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Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

  • 1.  Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Maddie's Fund Staff
    Posted 24 days ago

    Hello newcomers and seasoned members alike!!

    We had such a tremendous amount of responses on our previous welcome thread that we decided it was time to close the old thread and start a new one (and frankly, there were over 370 comments on the old one that it was slowing things down 😅).  You can still view the previous thread here to see all of the great responses but if you're new to Maddie's Pet Forum, haven't had a chance to introduce yourself to the community or your answers have changed, now is your time to shine!

    Please take a moment to introduce yourself by answering these three questions: 

    • Where are you from? (city, state, organization, etc.)
    • What do you do? (your job, volunteer position, life's calling, etc.)
    • If you could be ANY animal, what would you be and why? 

    And feel free to be creative!


    #PeopleManagement(includingVolunteerIntegration)

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    Charlotte Otero
    Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund
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  • 2.  RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Posted 24 days ago
    Hiya!

    • I'm from Pasco County Animal Services, located in Land O' Lakes, Florida (just north of Tampa)!
    • I'm the Volunteer & Foster Care Coordinator. I've been here since January 2018
    • If I could be any animal, it would without a doubt be an Axolotl. Regrow organs? Cute feathery gills? Stay in the water my whole life? Sign me up!
      Axolotl


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    Sarah Sukhram
    Vol. & Foster Coordinator
    Pasco County Animal Services
    Land O' Lakes, FL
    https://www.pascocountyfl.net/408/Animal-Services
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  • 3.  RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Posted 11 days ago
    Hi! I hope everyone reading this is having a fantastic day. Loved reading some of these responses from some of you all, very interesting animals you would choose to be.

    My name is Jeannie and I work with Lumpkin County Animal Shelter in Dahlonega GA.

    I work a dual role as an animal care technician and animal control officer, I provide care for the animals in my facility as well as educate, inform and provide assistance to my community. 

    If I had to choose any animal to be I would be my dog Kiwi, Kiwi was adopted from my shelter and now lives the best life of sleeping, playing with friends and eating the best food on the market. I would love to be as spoiled as her everyday of my life.

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    Wayne Marshall
    Lumpkin County Animal Shelter
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  • 4.  RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Posted 22 days ago
    Hello  my new animal welfare friends,

     My name is Marissa Reid and I work for an amazing organization called LifeLine Animal  Project in Atlanta, Georgia and I have been employed here since April of 2017.

     In  my current role as Clinic Director I oversee day to day operations for both our Community Animal Center and College Park locations. I wear many different hats. I do everything from staffing and training to actually working positions when we are short handed.  My current role is important to me because the health and welfare of the animals, clients and staff depends on my leadership and ability to get things done and problem solve at any given minute. 

     I do not think that I am one animal I like to belive that I am a mixture of quite a few.  Sometimes  I am a lion because I have to be " King" and take charge because my team depends on my direction and leadership.   Almost all the time I am like a starfish because I have to have tough skin in order to survive in the animal welfare field and the tough things that we see on a day to day basis. In most other times I have to be an ant because ants do not act individually, instead they behave accotding to the needs of the colony.  In my leadership role I have to make decisions based on what is good for my colony and tha is my entire team from my employees, the animals,  the clients , my co-workers all while being a positive representation of my organization and being a voice for the animals who cannot speak or care for themselves. 


     I aboslutely LOVE mu job and what I do and even though it is tough and emotionally taxing a lot of the time  I won't quit and I woukd nt change all of the things that I have been through to get to this point. I am s excited to be a aprt of this community and I hope that I can use my knowledge and skills to make a positive impact with this new community.  I  look forward to ineteracting with you all. 
       


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    Marissa Reid
    LifeLine Animal Project
    678.239.1901
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  • 5.  RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Maddie's Fund Staff
    Posted 20 days ago
    I thought I wanted to be a dolphin in the National Marine Sanctuary of Fernando de Noronha (Brazil), to enjoy protected status and live in paradise. But I think I may want to be an Axolotl, too!



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    Irene Chansawang
    Maddie's Fund
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  • 6.  RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Posted 20 days ago
    I am a volunteer animal foster-person (especially cats and kittens,) for the Regina Humane Society in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.  My work persona is as a Unit Clerk in a hospital setting.  I've been a foster-person for cats for a number of years, though I have slowed down for the last 2 years due to work-related issues.  If I could be any animal, my current favourite animal would be the Clouded Leopard.  I am amazed by their agility and acrobatics in trees.  They are one of the few cats that are supposed to be able to go headfirst up and down a tree.  I also love baby elephants because of their seeming happy nature.  I love animals but haven't ever had much opportunity to work with them as a job.  I love reading and learning how to better care for stray or behaviour challenged cats.  Have a great day!

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    sara smalley
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  • 7.  RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Posted 20 days ago
    Hi there!

    I am Dani but most people know me as Dani the Cat Lady. I am from Hudson, FL

    I am the founder and president of a rescue called The Runaways Animal Rescue. We just finished renovating a 7000 sq ft old church that we turned into our dream brick and mortar shelter facility. 

    If I could be any animal, I would be a house cat. Sleep all day and eat snacks when I'm not napping? Sounds like a dream. Also I would have claws and could scale just about anything I wanted? Adorable tiny ninja? Sounds like a dream, lol.



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    Danielle Giroux
    The Runaways Animal Rescue
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  • 8.  RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Posted 20 days ago
    Hi! I'm Xena Rivers, from Austin Pets Alive! in Texas. I'm the Neonatal Kitten Foster Recruitment Lead.

    The animal question is interesting -- I've always had the closest affinity for wolves, but I never spent much time thinking about why! But it's for lots of reasons...I love the forest, and would love to be able to romp in the snow without getting cold! Wolves are also both loving and ferocious, and know when each is applied best.

    If I could be an imaginary animal, I'd be a dragon 'cause I'd get to fly and live in the mountains (breathing fire is a bonus).

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    Xena Rivers
    Austin Pets Alive!
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  • 9.  RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Posted 10 days ago

    Welcome everypawdy! This is such a fun topic to watch, and see all the great work y'all are doing in all parts of the globe. THANK YOU!

    As for me, I'm not involved in direct hands-on rescue, but more like an ancillary service for rescue folks:

    • Where are you from? (city, state, organization, etc.)  Fort Collins, Colorado is Tripawds home base right now, but our RV is flying south for winter very soon!
    • What do you do? (your job, volunteer position, life's calling, etc.) I am the co-founder of Tripawds.com and Tripawds Foundation, the world's largest support community for animal amputees and their people. Between my husband and I, and a couple of volunteers, we do it all here to help people and pets live their best lives on 3 legs.
    • If you could be ANY animal, what would you be and why? A bald eagle. They are incredible birds to watch, and always seem to make people stop and go "Awwwww" when they fly overhead.
    P.S. Be sure to check out the Tripawds Rescue Fund just for (future) amputee animals in rescue care!

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    Rene Agredano
    Tripawds
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  • 10.  RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Posted 9 days ago
    Hello everyone! I'm from Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary in Green Bay, WI. I'm a grant writer and assistant social media manager. I used to help in animal care and front of house duties. I was a volunteer with the organization from 2017 to when I started working though.
    If I were any animal I would want to be a spoiled house cat! I would love to be able to cuddle and look out windows all day!

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    Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary
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    Kirstin Duprey
    Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary
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  • 11.  RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Posted 11 days ago
    Hi. I'm with the Beaver County Humane Society in Aliquippa, PA (western PA).

    I'm the Marketing and Development Manager and have been at BCHS since June 1, 2021. 

    I would be a Greyhound. I have two retired racing Greyhounds (I've had 6 total). Unlike me, they are nice and thin, they run very fast, get to sleep most of the day, and people are in awe of them wherever we go! LOL.  But they also have the very best life because Greyhound adopters are very committed, rarely have just one, and spoil their Greys daily!

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    Mary Lou Harju
    Beaver County Humane Society
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  • 12.  RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Maddie's Fund Staff
    Posted 24 days ago
    OK, that is the most amazing little creature ever! How have I never heard of an Axolotl before?! That picture reminds me of an upgraded version of the Sea Monkeys I wanted as a kid that ended up just being brine shrimp and not amazing little creatures wearing crowns and sitting around on their sea monkey couches. Wow!

    Welcome, Sarah!


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    Kim Domerofski (she/her)
    Community Manager
    Maddie's Fund
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  • 13.  RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Posted 19 days ago
    Hi sara! Nice to see someone from SK here! I used to work at the Moose Jaw Humane Society and also was a foster fail! My partner will never believe me again when I say "we are just fostering this cat for a week or two. Really." :)

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    Stephenie Campbell
    BCSPCA
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  • 14.  RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Posted 19 days ago
    Xena,

     Welcome.  I think wolves are very interesting creatures so I think you made a great choice.

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    Marissa Reid
    LifeLine Animal Project
    678.239.1901
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