When I was younger, I always worked at jobs where I felt that I could make a difference. As a child, I was forever rescuing critters or pet sitting for neighbors. In my teens, I also sought babysitting jobs and began working in human health care positions. I continued to volunteer with animals and eventually felt the best fit for me was as a veterinary technician. I could incorporate my hobbies and skills.
I was paid as a veterinary assistant and technician. Later, I owned my own pet care/pet sitting business. However, the unpaid positions were just as fulfilling as the paid ones. Working with animals is very rewarding in any capacity. Teaching a puppy a new thing is as much fun for me as it is for the puppy. Teaching an old dog a new trick is exhilarating. Rehabilitating a stray cat who has been hit by a car is exciting. Seeing a critically ill animal respond to treatment is amazing. Helping animals live long, happy, healthy lives is something I feel very strongly about. There is no monetary value for that.
Fostering newborn kittens is something that I especially love to do. When I see these tiny little babies work so hard to survive, I am in awe. They are beginning life with nothing, no mother to provide their very basic needs. Yet, they fight to survive. Their inner strength humbles me. I feel privileged to be a part of their journey as their surrogate mother. It is extremely rewarding. The rewards are not monetary, however. They are the rewards of the heart and soul. I can make a difference. And so I do it...for them.
"It's easy to make a buck.
It's a lot tougher to make a difference."