Found Animals Foundation

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Exhilarating and Disappointing

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

ProsAlthough still relatively small, Found Animals is truly a place where animal lovers of all facets gather to discuss and contribute to resolving problems with the shelter system in America today. Money is no object so the company is not fueled with a mindset of: "how can we make more money." In other words, every branch of the company focuses on different reasons animals enter shelters in the first place by providing free public educational blogs/seminars/articles, low cost spay/neutering, free microchip registering, free/low cost microchips, training, volunteering, etc! And best of all, Found Animals has also created adoption locations of its own that directly combat animal shelter euthanasia by pulling animals straight from local high-intake shelters and giving them a chance to find a home without the threat of euthanasia looming over their heads!

ConsFound Animals is truly a gathering of skilled workers who are passionate about how they want to change the world...but each member's skills and background differ vastly from one another. Although this is part of the reason the company is so extraordinary, it also leads to a scattered sense of self and overall direction. Being such a tiny overall organization, each branch is held up by only a few members who have specialized knowledge to bring to that particular field of operations. How can a company with so many branches and directions control the growth and success of each branch without a great understanding of each area's specific purpose, goal and needs? And with such vastly differing branches (Retail, Marketing, Animal Care, Shelter Networking/Operations, etc, etc, etc.) who can oversee and manage every facet so that each branch not only succeeds, but continues to thoroughly understand and tackle each new contributing factor in animal euthanasia? The answer is, well, no one... at least not yet.

Advice to Senior ManagementTruly successful management is being able to recognize how the whole will not be successful without every piece of the puzzle working together towards the same goal aka the "lowest" positions in the company have just as much to add as the CEO. Management of all areas in a company requires caring about and understanding each area and what it has to contribute to the whole as well as what that area needs in order to do that "specialized" job. The person who cleans the toilet and sweeps the floors is there because someone needs to do that job. If that person is not monitored and given the equipment necessary to do their job then the job will not get done properly. Likewise, just looking at the floor and wondering why it's not clean does not affect whether or not that job is done properly. Neither does threatening to replace that worker since the real problem was never addressed; "why was the janitor able to clean the floor?" Therefore, it is going down to the janitor, understanding his goals and needs then making sure he has the right equipment to do the job that is true management. Found Animals needs to either break off into different specialized branches or be overseen by someone who understand how every branch contributes to the overall fight against unnecessary animal euthanasia.

Currently the Adopt & Shop branches are struggling under misdirection/mismanagement. Although they are still saving animals by finding new wonderful people to be their forever families, many of the obstacles they are facing on the front lines are not being addressed such as staffing and best practices for adoptable animal housing, training, and medical care. There also seems to be vastly different ideas of what that branch should be and how it should operate. Is it a boutique store or a shelter rescue venue? Is it expensive and exclusive or inexpensive and inclusive? Does it only take in perfectly healthy, trained, beautiful animals or real animals?

My advise to upper management is more of a desperate request: Please do not waste the efforts of those on the front lines, the ones making the connections with the public and the ones taking care of these amazing yet imperfect animals. Please keep yourself open to the real goal and that is saving as many of those animals as possible. Please refocus your expectations towards addressing real problems and real solutions. No animal is perfect and no family is perfect yet with policies and practices geared towards making each person and animal more perfect for each other truly amazing things can be done!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    They may love animals, but not humans.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    I worked at Found Animals Foundation full-time


    Pros: Found Animals provides pretty good salary and benefits in comparison to other nonprofits. There are lots of perks too like company lunches and nice… Cons: If you want to work 60-80 hour weeks on a regular basis with very little acknowledgement, this is the place for you. If you… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    My experience: exhausting, unorganized, and disappointing.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    I worked at Found Animals Foundation for less than a year


    Pros: One of the best reasons to work for any non-profit animal foundation is saving the furry faces. The people you work beside… Cons: The cons for working for this foundation is no one is working as a cohesive team. Upper management seems to have their own agenda and… Advice to Senior Management: If you [FAF] keep up with same patterns you have and had with Adopt & Shop: Mission Viejo. Then, Culver City will go down the… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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