Found Animals Foundation

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Exhilarating and Disappointing

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Found Animals Foundation full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Although 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!

Cons

Found 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 ManagementAdvice

Truly 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!

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    False Front

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Found Animals Foundation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This is easy, the staff. They are hard working, committed and just a great bunch of people. I actually feel sorry for them since their efforts will never be fully appreciated.

    Cons

    This is also easy, the management team. The management team is so horrifyingly bad it's hard to know where to start. It could be at the top with painfully insecure Director. Or with her right and left hand, who would rather agree with bad decisions, barely work and pick up a nice paycheck week after week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This advice is to the funder of Found Animals. Found Animals is an incredibly fortunate organization with tremendous potential thanks to your backing and the number of dedicated staff. Replace the three-headed monster running the organization and watch Found Animals soar. The staff, community and animals will thank you!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    They may love animals, but not humans.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous 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 offices. Obviously, the mission of helping animals is rewarding though there are lots of animal welfare organizations out there doing a lot more, with a lot less.

    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 want to be fired for ridiculous reasons, without warning, and after an insane amount of effort and time put in, you should work here. No one is on the same page about their store operations and it seems their newest location is still not open, almost a year later than announced. The CEO has a superiority/insecurity complex that you don't want to cross, disagree with or challenge. The entire culture is incredibly toxic. Some really nice people there but also some truly horrible ones without a conscience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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