that passion to help animals and open doors for your next career.  Yes, CAREER, not job. The animal organizations, and charities, around the country need help now, more than ever before.  Funding has dried up so they can’t hire the people they need.  They also can’t afford to buy the food and supplies needed to care for the animals.  Everyday I get requests from these organizations for volunteers and donations.

Right now you are asking yourself, “How can helping an organization help me”?  It can, in MANY ways. You meet new people who might open the door to your next position.  You also get to do the things you are passionate about.  It’s a great way to find out if it’s something you want to do for a living.  If so, you can put the experience on your resume.  Most people have only worked in the field they have been trained in, but that is not what they love doing.                                                                                                    

Here are some ideas for you to think about:

1. Walking and caring for animals at a shelter (if you like being outside)

2. Help the staff with ideas about how to raise money and supplies (doing crossword puzzles)

3. Feeding baby animals or holding ones that are afraid (caring for animals)

4. Cleaning up and landscaping the facility (gardening)

5. Making calls for supplies, donations, volunteers, etc.  (talking on the phone)

6. Research and help find new ideas that can benefit the organization (reading)

7. Animals and supplies need to be transported to other locations (traveling)

These are only a few ideas.  I could go on for quite sometime.  There are also a lot of animals that need to be fostered until a permanent home can be found.  They can be cats, dogs, ferrets, iguanas, pigs, etc.

What kinds of animals do you like?

1. Tigers

2. Dogs

3. Cats

4. Birds

5. Horses

6. Monkeys

7. Deer

8. Pigs

There are organizations caring for any kind of animal you can think of, all over the country.  All of them need help. You can Google the kind of animal you want to help with “rescue” or “shelter”, then your area.  (Ex: ferret shelter Florida)  You will most likely find something in your area.  If not, call or email the ones that pop up.  The animal community is very small and we all help each other the best we can.

I hope that this post will inspire people to find their true passion, and use their passion in a way that will fulfill them personally and help animals that have a lot of needs.  At the very least, you will open doors by meeting other people who might know a company that needs a position filled with someone who has your qualifications.

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31 Responses to “How Animals Can Help Your Career”

  • Janet says:

    great ideas for animal lovers looking for a new career! thanks for sharing

  • Jennifer says:

    Nice article. I actually started volunteering March 2010 at my local shelter for many of the reasons you stated in your article. I try to be as involved as possible as a volunteer. My next move was to see what groups on linked-in are involved in the Animal care community. I hope to one day move in that direction from my current career.

  • Karyn says:

    I am in the process of doing exactly that! Working very hard to make animal welfare my career. Sometimes the hardest thing is figuring out what you want. I’m lucky – I’ve figured it out!

  • Lisa says:

    Great article! I fully agree – when we decided to leave the corporate world and open a pet sitting business we charged full steam ahead. It was the best decision we ever made as it lead the way for us adding pet products to our business and now we work from home completely. I always tell people – what are you waiting for….all the lights will never be green, start living your passion now!

  • Maryle says:

    Nice work Donna!

  • Toufik says:

    YES because i m a vet i like animals but wok condition’s are not good fo me i like scientifique recherche in animal health. I live in Algeria

  • Bonnie says:

    Animals are my job!! Bella and Finny are the stars in their own children’s book series!!

    I don’t considerate a job though, it’s my passion!

  • Jeff says:

    Hi Donna, Animals have always been a part of my life. I’m unemployed but I walk dogs at a vet clinic a few days a week. I now know why teenagers do that work. : )

  • Nicole says:

    Thoughtful, thanks for sharing

  • Lori says:

    Hi I think the economy is coming back very slowly too slowly at this point for my taste but should improve especially going into the spring and summer. I have a number of animal related businesses that are hurting big time right now. I am hoping that will change.

  • Scott says:

    My name is Scott, and I work for the Walt Disney Company in their Safety Department; part of my responsibility covers Animal Programs at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Also, I am involved in an organization – the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

    At our local ASSE Chapter, we publish a newsletter that goes out to all of our members across Central Florida. Would you have any objection of using your article in our newsletters??

    Your article was incredible – and I think it would be awesome to share it with our members.

    Look forward to hearing from you!

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  • Robin says:

    This could have been written by me! I was working at a job that I loved, that I had prepared to get and where I had been working for almost 30 years. I knew that my ability to retire would come soon, so in thinking about what would come next, I started volunteering as a docent at the Central Park Zoo in Manhattan. Now, I’m retired, and I’m still hoping to get a job where my passion for working with animals can be fulfilled. Next week, I register for some Animal Behavior cousework at Hunter College, but I am also volunteering in the Reptile House at the Bronx Zoo. I am hoping to get some sort of paid employment at some point in the future. I think your advice here is spot on. Whether one ends up with paid employment or not, one has spent one’s time doing something important, that you love, while really making a difference. And what could be bad about that! Thanks, Donna.

  • Amy says:

    Me too! I was working for hight tech for 10 years when the bubble burst in 2001. I found myself laid off with time to think about what really mattered to me. I fell into hight tech right after college, so it wasn’t a career I really “picked.” Anyone who knows me since childhood knows I’m an animal nut. I volunteered at the Marine Mammal Center in college and remembered how much I loved that. So, dogsitting and working at a doggie daycare to make ends meet, I started researching animal careers. I learned big cat training at Hollywood Animals (though opted not to make a career of it). I went through the Docent Program at the San Francisco Zoo. After a year of being a volunteer docent, a job opened up in the zoo’s marketing department which is what I had been doing when I was in high-tech and the job was a perfect fit. So the last economic downturn turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me, and I would advise anyone in a similar situation to take the time for personal reflection and redirection…and that patience pays off. 🙂

  • Roger says:

    Nice Donna, as an animal lover, artist and illustrator I have had the pleasure to Paint many pet portraits (oils, acrylics), mostly dogs and cats.

    I love the grace of giraffes and zebras and have painted murals of them to private home owers. Thanks for the comment and advise, I am sure many will appreciate it.

  • claudia says:

    -o.k.,you got me over the line!-but,where can i get further contacts about my incredible stunning new job oppurtinity at working with animals!???-please,contact me about this!!!-with kind regards,so far…

  • Great article, Donna! I can see you have inspired lots of movement already! Thanks much for all you do… Maureen

  • I actually wrote, “The Everything Guide to Working with Animals,” (Adams Media). It covers 100s of jobs–paying ones. And I interviewed people in the field who told me how they got their jobs.
    Volunteering at a shelter is great too.

  • Cherie says:


    this is EXCELLENT! Good good good!

    Cherie :o)

  • Christine says:

    Paige, this SOOOO good. I would love to use excerpts in my magazine and on the website. Your thoughts?

  • Vicki says:

    This is a great idea. Do you want to come on Sustainable Sarasota to talk about it? This week we are booked, but any Thursday after this I could get you on. It is from 9 to 10 am, and I would probably have you on for 30 minutes.

  • Betty says:

    It is a fact that many people prefer sitting on the sofa than sticking their hands out. At the other side, I am running a small “retirement” home for handicapped, ill and/or old dogs, due to my recent divorce I have no income but the dogs depend on me. I can not go and get a fulltime paid job because the dogs need their medication etc but I do need to have money to bill their medical bills and survive. With only a few sponsors I am not getting there.
    Where I live (in France) there is no work esp when you are a foreigner (I am Dutch) so what is left?

  • Chris says:

    Hi coach. You’re AMAZING! You always come up with such wonderful ways to help animals and people. When I was not sure what to do with my life, you helped direct me into the business I now own. Your coaching services helped my company become successful. I can only image how you help animal organizations, since you are very passionate about that. Thanks again for your knowledge, compassion and passion.

  • Lee says:

    I found my new career from being a volunteer. I did not like the work I was doing and started to volunteer at a local rescue. I was able to do a number of things I never could have done in the real world, getting paid. I met someone through the organization who said I was really good helping them come up with new ideas and implementing them. They told me about a position they knew about, and gave me a great recommendation. I got the job and quit the one I did not like. I am so happy. It took some time but it was worth it. I never volunteered thinking this would happen, but I’m glad it did.

  • Sharon says:

    This is great inspiration. I have been out of work for a long time now and considered pursuing an animal-related career. It’s not easy especially when you are used to making Corporate America salaries, but it’s worth thinking seriously about if you’re unhappy with your current career. I am at a crossroads now and hope to take the right path.

  • Debbie says:

    I was out of work for 6 months so started volunteering at the local shelter. Guess what? They offered me a job 3 months ago!

  • bonnie says:

    this is a great post!! i have started a pet sitting business in an attempt to transition from my existing business as a medical transcriptionist because that field is dying and i have been out of the work force per se for too long to be employable. and i have my own critters that are used to me being home so i need that flexibility. pet sitting is the perfect option though not lucrative yet. but i have great hope!!!

  • Ken says:

    I liked this post. Thank you.

  • Sharon says:

    I volunteer at my local humane society but never thought of using those contacts and the experience I am getting to help me find a new job (career as you state). I need to find something else because I also don’t enjoy my job. I love spending time with the animals but the humane society could not pay what my job does. You had great ideas.

  • Amanda says:

    I have been in the same job for a long time. I hate what I am doing and dread going to work everyday. I do have a passion for animals and would like to find a way to work around them, like you do. This has motivated me to look at options. I agree with Joshua, you are a great inspiration while helping animals and people.

  • Joshua says:

    Thanks for posting this. I am out of work just like a lot of my friends and family. This has given me some things to think about. You always have great ideas and suggestions.

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