My name’s Stuart Paine. And I’ve been here for just over a year now, I just had my anniversary, and I’m very fortunate to have my dream job.
I had a big corporate career and I sort of realized early on that the altruistic element of work was something that really appealed to me. My previous role was running another charity and whilst I did a lot of good there and I loved the work I was doing, for me, animals have always been an amazing passion. I was really lucky to rescue a dog when I was quite young at 21, and he changed my life in a lot of ways and I really wanted to be able to give that to other people.
An average day for me is never an average day. We have a saying here and it’s called “shelter life”. So what I’ll do is I’ll have a very big plan of what I expect to do for the day, all the things I want to accomplish. Within the first 5 minutes of walking into the shelter, most of those plans change quite rapidly. As I said, being a pound, we can’t control what comes in here nor can we control when it comes in here. So it’s never a dull day, it can present a lot of challenges, a lot of stress to myself, and the team. But on the flip side we get to do some amazing things, so we were even able to reunite a lost pet with its owner that had been apart for eight years. And you cannot, cannot explain the feeling that gives not only to the staff, but, of course, the owner and the pet – and that’s something you take with you, you know, forever. That’s a memory that just doesn’t fade.
The volunteers and staff we have here are without a doubt, the lifeblood of this entire organisation. We simply cannot operate without them. And that extends not just to the staff and volunteers here, but the corporates, the people that help us and partner with us, just like Employsure.
I don’t know about you, but if I was going to put my money towards a cause, I’d struggle to find one that was better than what my team do.