Staff Spotlight: Christy Thomson
Meet Community Services Manager, Christy Thomson! Christy recently joined the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County team. She helps Make Happy Happen every day for both pets and people in the community.
Q. What is your role at the shelter?
My role is to help advance the shelter’s community outreach efforts and grow the shelter’s ability to transfer in animals that need it the most from overpopulated shelters.
Our shelter offers a variety of community outreach services to help keep pets with their people! Our Community Clinic offers affordable medical care for pet owners. Our Pet Food Pantry provides needed pet food for when pet owners fall on hard times. Our Pet Support Counseling assists pet owners with resources and guidance to help them keep their pets instead of having to be surrendered.
The shelter also has a Humane Education Program, which offers presentations for local classrooms. These presentations help inspire children to learn compassion and respect for animals.
Q. What made you want to work at the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County?
I was excited about getting to work with the community and their pets and helping advance our services for the much-needed low-cost care opportunities for pet owners.
Q. Why are you so passionate about the work we do?
I’ve worked in the animal welfare industry for more than 20 years at several animal welfare organizations, including working in the law and justice realm. At one point, I was an Animal Control Officer in Kitsap County, and during that time I was called upon to help many animals in need. One of which was a case with over 400 dogs that were rescued from a local puppy mill. I’ve seen animals come from cruel and horrible environments. From this, animals and their welfare are my passion. I love working with animals and helping the community we serve.
Q. What’s your favorite part of working here?
Working with my team. Our Pet Support and Humane Education team are hard workers and a wonderful group of people.
Q. Any new or future projects/initiatives you are looking forward to?
Our team is working on several exciting projects and our community programs are a much-needed resource in the community right now. In fact, we’ve recently had tremendous growth and interest in the shelter’s Humane Education Program. Our Humane Education Coordinator has presented to over 900 students since January!
Interested in a career at the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County? Check out our careers page for opportunities and apply today!