From The Front Desk

Making Every Minute Count

by Shannon McFarlin, Shelter Director

"Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of." -- Ben Franklin

Life is short. That was the main idea behind my career change. After graduating from Cal Poly, SLO, and working in corporate marketing for several years, I realized that when I got home at night, I wasn't fulfilled by what I had done all day. And life's too short to spend the majority of your time doing something that's not personally fulfilling.

I thought, "I love animals -- I'd like to spend my time working in a field that helps animals." So, back to school I went and now here I am, two years later, with a degree in veterinary technology and working as the Shelter Director for Wildlife Rescue, Inc.

In the short time I've been here, I have had the fantastic opportunity to see more human kindness than I've seen in all my life. More than 1,400 wild animals have come through our doors this year and all of them have been brought in by people who could have just left them for "nature" but didn't.

And once those animals were here, our skilled and tireless volunteers rehabilitated them, doing everything they could to help them become releasable. I am so impressed with the level of dedication among WRI volunteers -- they put in hours upon hours of free time every day to give these animals a better chance at survival.

Every day when I lock up the shelter and head home, I feel a sense of fulfillment that reminds me why I made the life change that I did. I'm so glad to be here and to be a part of this wonderful effort.

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Copyright © 1997 Wildlife Rescue, Inc. -- Photo © Brad Milliken
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