Staff Spotlight: Meagan MacKay
Meet the shelter’s Volunteer Manager, Meagan MacKay! Meagan plays a key role in making our mission possible by onboarding new volunteers and supporting our current volunteers who dedicate their time to animal enrichment, administrative support, and so much more.
Q. What is your role at the shelter?
I recruit and manage our shelter volunteers. Specifically, I oversee the orientation and onboarding processes. I assist in scheduling training shifts for new volunteers interested in direct animal care as well as administrative and veterinarian assistance. I also support our volunteers and collaborate with them on solutions to best serve pets in our care.
Q. What does a day in your life at the shelter look like?
Typically, my weeks consist of meeting up with new volunteers for their onboarding paperwork and a tour of the shelter. I spend a significant amount of my week also answering emails, scheduling onboarding for new volunteers and groups of volunteers, and processing volunteer applications. I frequently meet with various departments to collaborate on streamlining our processes and getting any needed support for our animals.
Q. What made you want to work at the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County?
I want to make a direct, positive impact on the animals in my community!
Q. Why are you so passionate about the work we do?
Animals don’t have a voice and we need to ensure that they have people advocating for them so they live their happiest lives possible!
Q. Any stories you’d like to share?
In the summer, I fell in love with a dog named Rihanna. She is a sweet pitbull who came in with a skin condition. I frequently had her in my office during the workday to give her a kennel break. One day, she went to a foster home and on her return, she was placed up for adoption. Very soon after returning, she had a family interested in adopting her. I happened to be walking by when I overheard the family discussing Rihanna. Of course, I chimed in and expressed how special this pup truly is! Soon after, that family adopted Rihanna and she has her loving home. Animals make a special impact on us, even if they are here for a short time. Rihanna will have a place in my heart, and I feel that she brought me to my dog, Denali, who I adopted from the shelter!
Interested in a career at the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County? Check out our careers page for opportunities and apply today!