Volunteer Work (Former Employee) – Corona, CA – May 29, 2017
My work was 100% voluntary and I received no pay. I enjoyed the time spent with the animals to me it was a humbling experience. The staff that worked for the Humane society shared my passion for taking care of animals.
Seeing the joy the animals have with human interaction
Adoption Services Supervisor (Current Employee) – Golden Valley, MN – June 25, 2017
People come to work for AHS because of the animals, but tend to end up staying due to their coworkers. The work is meaningful and fulfilling, if emotionally (and financially) challenging. Direct supervisors and Managers tend to be great, as does the Senior Leadership Team, but Ops Directors have created a workplace where you feel afraid to ask questions in case you'll get fired, where there's not a lot of opportunity for growth, and where directors hold grudges.
Veterinary Technician (Former Employee) – Golden Valley, MN – April 12, 2017
The very best thing about working for AHS is knowing that the work you do makes a difference in the lives of animals every day! The coworkers I had were fantastic - very supportive and willing to help others learn. The pay is really good for a non-profit organization, and the benefits are outstanding. However, it's pretty much impossible to finish all the tasks you need to get done in one 8-hour shift. Employees are consistently encouraged to "reach out" when they need help, but there's really no one to reach out to because everyone is swamped with their own tasks, so hearing "reach out" day in and day out was essentially meaningless. Management was also inconsistent -- I had three different managers in the span of a year, and expectations differed from manager to manager, so it was difficult to get a real handle for what was acceptable and what wasn't.
Additionally, during the employee retreats there are anonymous questions asked of senior leadership and some of them are pretty inappropriate. I felt awkward and uncomfortable being surrounded by that tension.
Great benefits, being able to be a part of a team that genuinely cares about animals and their welfare, kind coworkers and volunteers.
Inconsistent leadership and uncommunicated expectations, workload is beyond excessive, good people who worked hard were terminated for ridiculous reasons without any prior warning.
Volunteer (Former Employee) – Mount Pleasant, MI – December 12, 2016
I learned how to be patient and caring for animals that need it by spending time with them and giving them the attention they need. The staff was so caring and hard working in trying to make sure the animals find a nice home.
The job was fun and i met some great people. I helped find loving homes for amazing animals. Made some great friends. (animal friends). I love washing the dogs, showing the dogs attention, and cleaning the cat room.
Animal Care Lead (Current Employee) – Saint Paul, MN – May 16, 2016
The humane society is the best place for homeless animals. The staff is incredibly dedicated to giving the best possible care to each and every animal. However, the management cares very little for the staff, although they loudly profess otherwise. Benefits are great but the pay is entirely too small for the amount of work expected. This is a non-profit position: minimal pay for too much work but you keep doing it because it is so important.
veterinary technician (Former Employee) – golden valley – May 13, 2015
Awesome people doing the difficult day to day tasks especially the volunteers who work tirelessly to help the animals without any pay but love of the animals. The animal care, vet services and customer services people are very dedicated. Unfortunately, the pay is no where near competitive private practice that they should receive for their tireless work
i help where im needed (Current Employee) – Golden Valley, MN – April 3, 2015
at the Animal Humane Society my day being with wlking dog along a bike path near the Humane Society grounds i usually walk up to 5-8 dogs in the moring. then i go to the front desk to cover the receptionist's luch brake while i am there i direct phone calls to the proper department and anwers the questions i can. then i go to the education depratment and make confirmation calls for upcoming tuors, girl scout baged promgrams, or birthday parties. then go to the animal care department and clean cages, take animals to receive vaccinations or other meicine they may need. i also help transport aniamls to the apotion floor. i have been working at the Humane Society for 3 years going on my 4th. the work environment there is very wonderful i get along very well with my co-workers and help out when and where i can. the part i enjoy the most is working with and help animals
Very busy days, which I really enjoy. New challenges always come my way in this field which is something I really enjoy. I love being able to learn something new every day. The best part of my job is knowing I saved a life each and every day.
Executive Assistant to President/CEO (Current Employee) – Golden Valley, MN – August 25, 2013
Eight years of experience as an Executive Assistant have honed my ability to take an intuitive and proactive approach to high level support. As the Executive Assistant to the CEO at the Animal Humane Society, my role is imperative to improving efficiencies. Always looking ahead, I fully utilize my advanced Microsoft Office skills and our weekly one-on-ones to prepare the CEO for meetings, business travel and her work on a local, state and national level. Managing relationships is also a key component in my position. As the 1st point of contact to the office of the CEO, my role must always be one of a positive ambassador to the Board of Directors, government officials and the general public when disseminating communications.