Staff Spotlight: Bryanna Shaw
Meet Bryanna! Bryanna, or Bry, as we call her, is the Facilities and Purchasing Coordinator for the shelter. Bry started volunteering at the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County in 2015 and quickly realized she could turn her passion for animals into a full-time career. This was especially true after she adopted her first dog from the shelter, Ghost, pictured above.
Q. What is your role at the shelter?
A. I am the Facilities Coordinator and Purchasing Manager.
Q. How long have you been working at the shelter?
A. I started in July 2016, so I just celebrated my four-year-anniversary.
Q. What does a day in your life at the shelter look like?
A. A day of work for me is busy and varied! I supervise building maintenance and inventory checks to ensure we have all the food and supplies needed for our animals.
Q. What made you want to work at the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County?
A. I first began volunteering at the shelter in 2015. Eventually, I applied to be an employee because being here brought me so much joy. And knowing I was helping animals towards a better life has always been a career dream of mine.
Q. What is your favorite part?
A. My favorite part about working at the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County is the sense of pride I feel knowing I am continuing a legacy that was built in 1888. Every day, for over 131 years, we have worked towards a better life for all animals.
Q. Any advice for someone considering a career in animal welfare?
A. Approach animal welfare is to have an open heart and an open mind! Every day will bring new joys and challenges.
Q. Why are you so passionate about the work we do?
A. My first pet was adopted from the shelter. Ghost was an older, scared Jindo who had spent his life outside. I took him home and spent countless hours working to gain his trust. I had an amazing two years with him before he passed. Ghost’s story reminds me every day why I work here and why it is important to advocate for animal welfare.