I have been working at Alley Cat Allies full-time (More than a year)
Being a full-time employee of Alley Cat Allies for nearly two years, I can honestly say that improving the lives of cats is job one. The people who work here are hardworking and dedicated to the cause; we consider ourselves champions for cats.
I find the office environment to have a positive, creative synergy that translates into continually finding new ways to help community, shelter and pet cats.
The weekly staff meetings keep all employees up to speed on our advocacy and outreach work. Upper management continually educates the staff about important topics that benefit cats such as cat behavior, shelter management policies/trends, law and legislation issues and more.
I’ve been working in animal welfare for over fifteen years and know how stressful, demanding and sometimes down right frustrating this line of work can be. As with all non-profits, businesses and relationships, nothing is perfect.
We do a lot of intense work on behalf of animals that are easily over looked, dismissed as nuisances and most of all, are plainly misunderstood by many people. This is hard work and can sometimes be emotional but at other times be extremely rewarding.
Advice to Management
My advice to management is to continue finding ways to place staff in areas where they can use their talents and strengths.
I applied online. The process took 6 days. I interviewed at Alley Cat Allies in September 2013.
Had a phone interview with their human resources person for the Data Management Specialist position. The interview was mostly about organizational culture and fit, telling me about how they kept several rescued cats in the office, and whether or not I had any allergies to cats. A question about allergies to cats as early on as that surprised me. My understanding is that, under the ADA, employers are not allowed to ask any questions about medical conditions until after a job offer has been made. Information about allergies is a medical question, and as no job offer was made, I cannot state with confidence that my prospects for this position were not colored by medical information that they were not (yet) legally entitled to ask.
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