Anna’s Words of Wisdom

My whole life, I knew that I wanted to work with animals. After college, I spent eight years as a veterinary technician before I decided I needed a change, and that’s when I found the job listing for the shelter manager at Chicago Canine Rescue.

I had no idea what I was getting into, but I’m so grateful that I made the choice I did. Managing an animal shelter is challenging, stressful and sometimes heartbreaking, but even on the hardest day, I never take it for granted.

Today, I am often struck by how lucky I am to be able to wake up every morning and help save animals’ lives. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing a rescue dog move from the shelter to a loving, “forever” home.

About the Author

Anna’s passion for working with animals stems from her early childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. While pursuing that career path, she realized her true calling: giving at-risk dogs and cats a second chance. Anna became the shelter manager at Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation eight years ago and “does it all” on a scrappy budget. In addition to speaking, promoting the shelter and fundraising, she gets to know each and every furry personality to make sure their “forever” home is a perfect fit.