So I don’t think I’ve written about it but I recently switched working environments and made a change of mind. I didn’t feel respected at my last job. The food industry, even just working as a barista, is a terrible place for employees. Even excluding my agoraphobia and how hard it is to be around people in general, my coworkers and bosses on top of customers are all demeaning rude and hypercritical. I can take critique. I have no problem learning under pressuring circumstances and working towards perfect standards despite being intangible. But being treated like an idiot despite being under these impossible standards is not something I feel anyone should endure.
So I made the decision to leave my job as a barista and looked into another work outlet. I’ve always loved animals and wanted to work with them. I got a job at a small family owned pet resort for birds and cats. I adore cats, but I was a little more hesitant with birds. I’ve never had much experience with birds as pets besides chickens and ducks. I used to clean emu and owl cages as a child. I didn’t think I would enjoy the bird handling/cleaning as much as the cats. But after a few days I fell in love with the world of birds. There are of course, with any area, uncomfortable areas when working with them but the joy of them is overwhelming. They are delightful and interesting creatures. Curious and wild. I love my job. Which is playing and cleaning after animals all day. Minimal human customer contact. All my coworkers are delightful woman who love animals as well. It’s been a refreshing and lovely switch. I hope this job helps me get on a new work track with animal care instead of the food industry.
I’m learning a lot about animals. And teaching a lot. The job required a bio about myself and the animals I own or have taken care of in the past. I mentioned the 16 hermit crabs I’ve rescued and it stuck in the mind of my bosses so much that they told all the employees who have been asking me questions about them. One of my bosses asked me many questions about care and containment, all the while holding a huge macaw on his shoulder.
Needless to say I love my new job and it’s environment. I’m delighted to finally get my first steps into the animal care profession!