“Working here is a perfect way to combine my love of animals with my obsession with organizing things!
Dan has been with us for almost a year officially but he’s been a member of the DCSPCA family for a lot longer. His mom, Carol, is our Intake Coordinator for animal surrenders/strays and Dan volunteered here while he was still in high school. Dan and Carol have adopted and fostered many cats and dogs over the years. Their current household consists of 2 dogs, Lamb Chop and Chloe; and 2 cats– Aries and Baby. They are also fostering a Chihuahua puppy named Pinky, who was surrendered at the shelter.
When a job opened up working with cats in our medical practice, Dan joined DCSPCA full-time and learned first-hand the triumphs and disappointments of working in animal welfare. In any given week, dozens of stray or owner-surrendered animals come through our doors. Caring for them takes a special kind of person and keeping track of all the data that each intake necessitates is no small task. When we needed to move to a robust and complicated new database, Dan was up for the challenge. This database keeps track of all our animals and their individual information, as well as that of our adopters, and must be updated daily. Dan is our go-to for data and trains other staff in its use.
Soon Dan was also working with the development and communications team maintaining our donor database. “It’s really interesting to see how we are funded and how and why people donate. And having worked closely with the animals when I started here helped me understand how important donations are.”
Donor information such as names, addresses, gift amounts, etc. are critical to the successful cultivation of donors and keeping the donor database current and “clean” is one of the most important jobs at any nonprofit. Dan wonderfully combines true compassion and care with a sharp, organized mind and he is truly an asset to the organization.