Tonight I am going to bed worried about a single injured and neglected hen from an open investigation. It seems silly after all these years. The welfare of a single, solitary, chicken…that is the nature of this profession and the reason very few reach retirement. It is not a job; it is a dual mission that we pursue for the animals who need our care or intervention and on behalf of the community in which we live.
Over the past 29 years I have been surrounded by the most amazing people from all walks of life and every station. What resonated for all was our mutual concern for animal welfare and the sense of belonging and personal investment that makes it right to provide for our animals as well as our citizens.
There are so many to thank for making my career here at Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control so meaningful. The incredibly professional staff and volunteers, city administrators supporting our efforts behind the scenes, my coalition colleagues, and a myriad of citizens spreading our good word and contributing to our cause.
My maxim right now is that I am too young to retire, but you have to recognize when it is time to step aside. So what is next for me? It will be a pathway of pursuit of my passions and time with my family. My encore career focus will be on cruelty interventions, teaching, photography, and travel, as well as helping others to pursue their passions. I will be leaving in January but will always support this wonderful and deserving agency and our hard working coalition. We have already been working on making this a smooth transition and knowing that we have built a strong, capable and caring team makes this, now, the right path to take. So instead of saying goodbye, which is always filled with sadness, I will say hello to tomorrow’s new adventure with great anticipation.