When Ellie Beaubien received a citation from Pima Animal Care Center for having a rooster in an urban environment, it set her on a career
path she never anticipated.
Just out of high school, she brought the rooster in to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, saw a “we’re hiring” notice, and has been
working with animals ever since.
Now, as the first full-time staff member at Pima Animal Care Center dedicated solely to adoptions, her whole focus will be on helping pets find their new homes, both in the Silverbell adoption center and at off-site events, such as baseball games, home shows, fairs and storefronts.
Both are key, she said. While there are more adoptions in a given day at the shelter, the off-site events are important for exposure and as a reminder that the adoption center at 4000 N. Silverbell has great options when it’s time to adopt another pet.
With the shelter doing a few off-site adoption events a month, her goal is to increase that over the near short-term to once a week, with an eventual goal of doing seven.
Beaubien is not new to Pima Animal Care Center, serving as the shelter supervisor since 2009. It’s a tough job, and that experience is fueling her in the new role, she said.
“The motivation that I have to save more is really a driving force for me,” she said. “I won’t stop.”
The owner of two pitbulls, Beaubien said there’s a reason she likes the challenge of her job. “There’s nothing stagnant about this environment. There’s something new and exciting every day.”
Over her desk is a placard reading, “Dwell in possibility.”
“The possibilities really are endless, so why not embrace them?” she asks.
There are two ways to help Beaubien reach her goals. If you have a business or an upcoming event and would be willing to share some space with some of our adorable pets for a day, she’d love to speak with you. Ditto if you have some time to help volunteer at those events. Give her a jingle at 243-5962 if you can assist.