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Q: working with dogs

August 30, 2008 | By Laurie | 3 answers | Expired: 2044 days ago

working with dogs

Heres my question, has anyone (preferably a single person)ever left a somewhat well paying job and ditched it all to work with animals??? I'm a police dispatcher (started out as a dog warden) make somewhat good money but am totally burnt out (will start my 20th yr). I would really like to just leave here and go back to my first love,working with rescues at a shelter or sanctuary, only problem is I know theres really not much money in it. Not that I'm looking to make millions,just enough to survive.I said single in the begnning because everytime I read about someone doing something like this their married and have a partner who can still pay the bills.. So is there anyone out there thats chucked it all to live their dream of working with animals???
Laurie

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Rhonda Hughes
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Sep 01, 2008

I did this.....when I was 27 years old and single. I left a good paying job to run my rescue full time. If you love animals you probably have several in your house, which makes it harder. You have to worry about having enough money for them as well as you. I have nothing....seriously, and have never been happier. I get enough money for rent and car payment. I have to work odd jobs to get food/gas money.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Aug 30, 2008

I haven't done this, but like you, would love to be able to leave my job in Public Safety and work with animals. Maybe you can stick it out for a few more years and make this your retirement goal. Take the opportunity to plan ahead. You can volunteer at a shelter or foster animals in need until you're ready.
Good luck.

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Nikki B.
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Aug 30, 2008

I "chucked it all to live my dream" but am not technically single. I will tell you that if you want to go into rescue work, you will likely need to do it, at least initially, on a volunteer basis. Most rescue positions are either volunteer or minimum wage positions.

I would suggest keeping your current job for now, and volunteering in your spare time. Often, volunteers with seniority will get first shot at the paid positions when they become available.

Maybe you could look for a position with the animal control office to get some paid experience, in addition to the volunteer experience.

There are other animal-related jobs that would give you experience with animals, and would still allow you to volunteer for shelters/rescues. Agian, the paid rescue positions (and they don't pay much) are very few and far between. You really need to start at the bottom as a volunteer to get your foot in the door.

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