Shelter Medicine: An Emerging Veterinary Specialty That Offers Hope

Shelter Medicine - emerging veterinary specialty to help rescue animals

By Paula Fitzsimmons

Rescues are filled with animals who have suffered to some degree in their previous lives. Then there’s shelter life, rife with its own unique challenges – from the stress of being in a new environment, to increased vulnerability to outbreaks.

Balancing the needs of individual animals with that of the group’s isn’t a cake walk for shelter staff, either.

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A Career as a Conservation Canine Handler: Part 2, Do You Have What it Takes?

Dog in field - Interview with Jennifer Hartman of Conservation Canines CK9 dog handler

By Paula Fitzsimmons with Jennifer Hartman

Conservation canines and their handlers are playing a vital role in wildlife protection. Dogs have an unrivaled ability to detect scat from dozens of species – scientists use these samples to learn more about a wild population’s behaviors, movements, and feeding patterns.  This data is valuable not only in fighting wildlife crimes, but it can aid in forming effective and humane wildlife management policies.

The dogs, who primarily come from rescues, have to possess certain characteristics to make the cut – namely, a playful spirit, boundless energy, and the ability to work in the field for hours at a time.

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Wildlife Defenders: A Career as a Conservation Canine Handler (Part 1)

Wildlife defenders - career as conservation canine CK9 handler

By Paula Fitzsimmons with Jennifer Hartman

With wildlife poaching at epidemic levels and time the enemy, fighting these crimes has never been as critical. Conservationists fortunately have effective tools at their disposable, most of them technological in nature – DNA analyses, acoustic traps, and radio collars, to name a few. But one tool, which some conservationists claim is even more effective, turns out to be our four-legged canine friends.

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A Career Raising Cash for Animal Causes . . . Is It for You?

Fundraising with Angela Grimes

By Paula Fitzsimmons with Angela Grimes

All animal protection and care jobs are important in their own right. Animal caregivers, administrators, veterinary professionals, humane officers, sanctuary operators, and others working in this field all play a vital role. Yet their important work wouldn’t be possible without incoming cash. Animal food, rent, employee salaries, vet services, and administrative costs don’t come cheaply. Yep, it’s similar to running a business.

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Get Noticed! Animal Protection Agency Managers Speak Out

Otter get noticed

By Paula Fitzsimmons

You may possess an incredible work ethic, be super skilled, and passionately in love with animals – the kind of worker that could really make a difference in an organization and the animal protection community. But if you don’t impress potential employers at the start – beginning with your application, resume or CV – you won’t get past the initial step in the hiring process. While you may know what you have to offer is good, they may not.

I’ve asked managers from an assortment of animal advocacy organizations, including National Audubon Society, Foster Parrots, Save the Chimps, Born Free USA, and Dane County Humane Society, for their input. They’ve graciously offered their best tips for what it takes to wow your future employer.

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Do You Have What it Takes to Work for a Primate Sanctuary? An Interview with Save the Chimps

Save the ChimpsBy Paula Fitzsimmons with J. Christopher Scott

If you’re an animal advocate, you’ve likely heard of The Great Chimpanzee Migration – the nine-year undertaking in which chimps “donated” by the Coulston Foundation were transported from New Mexico to their new sanctuary home in Florida. The organization that took on this monumental task is Save the Chimps, a sanctuary now situated on 150 acres in sub-tropic Fort Pearce.

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Do You Have What it Takes to Work for a Wildlife Advocacy Organization? An Interview With Born Free

African Elephant

By Paula Fitzsimmons with Adam Roberts

If you’ve thought about a career with a major wildlife advocacy organization, you’re not alone. It’s a dream for many an animal activist. . . so your contributions have to be pretty special.

Passion and a desire to make a difference for animals are, of course, vital to working in this field – but so are other skills and characteristics. To help define what this specifically means, I’ve asked Born Free’s chief executive officer, Adam M. Roberts for his input.

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Do You Have What it Takes to Work for a Parrot Rescue Organization? An Interview With Foster Parrots

Parrot RescueBy Paula Fitzsimmons with Karen Windsor

Do you think you have what it takes to snag that dream job at an animal shelter or welfare organization? A lot of people want to work with animals, but it takes a special person – one with the right skills, level of commitment, passion, and attitude – to land the job.

To help you gain insights into what these organizations look for in applicants, I’m conducting a series of interviews with managers from an assortment of animal advocacy groups.

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