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May 26, 2022

Staff Spotlight: Stefanie Cornell

Staff Spotlight: Stefanie Cornell

Stefanie cuddling and getting photos of a shelter pet being office fostered for the day.

Meet our Digital Marketing Manager, Stefanie Cornell! With her creative eye for photography, design, and professional storytelling skills, Stefanie builds awareness for the shelter’s many services and adoptable pets! 

Q. What is your role at the shelter?

I run our social media and try to help market adoptable pets, our programs, and the overall amazing work being done here at the shelter. I also do the shelter’s graphic design, so I design our shelter merch, event graphics, flyers, and more. I also help tell important stories through videos, such as the shelter’s career video which highlights the great opportunities available here. 

Q. What made you want to work at the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County?

I had left my previous job in December 2020 and after going on a car camping trip through Colorado, Utah, and Arizona – I knew I didn’t want to live in Wisconsin anymore. I started looking for jobs outside of the state and had always dreamed of combining my two passions of marketing and pets. I just happened across this position and applied as quickly as I could! I was lucky enough to be offered the job and figured out a way to move to Washington. Now here I am doing my dream job in a beautiful place!

Q. Why are you so passionate about the work we do?

My family always had dogs while I was growing up. Eventually, I convinced my parents to get another dog and one that would be my responsibility. The first dog that was really “mine” was a border collie/Labrador mix named Sally. Growing up, I relied on her for companionship and support. Through the illness of a family member and their passing, she was always there for a cuddle or a face lick. I wasn’t alone with her around.

Pets have made such a difference in my life that the ability to make a difference in their lives feels like a small way to pay back the kindness.

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Stefanie cuddling with shelter alumni.

Q. What’s your favorite part of working here?

My favorite part of working here is helping animals. I volunteered at the local shelter in the previous city I lived in which was significantly smaller than this shelter. The number of pets and people we are able to make a difference for is so inspiring. The people I work with is a close second. Working alongside so many amazing people and volunteers is incredible. Everyone is so dedicated to helping the pets we care for, it is what makes everything we hope to achieve feel so possible.

Q. Any stories you would like to share?

Not long after I started, I met Maggie. She was a cattle dog, German shepherd, and pitbull mix who stole a piece of my heart within seconds. If I could have taken her home, I would have.  She is sweet, brilliant, and independent. Maggie was here for a while before she was able to find her fur-ever home. I had the joy of weekend fostering her and she has left a permanent paw print on my heart – many of them do.

I will always be grateful to have known her and to have had time with her. Knowing she is loved, cherished, and cared for in her forever home now gives me infinite peace of mind.

Interested in a career at the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County? Check out our careers page for opportunities and apply today!

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