In children’s books and cartoons, the “dogcatcher” is always the bad guy who is trying to rob the animals of their freedom. But in real life, the animal-control officer is often more interested in rescuing and protecting the dogs he or she finds in the course of a day’s work. Here’s a great profile of Nick Walton, a 24-year-old animal-control officer in Fulton County, Georgia. As you’ll see, this man is a true dog lover, and he has devoted his professional life to doing what he can for the abused, abandoned, and neglected dogs in his area:
Every day when I go home, I try to focus on the animals I was able to save that day … that if I hadn’t been there, the outcome for that dog’s life could have been different. For me to take a dog back to the shelter and a few days later see an adoption stamp on the kennel card, that’s one of the best feelings I’ve ever had in my entire life. Yes, it’s a very dangerous job, I can’t sugarcoat it, but I find it exciting. It gives you an adrenaline rush, and you’re able to use that feeling to make a change for the positive.
This is a great read, and it will leave you with a lot of respect for people who do this difficult but rewarding job.